By Tuesday, we'd been dug out by a generous neighbor with a tractor, and the weather had cleared up enough that
we the kids could spend considerable time outside. The snow was still too deep and fluffy on our regular snow hill for even the snowmobile to handle, so they moved sledding to the road and it was perfect.
After non-stop wind and who knows how many inches of snow, Tuesday's weather delighted us. It wasn't windy even out on the lake, which is pretty unusual. Temperatures in the 20s helped, too.
The snow on the lake was knee deep, too, but that didn't stop anyone from trying their hand at ice fishing. My oldest kid loves fishing, so I was disappointed he didn't catch anything right away on Tuesday. But he'd been out for hours sledding already, so he was pretty tired. He did catch one Wednesday morning.
I've never been considered outdoorsy, or loved winter activities (unless you count reading and knitting on the couch), but even I got out on Tuesday. We were all quickly reminded of why we like to spend Christmas at the lake, even in northern North Dakota! The beauty and brightness of fresh-fallen snow and frosty trees begs us to get outside. Sledding, fishing, building forts, and shoveling - there's always something fun to do if the weather will let us outside. What a joy and a delight to be able to spend time outside over our Christmas vacation.