“A snowdad is better then no dad.”

Yesterday morning was about as cold as it has been. My windshield was covered in frost. The dog’s outside water bowl had a thin layer of ice. We had snow flurries in the afternoon, and snow is still on the lawn and in the shade of the backyard, but the snow will melt today as it is already in the 40’s and will get near 50.

The morning is pretty. The sun is bright in a blue sky. An every now and then breeze blows the top branches of the pines. My wrapping odyssey begins today.

When I was a kid, I remember watching Santa Claus on a New Hampshire channel. He was on every afternoon. I remember Little Suzy Snowflake, a black and white cartoon. I can still sing her song, “Tap, tap, tapping at my windowpane to tell me she’s in town.” Watching A Christmas Carol has been a tradition for as long as I can remember. I read it first. One of my grandmother’s brothers had given me a book of Christmas stories, and A Christmas Carol was one of them. I loved the ghosts and Jacob Marley with his chains. Alastair Sim is my favorite Scrooge, but I’ll watch just about any Christmas Carol movie.

I admit I watch a few scary Santas now that I’m older. Krampus is my favorite. In the film, all the lights are out because of the snow storm. Sounds come from the chimney flue. A hook on a chain is lowered, and the lure is a gingerbread man cookie. One of the kids takes a bite, the chain circles him, and the kid is pulled screaming up the chimney. That is just the beginning of the horror.

One Christmas Eve my mother and I were still awake. We were chatting and having a drink or two and watching Christmas movies. That was the night we found Jack Frost, not the feel good Jack Frost the miracle snowman who comes back to play with his kid, but the serial killer Jack Frost who on his way to be executed is in a crash with a genetics truck. He is transformed by the genetic material into a killer snowman who goes through a murderous rampage in Snowmonton, the snowman capital of the world. My mother and I stayed up to watch the whole movie. It was dark and deadly but it was funny. If you are overloaded with the sweetness of Hallmark and the seldom changing plot of the prince faling in love with the commoner, just say Jack Frost and head on over to Prime or Tubi. You’ll know which movie to click.

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6 Comments on ““A snowdad is better then no dad.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    The same grey and dull weather we’ve had for quite some time now and it will continue like this for quite some time more. It would be so nice to see just a few minutes of sunshine but no chance of that I’m afraid. Still it doesn’t snow so that’s something 🙂

    I can’t remember ever seeing any scary santa movies and the hallmark movies are a bit too sweet for me 🙂 :-9 Perhaps I should search the net for something in between 🙂 :-9 I am soft for christmas romcoms though so I guess I’ll look for them instead 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I suggest you watch Krampus. It really is good. Jack Frost is funny, silly at times. That would not be the Michael Keaton Jack Frost.

      We had sun most of the day, but it is now hazy and getting colder as the dark comes. I’ve been wrapping all day.

      I have seen other scary Christmas movies. Mrs. Claus was a killer!!

      Have a great day!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today is another beautiful, sunny 75° day. Yesterday we tied a record for high temperatures for that day of 79°. Tomorrow rain and cooler weather is forecast. I’m heading out for a walk before it gets dark.

    Tonight is the first night of Chanukah. My wife went out shopping for the kids today. We haven’t decorated or anything for no reason, just my turning on the front spotlights from sundown until I go to bed around eleven.

    Already the stupidity is starting. One of our instructors told me today that he isn’t getting the Covid-19 vaccine because it contains modified RNA. He told me he got that from the vaccine company website. He’s waiting until it’s tested on more people. I told him that by the time he is able to get the vaccine, lots of other folks will have tested it for him. He also voted for Trump, what can you expect. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It stayed relatively cold today. I stayed home and wrapped.

      I noticed the white lights on my fence have died. That’s my first job tomorrow. I know I have replacement light sets. I’ll spend the rest of the day wrapping.

      I never realized how much stupidity is rampant here. Not getting the vaccine ought to have some sort of consequence so we who took stay safe.

      Happy Chanukah.

  3. Birgit Says:

    No snow yet. No sun either.
    Can we postpone Christmas? Maybe celebrate it in nice sunny spring? As every year I’m not ready for Christmas…
    Maybe we need more light.
    Chanukka sameach!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’m just getting my wrapping mojo. I have boxes needing to go all over the place. Monday is my target day for mailing.

      Some of my lights on the fence have died. Of course they have!


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