I'm Not Dreaming of a White Christmas

Be Careful What You Wish For

Have you ever heard the saying, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”? This saying is fairly common, and I would assume most people have heard it before and understand what the meaning is. The first time I actually felt the true meaning of this old saying sink in was last year on Christmas Eve. Living in Oklahoma, it is pretty rare for us to have a white Christmas, so every year I always wish that we will have snow on Christmas. Last year, I got my wish. This year, I am definitely NOT dreaming of a white Christmas…and I think if you keep reading you will understand why.

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Last year, Oklahoma had one of the worst blizzards we had ever seen.

As luck would have it, the storm struck on Christmas Eve, right before my husband Jake and I were preparing to travel from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. Jake and I both had to work Christmas Eve morning, but we were planning to be on the road by one o’clock that afternoon. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. We knew that snow was in the forecast – up to a foot in fact – but we simply thought, “What do those weathermen know? Are they ever right?” Unfortunately for us (and many other Oklahomans), the weathermen were completely correct on this particular day.

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I got off work at eleven o’clock that morning, and the roads were not too treacherous yet. Although it was already snowing heavily, I was able to get home with no problems. Jake, on the other hand, did not get off work until after twelve. By then the snow was really coming down and already starting to cause horrific problems on the city streets and highways. After stopping to help pull one of his friends out of a snow bank, he finally made it home around three o’clock. By that time, the snow was coming down in hordes, and was already several inches deep with drifts that were several feet deep in some places, due to the fact that the wind was blowing so strongly. Jake didn’t want to risk going out in the storm and he tried to talk me into waiting and driving up to Tulsa the next morning. Since my emotions were already running high, and I am still very much a kid at heart, this set off a complete deluge of tears on my part. (Yes, I am a drama queen.) I desperately wanted to try to get to Tulsa that night so we could be there on Christmas morning. When I finally talked him into leaving that afternoon, we loaded down the car with all of our belongings, presents, plenty of blankets, food, and water, and we headed off….and promptly got stuck in the parking lot of our apartment building. It took us a good fifteen minutes to dig our way out of the drift we had gotten lodged into; thankfully someone kindly stopped to help push us out. We should have taken this as a sign that we should not try to continue braving the weather. But I felt certain that we would be able to make it one way or another.  

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When we finally made it out to the main roads, it was literally like nothing I had ever seen before. We were sliding wildly about, and screeching through red lights, stop signs, and narrowly missing other cars. Thankfully, there were not too many cars out. I suppose the great majority of people had the brains to realize an endeavor like this might not end well. Many of the cars that were out were either stuck in drifts, or had been pulled off to the side of the road and deserted. It was extremely creepy to me, and quite sobering to realize that there was a very real possibility that we could drive out into this storm and get stranded in the middle of nowhere. It was tremendously nerve-racking, and I wasn’t even the one driving! We could not even take the most direct route – the turnpike – because it had been shut down completely earlier that day. As we merged onto the highway, it was already blatantly apparent that we were going to be getting nowhere fast. Driving about 25-30 miles per hour was the maximum speed that we could possibly do safely. As the sun began to set and it gradually became darker, it became increasingly apparent that there was no way we would be able to make it to Tulsa that night. The blizzard was so fierce that we literally could not see more that two feet in front of the car. At times it was a complete white out we could not even tell where the road began and where it ended. Travel became progressively more perilous, and Jake didn’t think it would be wise at all to go any further. We pulled off in a little town called Okemah to stop for the night. Apparently, many other people had the same idea to stop before the roads got any worse. After getting stuck in the parking lot (again) about five times, we got the last no smoking room (which I was immensely grateful for) and prepared to settle in for the night. Although I was extremely disappointed that we would not make it to my parent’s home that night, I knew that our safety was the most important thing.

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The next morning we set out early. Our goal was to reach Tulsa before ten o’clock. It was still awfully slow going, but after a couple of hours of traveling (it took us more than three times as long as it normally would) we finally arrived at my parent’s house in Tulsa. I had never been so glad to be there! It had been quite an ordeal making it there safely, but we had managed. Normally, the trip from Oklahoma City to Tulsa takes only a little over an hour and a half. This trip had taken us over six hours – and that doesn’t count the time spent in the hotel room for the night! Traveling in that weather was honestly one of the most suspenseful experiences of my entire life, and I have no desire for it to happen again! That is why this Christmas, I am NOT dreaming of a white Christmas.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Donna, I love the pictures and the story. And I can certainly understand why you're not dreaming of a white Christmas. For me, I always like a little of the white stuff coming down on that special day.


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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

I don't blame you at all :) Snow on Christmas is beautiful, just not pleasant to have to drive in! Thank you for commenting.


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Karonher 5 years ago from Liverpool

I love the snow but understand the fear. Last year I couldn't stop on the ice and went straight into a main road from a side street. So lucky nothing else was there.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

I'm with you. We in NC have had enough snow already. God bless!


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twentyfive 5 years ago

It would be a freaking miracle if we had white Christmas in the Philippines LOL Great hub! You always take care. Happy Holidays! :)


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Donna, I understand completely why you're not wishing for a white Christmas this year.. or perhaps ever! lol I live in Toronto, where the weather is: almost winter, winter, still winter, and Labor Day! Seriously! But I love winter.. I love snow.. ok, you can knock me on the head now. lol Great hub! I enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. I'm giving it a thumbs up and awesome.

