Snow or not?

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? I am! Growing up in upstate NY, we had many a white Christmas. So for me, I really get in the mood for the holidays when I see snow. Only so far, it keeps missing me. We’re talking barely missing me. People I work with have 8+ inches on the ground while the most we’ve had is about an inch, and that is already gone. The weekend snow up in the northeast missed me entirely, except for the rain. That we keep getting.

What is it 1910064_f520about the holidays that make us think of snow? Perhaps it’s all the old Victorian Christmas cards, or holiday songs. For me, it’s a fond memory of my childhood and trudging off in the snow to church Christmas morning in our Christmas dresses, boots, coats, hats, and mittens, only to be so darn hot in church that we would feel faint. Or perhaps it’s that feeling of being snowbound and having nothing to do but play with our toys as the snow softly falls from the sky. Or waking up on Christmas Eve night thinking it must be morning because it’s bright out only to look out the window and see a blanket of snow covering the ground.

We’ve had a few white Christmas’s since we’ve been in Maryland. There was, of course, snowpocalypse four years ago when we had 20 inches of snow four days before Christmas (followed by two 20ft snowfalls in February). There was a beautiful snowfall years ago on Christmas morning with the biggest snowflakes I had ever seen. It didn’t last long b997757fef5504d10e2f4b1ba66710da3ut it was gorgeous.

So for those of us hoping for a white Christmas, here are some cookies to get you in the mood:


Surprise Snowballs

¾ cup of butter

½ cup of sugar

¼ tsp salt

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla

1 ¾ cups of flour


¾ cup of powdered sugar – reserved for after baking

Assorted candy pieces like gumdrops, M&M’s, etc

Beat butter until softened. Mix in sugar, salt, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add flour and mix. Shape dough in to 1 inch balls and press a piece of candy into the center. Reshape the dough into a ball around the candy.

Bake at 350° on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart for about 6 minutes. While cookies are warm, place in a ziplock bag with powdered sugar. Enjoy!Enticing The Earl (eBook)  small

So, are you hoping for a white Christmas where you live? Or would you prefer a warmer climate to celebrate the holidays?

I’m giving away a copy of Enticing the Earl to one commenter today.





  • Jane says:

    Hello Christie,
    I am hoping for a white Christmas. It doesn’t happen often. I also wouldn’t mind spending Christmas on a tropical island.

  • Kaelee says:

    Well we have quite a bit of snow on the ground right now so there is a good chance we will have a White Christmas. Except that after a few days the snow looks dirty grey. We did have a chinook wind for a couple of days and it melted some of the snow. We then got some more fluffy white stuff.

    Personally we have to make some trips by car over the next little while so I’d be really happy if we didn’t get any more snow until late January.

  • PenneyW says:

    Hi Christie, the snowballs sound good my daughters wanted to bake something tomorrow so I’m adding these. Thanks

  • ki pha says:

    Hahahahaha A white Christmas huhh. Well, since I’m here in Minnesota we will definitely have a white Christmas. It’s already here waiting for the big day. LOL
    We, my siblings and I are just waiting for the day it won’t be a white Christmas. 😀
    And Great recipe!!

  • Helen says:


    I would love a white Christmas but no hope of that here in Oz LOL we usually have very hot Christmas Days but maybe one day I will get my dream of a White Christmas 🙂

    I love that recipe must try that one the grandkids will love them and me too

    Have Fun

  • Mary Preston says:

    If we get a white Christmas I will know I got lost along the way. It’s always a very hot Christmas here in Australia. Lots of ice cold drinks & fruit & salads.

    One year we put chocolate decorations on the Christmas tree. We ended up with chocolate puddles on the floor. Not a very sensible thing to do.

  • Barb says:

    Hi Christie
    I am afraid I have to have the warmer climate as I am in Australia although I would like it a bit cooler… Even though I lived in England for over 30 years before I came to Aus we very rarely had a white Christmas … So it looks like the only white Christmas here will be the food one lol

  • sandyg265 says:

    I’m in NJ but I’m hoping not to have more snow.

  • flchen1 says:

    No snow here! Because it’s such a novelty, the kids would LOVE it if it snowed, but the last time I remember it snowing in this area was over 30 years ago 😉 I’m guessing we won’t be having a white Christmas, at least not without traveling!

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Christmas in Northeast Ohio always feels like it is missing g something if we don’t have snow on the ground. We have quite a bit right now, but we might hit 60° on Sunday. Then, it will drop back to a high in the low 30s for Monday. Fingers crossed for snow.
    Reading your post definitely brought back childhood memories. I absolutely love how everything seems so quiet in the snow! You can see so much better in the dark because everything kind of glows, and you can see where all the woodland creatures are traveling. They leave little prints all over my backyard. The Christmas lights look brighter, and the random snowman in a front yard always makes me smile.

