Snow, snow, snow, snow…. If you’ve watched White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, you’ll remember the song that starts that way. It’s an ode to snow, a fun and festive tune the characters sing as they take the train to Vermont for a frosty holiday.
Except Vermont didn’t have snow that December, contributing to all sorts of problems for the film’s songbird heroine, as well as the gracious old inn where she’s supposed to perform her show.
I love that movie. It tugs at your heartstrings, gives you something to smile and sing along with as you decorate your tree, and provides a sneak peek at quaint, quiet and charming Vermont.
I set Last Chance Christmas there because I visit often in December. And, contrary to the film, I’ve rarely seen it without snow at that time of year, especially in the northwest corner of the state where the Green Mountains are full of ski resorts.
In creating my setting, I took inspiration from a few real-life cities to make the town of Cloud Spin. I put a bit off Stowe and Sugar Bush in there. Took the Yuletide appeal of Grafton and Woodstock, and then mixed in a dash of pure North Country rough and tumble spirt to create the tough hockey playing families who live there.
Here, pond hockey is as much a winter staple as sledding or skiing. And while some people simply skate on the frozen ponds, my hockey loving characters have created a real backyard ice rink complete with coils and chillers and a high tech flooding system. I had a blast reading about this technology—and yes, it really does exist if you want to upgrade your backyard into a winter sports destination for the neighborhood.
It certainly led to some romantic moments for my hero and heroine, not to mention a way to get involved in the community that nurtured them in their youth. It made me want to go throw on a pair of skates! How about you? If you took the train to Vermont this week and found yourself in a winter wonderland, what would you do to enjoy the outdoors? Let me know and I’ll give one random poster the prize pack pictured!
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