52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History #2 ~ Winter Memories

Week 2: Winter.  What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

I grew up in Ontario, Canada we lived in an area often called the snow belt.  The weather here can change quickly.  One moment the sky's are Crystal clear and a few minutes later you have a strong snow squall coming in off the lakes.  Most of our snow comes from squall's off lake Huron.
What I remember best about winter as a child is how much snow we always had.  The fence around our home was 4 feet high and the snow was often over that.  Yes even in the backyard far away from were the tractors would blow the snow.  It would be an easy thing to walk from our yard to the neighbors.  No need to go through gates and walk around!  Most of the time we had so much snow that you couldn't open the gates anyway.  If you wanted through you had to climb or hop it.  Not that us kids minded that at all.
We had a small hill in the back yard that was great for sliding on.  I remember one Christmas we got big red sleds.  That winter we spent a lot of time in the back yard.

Our favorite foods in the winter were hot dishes.  Lots of soups with biscuits or rolls, roasted chicken or beef suppers.  Hot chocolate and warm cookies were a must as well!  

Our children enjoy the same things now as I did then.  Except we have a bigger hill for them to go rushing down!