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Icicles and Crystal Snowflake Ornaments - Dreaming of a White Christmas

Updated on December 19, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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Winter and Christmas Time Memories

Having lived in the south for most of my life I also vividly recall the happy memories of playing in the pristine white snow and watching growing icicles hanging from our rooftops and blue spruce trees in the yard.

A little bit of that frosty winter weather was symbolically brought inside and hung onto our Christmas tree by way of icicle ornaments and also snowflake ornaments each year. To top it off the beautiful voice of Bing Crosby singing I'm dreaming of a White Christmas resonated in our home along with other songs of the season.

Readers of this post will find a selection of some nice musical videos of music played in our family home during those special holidays.

Memories can be precious! A picture, a scent, a song, a touch, a smile or glance from a loved one or some other stimulus can instantly transport a person back in time to relive a transitory moment such as the song of White Christmas does for me each year. My childhood swings easily and quickly back into focus with these kind of memories.

Icicles

With a steady supply of cold weather and rain or snow if the temperatures are below freezing, eventually icicles start to form. They continue to grow much as a stalactite in a cave and as moisture is added it drips down and freezes thereby growing the size of the icicle.

With the wind causing movement of branches of a tree like the Blue Spruce trees in our yard the icicles generally break off before weighting the branches down and causing any damage.

But with the eaves of a house and no natural movement these icicles can get quite large. My Dad at some point would purposely break them off so that if by chance they would fall they would not damage us or our pets if we happened to be below at an inopportune time.

That aside...icicles are beautiful to behold and do catch reflected light and prisms of color depending upon the time of day and circumstances. I vividly remember hanging the icicle ornaments on our Christmas tree year after year and always thought that they were special and beautiful mixed in with our other ornaments.

Everyone can also adorn their Christmas tree or garlands or even the outside of homes with icicles purchased easily online if desiring that look of winter even if one's temperatures are normally more tropical in nature as are ours where we currently live.

Snow and Snowflakes

There was a wooded area across from our home in Wisconsin when I was a child. In the summer time we kids loved to walk in the woods exploring and seeing glimpses of squirrels and chipmunks scurrying away from us.

We normally did not see the possums and raccoons and skunks and other critters but I am sure that we were carefully watched by many beady eyes such as theirs as we traipsed through what they considered to be their territory.

Of course the winter snows and ice turned it into a fantasy-land of pristine white fantastic shapes that let the imagination run wild. If we were out walking it was then easy to see the tracks of wild animals until a new fresh fallen snow would once again eliminate any traces of their passage.

My brothers in the snowy Wisconsin winters - 1950s

My brothers in the snowy Wisconsin winters when they were children.
My brothers in the snowy Wisconsin winters when they were children. | Source
My brothers standing by our mailbox
My brothers standing by our mailbox | Source
My brothers climbing the icy trees.
My brothers climbing the icy trees. | Source

Speaking of snow, no two snowflakes are ever alike. That is amazing!

It was fun trying to catch big flakes of snow on our tongues and also look at the different patterns landing on our dark colored clothing where the contrast of their lacy white designs really became most noticeable.

Shih Tzu Dogs dressed up as snowflakes!
Shih Tzu Dogs dressed up as snowflakes! | Source

Christmas snowflakes whether they come in the form of snowflake lights, crystal snowflake ornaments or some other medium can create some wonderful winter wonderland decorations inside and outside of one's home.

Snow Globes

How many of you have played with snow globes? On a solid base these clear looking globes are filled with everything from little villages and scenes to other cute objects.

What makes them special is that by picking them up and shaking them, suddenly one has an instant scene of snow falling and covering the objects inside. While fleeting, it captures the attention of the child in all of us and of course can be used over and over again to the delight of everyone that sees it.

Kennedy Russell - Dance of the Icicles from The Wooing of the Snowflakes

Christmas Spirit

If you listened to the video of Bing Crosby singing I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas, then perhaps if you were not already in the Christmas spirit you are now thinking of things like Christmas trees and icicles and snowflake ornaments as well as other gift ideas for yourself or others.

If you see something you like you had better hurry! Order them today before Santa puts the best selection into his giant sack for Christmas deliveries. I can almost hear the jingle bells of Rudolph's harness as well as the other reindeer now warming up for that round the world upcoming trip!

Ho, Ho, Ho and Merry Christmas everyone!

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I vividly remember those snowy and icy days in Wisconsin as a child and then once more for the 4 years my husband's job took him there. As to eating snow I probably did some of that but never as snow cream. Hugs and blessings are coming your way.

