I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

We woke up on Saturday to a white Christmas!

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

What a wonderful surprise! This is the first white Christmas either of us have ever seen.

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

Even small amounts of snow are rare ’round these parts in Alabama, so any time there’s snow it’s always a fun treat.

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

But there’s something that makes it especially magical on Christmas.

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

The weather called for a slight chance of flurries in the afternoon, so you can imagine our surprise when we woke up to find everything completely covered in snow!

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

Massive amounts of powdery snow had quietly fallen in the night. I don’t think we’ve ever had this much!

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

It snowed these big, fat, beautiful flakes all day.

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

Boy, were Miley and Howie in for a shock!

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

Snowed in for Christmas.

Kevin & Amanda White Christmas 2010

Time for cinnamon buns, hot chocolate, a fire, and toasted marshmallows to warm up! This unexpected treat put me in the mood to watch Holiday Inn, so after this we all smooshed in the big chair and piled under some blankets.

White Christmas in Alabama 2010

In other news, a state of emergency has now been declared over the crisis in the guest room. I think I’ll just close this door and come back next year.

Happy Holidays!

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92 Responses
  1. Christina

    I love your site. I wanted to enter the drawing for the cooking stuff but I’m not sure that I put it in the right place but anyway. What we did for New Years is go to my parents house and hang out until midnight playing games and visiting while the little ones played. Great times. Thanks so much.

  2. kjpugs

    What a great white Christmas! Your pictures look divine. And your snow looks a LOT more picturesque than ours did! :-D

    Also you two are downright adorable!!!!

  3. Melissa

    I just want to let you know how much I enjoy reading your posts! I love the pic of the snow, wish it would have been that pretty at our house in Birmingham. I haven’t been a reader for that long, but I am hooked. You and your husband Kevin seem to be very blessed, Happy New Year and hope 2011 is even better for yall!

  4. Shari

    Hey Amanda! GORGEOUS photos!!! Love the one of you and your husband. That needs to go up BIG in your home! Curious question- do you shoot raw or jpg?

  5. Tamera NeSmith

    So happy to see your white Christmas! We had one for the first time that I can remember last year in the Dallas area…it is just magical!
    By the way, so excited to see your guest room look like it does…glad I’m not the only one with a room like this!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. Alli

    How wonderful! I absolutely LOVE the picture of you & Kevin in the snow. I would love to know how you took that picture…. You’re in focus and the snow around you is visible and beautiful. I just got a new DSLR for Christmas and am excited to learn. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

  7. Ashley W.

    I have lived in Utah my whole life, and we always have snow for Christmas. However, this year it has been raining constantly. A couple of days before Christmas it did snow, but it has been too warm for it to stay around and by Christmas it was all melted.

    I am so envious of your snow! Happy New Year!!

  8. Karen

    Hey!!!—–I’ve got a room in my house just like that! (The snow pixs were beautiful, brrrrr! I’m in Miami Fla. and we’re a little chilly too. Happy 2011 to you both! Karen

  9. Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic

    Ya’ll got a TON of snow!! We were so happy to wake up to a winter wonderland on Christmas day! It was funny we got about an inch or so here locally but drove 15 mins to my boyfriend’s parent’s home and they had nothing. It’s so funny how that works but the flurries lasted all day it was like having a bit of home with me here in the South.

    P.S. My boyfriend’s mom made the sweetest comment… she said that it felt like God was smiling down on us for our Holiday. It still makes me smile and well up a little typing that, because it’s so true.

  10. Brenda

    So glad you got to enjoy a white Christmas…something that we take for granted in our neck of the Canadian woods (well, actually the prairies). Best wishes to you in 2011!!

  11. Toni

    Oh I know! We were so excited too. We haven’t had a White Christmas in southern illinois for 6 years. I said it was just like God opened Heaven and gave us big beautiful snow flakes at just the right time! :) What did Miley and Howie think of it? My two HATE it!

  12. Tiffany

    Living in mid west Texas I totally understand the rarity of snow – none in site this year. The pictures were gorgeous – what a treat!