Congratulations for having this hub nominated as a Hubnugget Nominee! A much deserved nomination. I wish you all the best.

My hub "The Day I Became Jennifer" is a nominee in the Gender and Relationships category. Please read my hub and if you like it, I'd appreciate your vote.

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

We have snow only on the highest mountain tops here in Hawaii and enjoy going to the beach on Christmas day. Quite different from how I grew up in Utah with snow every winter. I do miss the snow sometimes, but understand your needing a break. Congrats on the nomination.


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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks to those of you who have voted for this hub so far and commented! :)

Rosie2010 - I can't imagine living in a plcae that doesn't really get the summer weather that I am used to! This storm I wrote about was actually quite out of the ordinary for us!

Also, I read your hub "The Day I Became Jennifer" and I really liked it. Voted for you! :)

Elayne001 - I can't imagine being able to go to the beach on Christmas Day! We don't always have snow on the ground, but it's definitely always freezing cold outside this time of year!


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Bel Marshall 5 years ago from Michigan

I'm not dreaming of one but I live in Michigan, I am pretty much guaranteed to have a White Christmas or at least an icy one.


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Great hub Donna. I had a similar experience once. That is why i wrote my new hub. Christmas Travel Tips. Been there done that. I usually always have to travel through Alabama dropping off my children, to visit there fathers family. Then travel to Ohio where it is always cold and snowing. I live in sunny Florida. I love the weather without the snow. Yes be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. Merry Christmas. Have a safe holiday season.


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oooh that was scary Donna. Glad you are okay. Hmmm although I don't want a scary snow experience, I still would want to experience a white Christmas one of these days and sit in the fireplace and all. LOL

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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thank you Bel, Rhonda, and ripplemaker for commenting. I Hope you all also stay safe in your traveling and Merry Christmas!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Donna, This is a great story and I was caught in a blizzard once just coming home from work (took 6 hours as compared to the usual 45 minutes) so I know the frustration. At least you got to your parents house on Christmas morning. Congratulation on your Hubnugget nomination.


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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks Pamela! Snow can be beautiful, but blizzards are no fun at all - Especially to drive in!


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megmccormick 5 years ago from Utah

Good story Donna and so glad you came through it unscathed. I lived in Utah for 22 years and spent many hours on the road in snowstorms...no fun. Also reminds me of the time we were flying to Missouri to spend Christmas with my parents with my daughter who was about 8 at the time. Our connection in Dallas to St Louis got cancelled so in order to not miss Christmas day, we rented a car and drove forever! Fortunately it wasn't snowing...so your determination to get to your family by Christmas...I get it! Great hub and congrats on your nomination.


Pat Lesaux 5 years ago

Sorry to say but I dream of a green Christmas every year as snow is always falling here in Northern Ontario, Canada. As for your story sorry you had such a rough time.


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Donna, since this will be my first Christmas in the great state of OK, I hope you're right about a white Christmas being a rarity! Had enough of the white stuff in NE KS where I *had* to drive in near-whiteouts a couple of times just to get across town from work to home and vice versa! Not trips for the the faint-hearted, and I would NEVER have gone anywhere on the highway in such weather. You and your husband were *extremely* lucky to get off the road *safely* and into a motel room for the night! Interstates get closed for a reason, Silly Girl!

As I write this from 35 miles east of OKC Metro, it's a "balmy" 39 or 41 (depending on which weather site I look at) but raining off and on. As long as the temp stays well above 32, I don't care that the streets are wet. Wet I can handle, ice or the dreaded S-word I cannot (physically, yes, but not mentally).

As for last year's blizzard being a rarity, so was the earthquake in October. Never mind OK is #3 in active faults in the U.S., behind CA and Alaska. Didn't find that out until after the world shifted that morning and I and my grandson could've been beaned by objects flying off the plate rail if we'd been in the kitchen (which we normally were every other day at that time).

Anything else I should know about the weather in this part of the world????? ;D


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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

megmccormick - family is so important to me, and its just as important to me to be with them on Christmas! Thank you for commenting :)

Pat - I'm sure you see a lot more snow living so far north than you do green...Especially this time of year!

JamaGenee - As far as Oklahoma weather is concerned, you just never ever know what to expect! It can be 70 degrees one day and the very next drop 50 degrees and the high be 20 the next day. Storms pop up out of nowhere, and yes, we do get earthquakes every now and then - never anything too major though, thankfully :) We usually get more ice than snow, which honestly, I think the ice is worse than the snow! I hope you enjoy living in Oklahoma in spite of our crazy weather! Thank you for commenting!


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Christy Goff 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I can honestly say, I know exactly what your talking about. From that storm, we lost electric for four days. And no way of leaving the house. Not safely anyway. I had never been so greatful that my husband loves to camp until then. Great story.


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Donna Janelle 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading Christy! That storm really was crazy wasn't it?! You were fortunate your husband loved to camp for sure! I'm sure that was very helpful during the days you lost power!


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movingon down 4 years ago from Northern California

Great article and we enjoyed it. Yes,we must be careful what we ask for.

Read my article:"my idea of a White Christmas"

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