  • Shannon says:

    A White Christmas has always been a hit or miss proposition where I’ve lived, even in colder climes. An as a child, I yearned for a White Christmas.

    I live in a city that doesn’t deal well with snow. A single snowflake starts the debate of whether my job will be open or delayed. The schools close which is a burden for single parents.

    The ideal is a skiff of snow Christmas eve, and a warm sunny day that allows the kids to play in the snow and the roads to clear before the work day.

  • Maureen says:

    When I was a kid I always hoped for a white Christmas but as an adult we have often traveled to see my family and a white Christmas was not something I wanted unless the roads were clear.

  • Lucy says:

    I am in Australia, so it won’t be a white Christmas for us!
    Funnily enough we have discussed going to New York (not sure why New York though!!) one year for Christmas.
    Last year we had a BBQ on Christmas Day and it was actually so cold that we had to eat inside instead of outside as originally planned 🙂

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I would love to have snow for Christmas, we have had a couple little stir ups this year already but not what I remember from childhood.
    I just love to watch it snow, preferably from inside a nice snug warm house but I don’t even mind getting out an about in it either.

  • Mozette says:

    I’d love to have a White Christmas… however, I’ve only ever sung about it while being a member of a choir. Not all that great when you’re dressed up in your formal outfit with stockings and roasting like hell in 25 degree Celsius weather at night… o.O

    But over the last few Christmas’, we’ve been lucky enough to have a few good cooler days where we can wear jeans or slacks… and not have to fight for the cool draft in the house. 🙂

    However, being a Queenslander, I hope to experience a White Christmas one of these days. 😀

  • Caren Crane says:

    Christie, I have had exactly ONE white Christmas in my life. I take that back. There may have been a second, but it was when my son was a baby, so I remember very little. 🙂

    I would ADORE a white Christmas! Honestly, I dream of it every year right along with Bing Crosby. Except I never really knew them. The one white Christmas we had in Nashville was when I was a little girl and it was completely magical. Just the perfect holiday! Memories of that tremendously happy Christmas have sustained me in years when Christmas wasn’t as happy or nearly as scenic. I just hope my kids get to see one someday!

    Your Surprise Snowballs are much like my Russian Teacakes that I just made on Sunday! I use chopped pecans instead of candies, but that is an alternate on this recipe. They are my favorites because they aren’t too sweet (despite the powdered sugar) and they are insanely buttery! 😀

    I hope we both get snow for Christmas this year!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I love a white Christmas. Growing up in Indiana we used to always have snow. It came in November and stayed until March, so definitely snow for me. By the way, we have 8 inches now with more expected next week!

  • Laurie G says:

    I’m in central Wisconsin and we have about 5 inches of snow on the ground. I do like a storybook white Christmas! Lights on palm trees and 80* temps don’t remind me of Christmases growing up in the Midwest.

    I do not like the cold! It was -7*F yesterday morning. Snow can be beautiful IF you don’t have to drive in it. I’ve been stuck too many times. I’ve also had several close calls driving to and from work. I want to be able to take a walk or go cross country skiing.

  • gamistress66 says:

    I agree there is something about a white christmas that just makes it more christmassy and a light snow is welcome to arrive late christmas eve into early christmas afternoon (particularly if I get to stay home & enjoy it rather than have to try to drive around in it) — enough snow to be pretty & festive but not so much that it really requires shoveling or causes headaches when have to head out in it afterwards.

  • Cassondra Murray says:

    Hi Christie,

    I admit that this year I am not hoping for a white Christmas because of people having to travel. But I will say there is a peacefulness when it snows that I don’t sense at any other time. I don’t know whether the snow actually muffles the sound so everything seems more quiet, or if everybody just stops making noise, but when you go out on a snowy morning it is SO still and quiet. Nothing else feels like that. Some years it goes all year without a real snow here in Kentucky (though I think the trend is turning back to colder winters) and I miss that beautiful white silence.

  • may says:

    I live in Toronto and we have enough snow already. .. I don’t mind if we don’t have to go out but it is tough to go out…

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Christie, I’m lovin’ the idea of a White Christmas, but like you I’m thinkin’ we may be out of luck again. A white Valentines Day seems to be more our speed, doesn’t it! Ha!!

    I adore snow as all the Bandits and long-time buddies know, so…yep,…wishin’ for a White Christmas!

  • Susan Sey says:

    I love a white Christmas! Then again, I’m a midwestern girl, through & through. If my state of residence doesn’t touch Canada, it’s probably too warm for me. When winter comes, I want to go out to play. Which means that I require snow. I don’t require mountains, just snow. My skis are designed to go cross-country, & my ice skate blades are sharpened & ready to go. And we already have a respectable covering, so I’m delighted. As soon as I get the holidays behind me, I’m going out to enjoy it!