    The guest room kinda looks like my bedroom – oops!

    Glad I found you via PW. Can’t wait to dig more into your site!

  13. Janet

    How exciting for ya’ll to wake up to a “white Christmas”!! Out here in Arizona we had to turn on the AC! Too funny! By the way, I love your guest room state of emg.!! LOL-My thoughts are like yours–clean it up next year! Happy New Year!

  14. Amanda Walker

    What a beautiful surprise!! We had a little snow the day after Christmas here in PA, but not this much!! It looks like you had a wonderful holiday:) Happy New Year!

  15. Amy

    i live on the Texas gulf coast. We had a white Christmas in 2004! We woke up christmas morning, and there was snow on everything. It was the greatest thing ever. It was the most snow that I ever had at hone. Galveston beaches even were covered in snow. It was wild!

  16. Connie

    Glad you got some snow to enjoy this Holiday Season. If you ever want to see more of it, you’re welcome to come up North to Wisconsin.

  17. Jennifer

    Looks like you and Kevin had a nice Christmas! Miley and Howie too! :) In Pittsburgh, in February we had 27 inches of snow from that last snowstorm! We lost power for three nights and my Hyundai Elantra looked like a station wagon! I have pictures up from that on my Facebook page! Glad you enjoyed your first white Christmas! (Aww darn now I have the song stuck in my head!)


  18. Sara Johnson

    That is awesome! We had rain the day before so our snow was gone. But the day after Christmas we had our snow!
    I’m glad you two were able to experience a wonderful White Christmas. It is trully magical and I personally think….it’s Romantical!
    Happy Holidays!

  19. Casey

    We had flurries Christmas Day and Sunday here on the South Carolina coast, but nothing stuck. It was so crazy to see since only days before it was a beautiful 70 degrees. And I’m so happy to see that I’m not the only one dreading the Christmas chaos cleanup!

  20. Lauren

    These pictures are WONDERFUL! Hey, in my opinion that is why you have a door – to close it. In enjoy the snow. Make LOTS of snow angels and snowmen.

  21. Jeannette P

    Such a beautiful Christmas!!! I love the snow. I live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula though so I’m pretty used to it & have come to expect it each year. I was getting a little nervous this year since we didn’t have any & it was fairly late in Dec. Then we got hit with several inches at once. now we have a mini sledding hill for my 4, 6, & 8 year old. Such fun. I bet your dogs went crazy, either loving it or hating it eh?

  22. Betsy

    Love, love, love the snow. What a great surprise and Christmas present to wake up to it. We don’t get much here in Seattle, but when we do I am so excited. It doesn’t last more than a day. Enjoy!

  23. Michelle Harden

    Congrats on your White Christmas! Here in Utah where White Christmases are an occuring event, we woke to nothing…not even a flurry, Blah! Of course yesterday was another story. Your snow must’ve come our way!!! BTW LOVE your pics, they are beautiful. Happy Holidays!

  24. Kristen

    Such beautiful photography… you catch the light fluffiness of the snow so perfectly I feel like I can touch it! By the way I made those ritz peanut butter cracker treats on Christmas Eve and they were a hit! Everyone loved them :) Thanks for sharing!

  25. Savannah

    We had a white Christmas in Georgia, as well!!! I see you love Boston Terriers :) My Fiance is obsessed!!! I’m sure we will have one or two one day!

  26. PatriciaD

    OK, so not fair, I want a white holiday, too…all we have is the tiniest bit of whiteness, not even enough to measure. It’s so beautiful. I have to say though that your guest room looks like my entire house right now!!

    Happy New Year!!

  27. chinamommy

    Hee, hee… I’m from Michigan so you people that are excited by this crack me up! I’d love to send you ours!! I dream of living in Maui and never seeing snow again!!!
    I will admit, it IS pretty to look at!!