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      Patricia Scott 

      10 months ago from sunny Florida

      What a great read right here at (almost) Christmas time...I grew up in Virginia and we often had lots of snow in the winter and sometimes on Christmas. I can remember seeing the little critter tracks in the snow too...how special that was. And we made snow cream (ice cream from snow)...did you? and we went sledding on the creek in front of our house as it froze quite thick during the winter. O thank you for the joyful memories. Hugs and blessings coming your way ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      At my age I would not be so happy to have to shovel snow either but fortunately it is not a necessity here in Houston. We rarely even get to see a snowflake! Merry Christmas to you also. Hope you enjoy the balance of this year and have a safe and happy one next year as well.

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      Susie Lehto 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      We usually have more than enough snow by this time here in northern MN, but this year is different. We have some snow...and I don't care if we get anymore. Its getting hard on me the shovel snow. The past two winters we had plenty. - Merry Christmas, Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      The stores are already filling up with Christmas gifts and it is still September. Amazing! As to seeing icicles and snowflakes...you might see some up in your part of Texas but not for many months. We seldom have any of that icy precipitation down here in Houston.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this great article and video/photos again. Christmas will be here before you know it and for those people who like to start early and be super organized, there is great info here. I just like thinking about the cooler temps and snow :) Just one day off from the hot days in the mid 90s for the next 10 days where we got a small snow shower would be fantastic! Only a dream, I know. It will never happen.

      Sharing with followers of course. Hope you are well and staying cool!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I am sure that our friends who live in the upper mid-west and out east will be happy to see the snow and ice disappear for quite some time. They have had more than their fair share of snow this past winter! Sadly the mountains out west actually NEEDED more snow. California residents count on the snow melt for much of their water supply according to the news.

      Happy that reading this brought back some good memories for you as it did for me. Icicle and snowflake ornaments will always instantly take me back to my childhood days! :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love this Peggy...I grew up in VA and we did have lots of the white stuff and icicles every winter. So much fun, so many memories and of course the music adds to the whole trip back to those days.

      The precious pups are always such a lovely addition to your hubs.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      This year it seems we are getting much colder weather sooner and more often than normal. Stay warm and safe up where you live. Again, Merry Christmas!

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Here in North Texas we're getting our share of ice. There were a very few tiny flurries of snow about 6 PM las' night, but mostly shards of ice have been pouring down. It's just now starting to dissipate, and the temperature started rising about an hour ago. We're now at 27 degrees! If the roads weren't so treacherous and the ice on our windshields so thick and stubborn, this would be weather that would send Christmas shoppers into the stores in the mood. They were all packed into the grocery stores yesterday to stock up for this ice storm.

      Came back to revisit this article and watch the videos. I love sparkly ornaments on my Christmas tree and crystal ornaments will certainly create those sparkles. Great photos and recollections of your Christmas and winter experiences growing up. Always enjoy your articles!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I'll admit that it is beautiful and I loved it as a child. At my age now I would rather just visit someplace for a few days and enjoy it rather than living with it for an entire winter. I now prefer living in the south. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Unfortunately, it does not snow here so I miss out on all this enjoyment. I would love to feel the soft snow. Voted up, beautiful and shared.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      I know what you mean about missing those sights of the winter season. Crunching through the new fallen snow and the brilliant diamond like appearance of frost covering everything in sight is a memory I'll never forget. The patterns of frost on the windows was beautiful.

      I have mixed emotions as to experiencing those freezing temperatures in Houston. Normally we have year round flowers of one sort or another in our yards and gardens. To lose them for just a night or a few more of cold temperatures seems a shame. So we have all of our old bedsheets saved and cover everything that is tender when those cold nights are predicted. We also haul the potted crotons and a few other plants into our garage for the night. So...a lot of work involved to maintain the beauty of our outdoors. We store the sheets after they are dry in our garage and only wash them to store again until the next year after the last cold snap...generally in mid to late February each year. By March we have the azalea trail in Houston and the city is ablaze with color.

      Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Really enjoyed the videos, "The Beauty of Snow," and "Dance of the Icicles." I miss not seeing the fresh snow or frost covering everything, every blade of grass, every twig, and turning everything into a fairyland that sparkles like a billion diamonds when the sun hits it.

      Voted up, beautiful, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Express10,

      Nice to have some background as to what your avatar means. So glad that you liked this hub about icicles and snowflakes and everything that has to do with Dreaming of a White Christmas. I just draw upon memories now that we live in Houston. We rarely see snow or ice down here. Thanks for your comment.