  • anne says:

    Snow would be welcome since it is sunny and bright. Love the beauty of the season.

  • ellie says:

    I enjoy soothing warmth, sunshine and temps that are summerlike. Just a summer person and have always been that way. Cold is too hard on me.

  • Diana Huffer says:

    I love a white Christmas as long as the roads are clear and family can safely travel. We have a couple of inches now, with more predicted for later today. However, it’s then supposed to warm up and rain over the weekend but then a possibility of more snow for the first part of next week — just in time! 🙂

  • I was just in Florida a week or so ago and it just didn’t feel right. The Christmas decorations were up. I saw plastic blow-up snowmen and wooden cut-outs – but nothing has the feel of the real thing.

    Now we have snow on the ground right now but warm temperatures this weekend will probably melt all that away – including the adorable snowman the little girl built next door. I think we’ll have a brown Christmas this year which is good for traveling but not nearly as pretty. After Christmas, though, I can easily live without the freezing temps and the slippery ice.

  • I would love some snow for Christmas, Christy! Unfortunately in Dallas that means ice first…then bad drivers!!

    But a soft thick snow with big fat flakes on Christmas Eve? PLEASE Yes!!!

  • catslady says:

    I want the snow since that is what I am use to but I don’t want so much that the roads are so bad that people can’t travel. We’ve actually been pretty lucky this year at least so far. We are due for more snow but got my fingers are crossed.

  • diane says:

    My Northern Clime days are over and the snowfalls were constant and difficult to endure. I prefer heat and no cold temperatures.

  • Connie Fischer says:

    I live in southwest Florida and love my warm Christmases. If I want snow, I can see it in the pictures that people are posting online. Then, I can smile, put on my bathing suit and head to the pool. 🙂

    Merry Christmas to all and may you get your choice of snow or sun!

  • pearl says:

    Snow, Snow stay away. Come again another day. Not now when it is dry and warmer.

  • Debbie says:

    I would like snow, there’s is a slight possibility of getting it, but not very likely, I can hope.

  • Minna says:

    We’ve always had a white Christmas. But with climate change, who knows? There’s awfully little snow at the moment.

  • Thanks for keeping the party rolling here today. They have cracked down on the firewalls (the norm for late Nov- Dec) so I can’t access the blog or even my emails. But I’m finally home and can read all the wonderful comments.

  • It looks like we will have rain for Christmas here in LA (Lower Alabama.) 🙁 I have fond memories of our three Christmases in England. They were all white Christmases with lots of snow, Christmas carolers and all of the wonderful things Christmas in a small English village means.

    I also spent three Christmas Seasons in Germany and Austria and they were magical. I had some of the most amazing roasted chestnuts from a street vendor in Salzburg and the Christkind Markt was an incredible display of Christmas crafts not to be believed. I still have the hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments I watched a master craftsman make for me.

  • Becke Turner says:

    I spent too many years looking for new calves in snow that was chest deep on my horse. It looks nice, but only if you’re not working in it. I like the image of sitting in a lodge sipping hot chocolate by the fire.

    We took a night horseback ride in falling snow with flakes the size of drop cookies. The forest was totally silent and pristine. It was amazing.

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    In Michigan it’s rare when we don’t have a white Christmas. LOL And while I enjoy looking at the snow, I dislike traveling in it and shoveling it.

  • Kim says:

    Thanks for the recipe. We have quite a bit of snow wich is good. I like a white Christmas.

  • bn100 says:

    Don’t have a preference

  • Barbara Elness says:

    No white Christmas for me. Here in Florida it’s still pretty warm, although we’re having a “cold snap” right now, it’s in the high 40’s/low 50’s at night and only 70’s during the day. Everyone is pulling out their sweaters and jackets, it’s the first chance we’ve had to wear them. 😀

  • Kaelee says:

    Well we visited my sister today but tomorrow we are getting snow and cold. Long range forecast is for snow on Christmas Eve as well.

  • Carol Roddy says:

    I remember driving past luminaries, through falling snow, with excited children in the car, still in costume from the pageant at Church. The world was white and it felt like a blessing. My reaction was gratitude–and hope that the snow would disappear for the year on the 26th of December. Love the white stuff for about three days at Christmas. After that, BAH.

  • Lianne says:

    No white Christmas for me, it’s summertime here and even in the middle of winter we don’t get snow where I live in NZ.

  • arethazhen says:

    hi Christie, i love white christmas maybe because i love to watch lots of christmassy movies with snows in it:D