Phelan: Wishing for a white Christmas

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

My best Christmas memories aren’t from eating gingerbread cookies, putting up stockings or even unwrapping my presents on Christmas morning. In fact, I don’t even remember what year my best memories come from.

I just remember that I was very, very little, that my cousins and uncle had come up from Florida, and that we were playing in the snow.

To Molly and Amanda, natives of Jacksonville, the snow was new and exciting.

And I can remember there being so much snow that the piles towered over my toddling head, and I was thrilled, too. My sister, Caitlin, Molly, Amanda and I went out to play on our swing set in two or three feet of snow.

The swing set! In the winter! I still remember my uncle Dave pretending the swing was a snowplow, and that I was clearing the way for everyone to drive. I was so, so, so excited.

As I write this, my yard is still green. And even if it does snow, I probably won’t don overall snow pants, pink boots, a pink coat, a fluffy hat and gloves that somehow always let my hands get wet. I’ll probably be too busy with my independent study project, and on Christmas Day I’ll have to socialize with adults and talk about things like college and my opinion on the “fiscal cliff.”

I know that ice and snow can make roads dangerous and can pile up and cause roofs to collapse, but I still want them.

Danger and others’ annoyances will never cause me to wish for a boring winter. I know that shoveling the driveway is tough work, and I know that I hate it. But the thought of my dad shoveling out an igloo for my best friend and me when were in fourth grade is greater. Memories of trying to carve out forts and having snowball fights until we were called in for mandatory hot chocolate breaks still make me smile.

If we don’t get significant snow by Christmas, I’ll still be happy to celebrate with my family and friends. But I know that I am most definitely wishing for a white Christmas.

• Courtney Phelan is a senior at Geneva High School. She is an outgoing and energetic young writer who likes to swim, read and participate in general teenage activities. She can be contacted at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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