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      H C Palting 

      5 years ago from East Coast

      This is a beautiful hub. Seeing snow, icicles, and smiles reminds me of time that I spent living in Lake Arrowhead. I figure skate and even my picture is a snowman...ice and snow on the brain. Great hub! Can't believe I hadn't found this sooner.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Generally that is also the only way you get to see snowflakes or icicles in Houston also but we have had a few strange winters of late where we actually got a bit of snow falling. No great accumulations, obviously, but it was fun to see...especially for children that have never seen real snow. Thanks for your comment.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It used to be in Seattle, you'd only see snowflakes and icicles as ornaments in the winter because the season was so mild. In the past five years, however, it's been snowing every Christmas. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Veronica,

      So glad to know that you liked this icicles and snowflakes ornaments hub with the iconic song "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" plus other things. Appreciate your comment and votes!

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      Veronica Roberts 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Another well-done hub. Great ideas, pictures, stories, music, and videos... the works! =] Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      We do get spoiled living in the South, don't we! Of course there is a definite beauty to seeing pristine snowflakes falling and seeing prisms of light refecting in icicles. I'll settle for the lighted artificial icicles dangling from neighborhood roofs this time of year and seeing icicles and snowflake ornaments on packages and trees. Thanks for your comment and votes. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Brrrrrr.....I hope I never see real snow again! I remember living in Atlanta, Ga and waking in the AM to see icicles hanging from the roof tops and trees. Great Hub, though. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      So glad that you liked this hub about icicles and snowflake ornaments as well as snowglobes and that it brought back some fond childhood memories for you. Thanks for your comment. :)

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      SanneL 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Peggy, this is truly a beautiful hub! So full of Christmas spirit, I love it.

      You have put together some great videos and the snow globe brings back some fond childhood memories.

      Thank you for a great read!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy, Some people shop year round! :)

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      billyaustindillon 

      7 years ago

      Christmas is only 5 months away!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      Like you I got to enjoy real icicles and snowflakes as well as the ones on Christmas trees as ornaments when I lived in Wisconsin. Glad that you enjoyed the videos. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a job you have done on this hub. Every year I have icicles and snowflakes ornaments on my tree. It reminds me of the white Christmases that I miss so much. Loved the videoes. Thanks for the memories.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Changed My Mind,

      It is wonderful that you make crocheted snowflake ornaments for your Christmas tree and package decorations each year. Am certain that your gift recipients appreciate your efforts. Snowflakes and icicles just seem to fit that time of year.

      Like you the song "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" brings back happy memories. Thanks for the comment.

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      Changed My Mind 

      7 years ago

      I am LOVING this hub! Beautiful selection of icicles & I thank you for that. I collect snowflakes and icicles for my tree and always looking for new and unique icicles that I don't already have.

      Your snowflake section reminds me that I need to make up some more crocheted snowflakes this year. Somehow, each year the tree fewer and fewer snowflakes once the season is over. (they make great "last minute" package ornaments)

      You have put a lot of time and effort into this hub and just wanted to let you know that I truly appreciated it! I love "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" ~ can't help but think of home, warmth, love and the importance of family every time I hear that song.

      Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      We certainly had similar experiences! Like you I remember the snowflake patterns on the windows and we could also suck on broken off icicles and did that. Now we have to settle for watching movies like "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas" on TV or other such movies to see snow and wintery landscapes. Thanks for sharing your childhood memories regarding snowflakes and icicles and cold winters.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      To me snowflakes and icicles are magic and reminds me of my childhood. Although bitter cold winters but we had the windows frozen up with beautiful iceflowers and all sorts of pattern. The icecles we broke off and sucked them. -- You could do this in those days. Thank you for a wonderful read.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      Let it snow where it is supposed to snow! The couple of unusual days of snow falling in Houston last year (and the protracted freezing weather) while beautiful and fun for kids of all ages, did some lasting damage to many of our plants that generally make it through the winters. Most of my caladium bulbs that came up year after year were killed just to mention one particular plant. There were others. Of course the nursery people were probably very happy as it damaged plants everywhere. I'll settle for the song "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" in place of the real stuff this year! Thanks for the visit and God Bless you.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Another beautiful hub Peggy! Let it snow!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      The icicles and snowflake ornaments and even the movie "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" are all secular things not related at all to Christianity except for the timing of the year and birth of the Christ child around that same time of year. Many people celebrate this season in cheerful and festive ways whether they are Christian or not. Thanks for the visit and God bless you too!

