Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Winter storm delays Christmas homecomings for many December 21, 2022

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This message hangs on a vintage dresser in my dining room, the mirror reflecting an oil painting of a winter scene by my father-in-law, Tom Helbling. (Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo December 2022)

I’ll be home for Christmas; you can plan on me…please have snow…

Well, not exactly, Bing (Crosby). You might not get home to see that snow, not the way the forecast is looking. Blizzard conditions are predicted here in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest for Thursday into Friday. That will affect land and air travel, disrupting many homecomings.

A close-up from Tom’s painting shows family members arriving for Christmas via sleigh. (Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted file photo)

I realize a snowy landscape seems picturesque and lovely and, oh, so holiday-ish in a song. But if you’re traveling or waiting for loved ones to arrive (like I am), then I’d rather not see new-fallen snow accompanied by frigid temps and strong winds.

Waiting at the door to welcome loved ones home for Christmas. (Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted file photo)

Dreams of my son being in Minnesota for Christmas are just that, a dream. The predicted winter storm changed everything. Now he will arrive the day after. I’ll take it. A year has passed since I’ve seen Caleb and to not see him at all would have been really really difficult for this mom. His stay will be shorter than planned, only a few days.

It took until 3:30 pm CST Tuesday for Delta to finally issue an advisory allowing passengers to rebook flights. That caused unnecessary angst within my family and I expect many others. United and American had those advisories in place much earlier.

Tom Helbling’s artistic version of a Christmas homecoming. (Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted file photo)

In the end, I feel thankful that my son can still travel to Minnesota. He may not be home for Christmas. But he will find plenty of snow when he does arrive. So there you go, Bing.

© Copyright 2022 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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14 Responses to “Winter storm delays Christmas homecomings for many”

  1. beth Says:

    I’m glad to hear that your son can still come. I’m worried in Michigan too, we have been getting warmings of 2 crazy days of storms and snow and may have to change things, but I’m ready to adjust as needed. I’d rather have everyone be safe, but have to say, I will miss our usual traditions.

  2. I’m sorry about Caleb’s plans. But happy that you’ll get to see him. ❤

    • I’m relieved he changed his flight because getting to the airport would likely have been impossible for us. His sister lives closer in the south metro, but I didn’t want her even venturing the half hour to get him. This is better all around. Safer.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂 Be blessed, stay warm, take care . . . Also, to a Happy New Year!

  4. Valerie Says:

    I’m sorry Caleb will miss Christmas, but I’m glad he is still coming. We, too, are used to celebrating with whom we can, whenever we can, whether it is the actual day or not. 😉
    We will go to the cities on Christmas day. Hopefully the worse conditions will be over by then.

  5. Valerie Says:

    I really like the painting!


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