  28. BECKY

    Amanda, Do you have any great appetizer recipes to fix for a New Year’s Eve party ? I’m always looking for new ideas. I usually fix Crockpot Cocktail Weiners but wanted to take something new this year. Happy New Year by the way !!! Thanks. :) Here is my recipe:


    1 lb. cocktail wieners
    1 (12 oz.) bottle chili sauce
    1 (8 oz.) jar grape jelly

    In pot, combine jelly and chili sauce. Bring to a boil; stir. Drop in wieners and reduce heat. Ready to serve in 15 minutes. Serve in chafing dish. YUM.

  29. Tina Bowering

    As a Canadian, I chuckled quite a lot at your ‘massive amounts of snow’ comment, but I’m so glad you had a beautiful, white Christmas! It really does make the day more magical!

  30. Julie

    That snow was so perfect for you. I’m from Utah so we get snow most years for Christmas. My daughter and I have been watching White Christmas and Holiday Inn all month. We can’t get enough!

  31. Becca @ One Girl

    So happy you guys got a White Christmas! Here in Minnesota we are WAY past white christmas and set a new record for snow fall this year, but I think I would be sad if I had no snow. Love your sweater Amanda, you always have the *best* outfits & accessories!

    BTW… love the after of your guest bedroom :)

  32. BECKY

    I’m sooo happy you and your family had a white Christmas. I’m wondering what Miley and Howie thought. You take such wonderful pictures. Such a pretty necklace. We also had a white Christmas but usually do this time of year. We live in Ohio so it can be either way on Christmas for us. This year we have had snow on the ground for weeks before
    Christmas plus more on Christmas morning and it’s flurrying out now. I love having snow at Christmas. Enjoy the snow, Becky

  33. Chere

    Wow, I am so jealous. We did get snow in Fayetteville, Ga but not that much. I did also notice a Coach bag in you beautiful mess. Please tell me that photos of Miley and Howie are coming. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

  34. Jennifer Thomas

    AWESOME! We live in Idaho where it snows more frequently, but on Christmas morning it was bright and sunny…not a cloud in the sky! I am hoping you have some pics of Miley and Howie in the snow? I will be watching!

  35. Marilyn

    You did get a lot of snow! We are just far enough south that it didn’t stick at my place but the snow falling most of the day was just gorgeous. This is the first time I ever remember having snow on Christmas. Great pics =) Happy New Year!!

  36. Laura

    Love the snow! In California, we get the rain, then you get the snow! Expect more. :) In regards to the guest room – I am glad I have company – that is how my guest room looks like now also! Had to show my husband – he thinks only mine looks like that! lol. Now, have fun in the snow – time to make your first snowman!

  37. Becky Burk

    Our guest rooms are twins!!! I’m purposefully avoiding mine… it’s like each time I have to come back to the room everything has multiplied :)

  38. Renee

    Congrats on the white Christmas! I am living in Phoenix, AZ, so haven’t seen a white Christmas for a long time, but grew up in MN, so had my share of them. I do miss them a lot! Thanks for the pictures and hope you are enjoying the holidays.

  39. Jaime

    I’m so jealous! I grew up in Louisiana and moved to Colorado a year and a half ago and we didn’t have a single flake of snow this Christmas! What are the odds of that? :)

  40. Lori M

    What a wonderful surprise! But it paralyzed us! We had to cancel our big family Christmas in Hartselle – we have NEVER had that problem before! But its a Christmas to remember! :)

  41. Trinity

    Hello Amanda! I just wanted to say a giant THANK YOU! I used your kits to decorate both my blog and my youtube background. It was a lot of fun and I appreciate you sharing your talent so others can have pretty blogs :)

  42. LCSmithSAVED

    What a lovely surprise for you CHRISTmas morning! Would love to have seen the “kids” in the snow – did they like it? Your photo together is lovely as well – sure have been enjoying your blog – I’m a newbie this month. Thx for all the photo tips :~)

  43. Lori

    Having a “white Christmas” was, indeed, magical. The strange thing is that it snowed all day, stuck to the ground at my house, yet 15 minutes down the road to my dad’s house and there was only snow falling- not sticking! Birmingham is so weird.
    I hope you and Kevin had a wonderful Christmas this year!!