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      White Christmas is always beautiful, right. I thought Christians dreaming about this. Icicles and Snowflake Ornaments also the best ornament. Beautiful, my dear. Thank you very much. God bless you!

      Prasetio:)

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      That song, I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas, will always make me think of living in Wisconsin enjoying the icicles and snowflakes in the winter. The closest we can get now since living in the south is to watch the old movie or hang icicles and snowflake ornaments on our Christmas tree or eaves of the house. Thanks for the visit.

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      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      So beautiful and very well written. I love the videos and the nice songs and the icicles.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      Oh for sure you will have good amounts of snow in your area soon! I remember those days well!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      So true! Just put some icicle and snowflake ornaments on the tree and play the song...I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...and forget the shoveling of snow. Haha!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Peggy

      You will be disappointed.. so far we have a layer of snow but not the heavy snows that have fallen elsewhere. but our turn will come.

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      billyaustindillon 

      7 years ago

      Peggy well put - we can make our own White Christmas - who needs all that messy snow and ice anyway :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      I imagine that is true. This is a memory going back to my childhood when building methods were not the same. Still, icicles are pretty to see whether they are real or the ornament kind. Needless to say, I have never seen an icicle in Houston, Texas although we had some rare episodes of seeing snowflakes last year and some snow that lasted for a few hours on the ground. I imagine you are now having some good snow up there in Wisconsin by now!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      With better insulation icicles are not as prominent. actually big icicles could do roof damage. I do remember ones that hung to the ground.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      I agree that the icicles catch the light and are extra pretty on Christmas trees. I also like all of those icicle lights that people hang on their houses this time of year.

      Here is to snowflakes and icicles...real ones or just the ornaments and a White Christmas even if it is just a song and not one viewed out the window like our northern neighbors get to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      As I am brushing a few tears aside...thank you for the lovely comment. Your Greg also lives on through you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello katrinsue,

      Glad you liked this hub about icicles and snowflakes and the videos. Thanks for the comment.

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      billyaustindillon 

      7 years ago

      Great hub - we have some of the icicles Christmas ornaments and there look awesome with a little light.

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      Candie V 

      7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Peggy - you mom lives - in your words and in your pictures. Getting to see where you all went, together is a priceless gift! Thank you for sharing her with us all!

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      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      Crystal ornaments are very beautiful. The videos you have used in this hub are really good, making this hub more beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello bayoulady,

      Thanks for the vote up on this hub about icicles and snowflakes and experiencing a White Christmas. Now...go get your sweater and coat. Haha!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi William F. Torpey,

      Thanks for the additional information about the omitted lines when Bing Crosby sang White Christmas. Like you, my family decorated our tree with lots of icicles and other ornaments. BTW...linked to your hub about Bing Crosby not only singing White Christmas in the body of this hub. Appreciated the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello samsons1,

      Thanks for commenting on this Icicles and Snowflake Ornaments hub. Do you like the song "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" as much as I do?

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      So sorry that your memories of Greg's death comes at this time of year. Although my mother died just last January...I am also having a hard time of it. Just dredging up happier memories with these hubs. Your Winnepeg visit must surely have been a White Christmas! -40F...Brrr, indeed! Merry Christmas and hugs back to you, Candie.

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      bayoulady 

      7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Interesting and timely, but most of all beautiful! I rated up,beautiful. Shiver!

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      William F Torpey 

      7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      At my home in Yonkers, N.Y., and later in Connecticut, Peggy W, we decorated our Christmas tree with lots of icicles, ornaments and garlands.

      By the way, Bing Crosby's introduction of "White Christmas" in his hit movie, "Holiday Inn," omitted Irving Berlin's verse that went like this:

      "The sun is shining, the grass is green,

      The orange and palm trees sway.

      There's never been such a day

      in Beverly Hills, L.A.

      But it's December the twenty-fourth,—

      And I am longing to be up North—"

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      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

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      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Voted up & beautiful! Well written and informative also descriptive. Beautifully arranged and I loved the vids...

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      Candie V 

      7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Peggy! You did a lot of work getting these great songs together, and assembling such a great group of Christmas gifts and decorations! I'm sure everyone has both great and less than wonderful memories they could share here. I have some very sad ones coming up in the next week.. 2nd anniv. of Greg's death.. so it's mixed with some fantastic childhood memories.

      I wanted to bundle up in my hat and mittens looking at your snowy pictures! Brrrrr! I spent one winter in Winnipeg Canada.. -40F Major Brrrrr! Hahaha! Merry Christmas! Hugs!

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