Pure Joy

Kathryn Childers – aka “Mother Snow” – preserves the memory of that glorious white Christmas of 10 years ago for generations to come in a children’s read-along and two coffee table books.

Special to Inspire Coastal Bend

When you mention the miraculous snowfall on Christmas Eve 2004, even a decade later, the joy of that night hasn’t lost its luster. “To this day, people’s eyes still light up and sparkle when you ask them where they were and what they did that magical night and morning,” Kathryn Childers says. The long-time Corpus Christi resident remembers it all too well. In the 10 years since the snowy miracle, Childers has become somewhat of a snow historian.

Freezing temperatures from the North merged with precipitation sitting over much of the Gulf Coast of Texas. The result was conditions that hadn’t been seen in more than 100 years. The cities of Victoria and Lake Jackson received the heaviest blanket of snow, totaling 14 inches. Two inches of the white stuff fell on Houston, Galveston and the Rio Grande Valley, while Corpus Christi had accumulation of 10 to 12 inches.

“My fondest memory was driving by Cole Park on our way to church,” Childers says. “Suddenly, atop the quiet silence of the snowfall, the air was filled with giggles and laughter – like a playground on the last day of school. I believe it would be fair to call it the sound of joy.”

Once the snow melted, Childers went to work. Childers spearheaded an amateur photo contest with the help of H-E-B and collected more than 6,000 images. Her efforts ultimately culminated in two coffee table books, “Snow” and “More Snow,” and a children’s read-along, “More Snow for Kids.”

“Although some children may be too young to remember that white Christmas 10 years ago, thanks to the books, it will always be a special moment in their lives, as well,” says Childers, who has been dubbed “Mother Snow.” “The thing that has surprised me most, however, is when I go to homes and businesses and the snow books are out on the coffee tables year-round.”

“Mother Snow” has enjoyed “dashing through the snow” for a decade, and she will continue to do so. “I truly believe everyone has tucked our beautiful and unique white Christmas in their Christmas box of memories and will bring it out every year,” Childers says. “That Christmas of 2004 will always be the Christmas.”

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10th Anniversary “Snow” Events

Dec. 5
Book Signing: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at H-E-B Plus! on Saratoga in Corpus Christi

Dec. 6
Book Signing: Noon to 4 p.m. at H-E-B Plus! on Saratoga in Corpus Christi

Dec. 7
Book Signing: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at H-E-B Plus! on Saratoga in Corpus Christi

Dec. 13
Corpus Christi Symphony’s “Home for the Holidays” featuring “The Miracle” arrangement and performance featuring the 2004 snowfall at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Dec. 14
Corpus Christi Symphony’s “Home for the Holidays” featuring “The Miracle” arrangement and performance featuring the 2004 snowfall in Rockport

Dec. 20
Book Signing: Noon to 4 p.m. at H-E-B Plus! on Saratoga in Corpus Christi

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“This was the one Christmas when every child received the same gift.” – Trey Campbell

“When we stepped out onto our balcony, we heard chimes from the bell tower in Goliad play ‘I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas.’ Is that awesome or what?” – Suzy Smith Warzecha

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience – a perfect Christmas Eve in South Texas!”
– The Hon. Solomon P. Ortiz, U.S. Congress

“I felt that even the Lord helped decorate His house for Christmas this year at Corpus Christi Cathedral.” – Fr. Michael Howell

“It was our first Christmas without my mom, and we couldn’t help but think the snow on Christmas Day was a gift from her.” – Lonnie Glasscock

“We could not sit on our patio furniture this Christmas Day, but who can complain? It was a perfect Christmas morning!” – Kent Kirkpatrick

“The contrast of the green bushes and palms covered with pristine white snow was almost as overwhelming as the silence created by the thick layer of snow white-washing the landscape. It was a glorious morning.” – Caro T. Jackson

“I listened to the kids playing in the snow all night long at Cole Park. It was wonderful. Then, wow! When I walked out of my front door Christmas morning and saw Corpus Christi. It looked like a gleaming jewel.” – Charles Kaffie

“My husband said it has been over a century since Frosty has ridden the waves to the Coastal Bend.” – Kim Afflerbach

“My husband, Andy, rolled this ‘snowball’ up and down the hill at Cole Park. After all that hard work, he decided to take it home to become the base of his Texas snowman.” – Beth Sprinkle

“You could literally feel the happiness in the air, see it on your neighbors’ faces and hear it in everyone’s voices. It’s that pure joy that I wish we could capture more often.” – Libby Averyt

“We didn’t have gloves, so we put some men’s socks on our son’s hands and played in the snow.”
– Gloria McCormick

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The books are available at H-E-B Plus! in Corpus Christi on Saratoga. You may also purchase the books online or find more information at www.texassnowbook.com

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