  44. Jessica @ Proud Life of a Chief's Wife

    Beautiful beautiful snow…

    I miss it tremendously. My hubs and I are currently in a very tropical locale (Guam) and Christmas just doesn’t feel like Christmas when it’s 93* outside. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

    Happy Holidays!!!

  45. Heather (Heather's Dish)

    lucky lady! we had a rainy Christmas in Little Rock…just a step above the sunny Christmas in Colorado we would have had if we’d been home :)

  46. Paulette

    Fantastic photo of the both of you – and I’m so happy for you that you had a white Christmas! I was so hoping for one, but instead we got a slushy Christmas. Oh well – nothing could hamper our moods, so for that I’m thankful!

    Merry Christmas!
    P.S. Your guest room looks like my entire house right now. I have no idea how that happened.

  47. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Oh Amanda HOW FUN!!! Merry Christmas to you all. Hope you had a great time in your winter wonderland. beautiful! Love the photo of you and Kevin. XO

  48. Becca

    THANK GOD I’m not the only one whose guest room looks like the wrapping paper section of Target exploded all over. :) In ND, we usually have White Christmases but I must say yours is beautiful. So clean and undisturbed. Happy you could enjoy such a gift from Mother Nature!

  49. Kathy Martin

    Here in Raleigh we had to wait until the evening of Christmas for the snow to start falling and then we woke up to the same scene the day after Christmas! Isn’t it beautiful? We have 6 1/2 inches to play in that will hang around for much of the week. Enjoy! So what did the pups think?

  50. Jennifer

    How wonderful for you guys! We live in GA (Columbus, not far from ya’ll) and only got a few flurries after dark Sat night. It was the 1st time we got any snow here on Christmas day in 120 years! I can still count it even thought it didn’t stick, right? Congrats.

  51. Carol Busse

    Oh what a beautiful surprise to wake up to! So glad you got to experience it. I grew up in NJ so it wasn’t a surprise if we woke up to snow, but it was always magical. Now we live in Michigan and it’s the norm once again. Enjoy the fun in the snow.

  52. Anna Faustini

    Good morning Amanda,
    The pictures are just beautiful…brought a smile to my face. I am here in Florida and for us it is freezing here today, burrr! Anyway, I have never seen snow and looking at your pictures made me feel like I was right there. Looks like you had a beautiful Christmas and hope one day I can experience the beauty of a white Christmas. The picture of you and Kevin is just adorable and you look so very pretty. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the day!

  53. Debbie

    Lovely photos…I am new to your blog..really like it. Gotta ask about the necklace you are wearing in this blog photo. Its stunning can I see a close up of it. If you have it posted some place already please let me know where to look for it .I really love it.
    Enjoy the snow as long as it lasts:)
    Happy Holiday

  54. Jacoba

    Beautiful pictures! When snow surprises us all of us become children. There is such magic about snow. Dogs like to play endlessly in the snow, it is such fun. Happy holidays! By the looks of it Santa Claus left the contents of his sleigh at your place!

    1. Brenda Hayes

      Just love it! Wish it would trickle down here in Louisiana. Got it twice last year, which hasn’t happened in meg-years and it was a blast! Just got cold weather right now, but hey it’s early winter yet! Love the recipes, by the way. Thanks!

  55. Tronesia

    The snow was quite a surprise this morning….it was gone before I could get my daughter outside to enjoy it. :(
    And on a side note, I have been reading your blog for a couple years and never knew you were in Alabama…to me that’s so rare! the photos!

  56. Deborah K

    Your white Christmas is lovely! I’ve not seen that much snow in many many years! Hope to see some here in the Florida Panhandle this season.

  57. Chris Turnbull

    wow, i live in australia and we don’t have snow here where i live ever as it just isn’t cold enough and the fact that we’re in the middle of summer here in december. this is just glorious and so magical at christmas and thankyou for sharing.

  58. Ness at Drovers Run

    As always – your photographs are absolutely breathtaking. It’s odd for me to think that there are some places in the USA that *don’t* get white Christmases – but then Christmas for us in South Africa is dang in the middle of the hottest part of the Summer – so that’s even weirder right?

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