A very white Christmas 

Highway 10 was quiet during the holiday weekend after a winter storm passed through Central Michigan.

Highway 10 was quiet during the holiday weekend after a winter storm passed through Central Michigan.

Star Photo/Shanna Avery

LAKE COUNTY — Folks didn't have to dream of a white Christmas this year. They got their white Christmas — and then some. 

Christmas was a bit different than usual this year, with much of the nation in a freeze. Blizzard conditions throughout Michigan caused travel disruptions, and how some people celebrate Christmas. 

With the snow beginning to fall last Thursday, as predicted by weather stations, quite a few folks did their last minute shopping earlier last week, so they could wait out the storm. 

A lot of places got at least a foot of snow through Christmas weekend, as measured by Shawn Coffey, of Idlewild. Drifts made the snow in some areas more deep. 

Some families canceled Christmas weekend plans and rescheduled for when the weather is more cooperative. Some families visited loved ones online through video chat. 

Some hardy souls ventured to religious services over the weekend. Mass count at St. Ann Catholic Church in Baldwin was at least 42 people on Saturday and Sunday. With Christmas being a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, Fr. Matt Barnum urged people to come if they could make it, but only if they felt they could safely get there, adding if people could make it to the gas station for a pack of root beer, they better make it to Mass. 

For Laura and Harry Johnson, of Bitely, their Christmas was a bit different than usual, too. They ended up with an empty nest.

"We braved the roads and came to the VFW post in Baldwin for a delicious meal. Real plates, home cooked meal, fellowship and no dishes. Thank you Post No. 5315," Laura Johnson said. 

No matter how the plans may have changed this year, some have noticed maybe the quietness of this year, the simplicity, drew them closer to the deeper meanings of Christmas.