I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
December 25, 2008 by Jamie
Every year Bryan and I try to see multiple family members during Christmas. We usually switch off who we go see on Christmas day. This year we went up to see Bryan’s mom and siblings in Crestline. Crestline is a mountain community just near Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead. As most of you Southern Californians know we recently had a big winter storm come through in the last week and that dumped a ton of snow in our mountains. We decided to drive up the afternoon of Christmas Eve, we heard another storm was coming through and we wanted to drive up before it got to us. On the drive up the weather was perfect but cold. We watched as our in car thermometer dropped as we went up the mountain; 50…45…38 degrees! That’s cold for us here in SoCal. The scenery was beautiful; snowy hilltops with snow flocked trees.
The already narrow mountain roads were made even narrower by the berms of snow created by the snow plows. When we got up to the house we were lucky to find the very steep driveway already dug out. It was a shock getting out of the car, I had three layers on and I was still freezing.
We were greeted by his mom’s dog Mimi upon our arrival, she didn’t seem to mind the cold. His mom was at work but all his siblings including his sisters, brother and his step dad were home keeping warm. While we waited for his mom to come home, Bryan decided to help by shoveling the snow off the driveway and deck. There was so much snow on the deck that Bryan made a little snowman. While Bryan was shoveling, his siblings and I sat by the fire and watched various Christmas movies. I also baked a red velvet cake for dessert. When Bryan’s mom came home from work we all ate a lovely dinner of spaghetti and let everybody open the presents that we brought up.