I lived in two desert communities when growing up. The locations were Phoenix, Arizona and El Paso, Texas.
In the 1950s and 1960s, both areas had little snow and lots of tumbleweeds. The residents tired of the same old snowless Christmas. There was almost no hope of snowfall. Without the snow, there would be no snowman.
Some creative person came up with the idea of building a snowman from tumbleweeds. It was simple. You obtained three. They were abundant in the desert. You placed the largest on the bottom. The middle-sized one went in the middle. The small one made the head. Some people spray painted them white.
Adding a hat, eyes, and mouth to the creation gave it personality. Sometimes we even added an old scarf as well.
A tumbleweed snowman can become a fun holiday tradition for your family. It is easy to create one of these eye-catching figures on your lawn.
My family did this when we lived on Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas.
Growing up as a military brat allowed me unusual experiences like a tumbleweed snowman.
What holiday traditions did you have as a military brat?
Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a novelist, poet, book reviewer, and award-winning short story writer. His work has appeared in over twenty venues, including Bewildering Stories and Beyond Imagination. When not writing each morning at his favorite coffee house, he supports his writing, reading, and reviewing habit working as an IT application support analyst. He is a former Captain in the US Army. His blog Kepler’s Book Reviews was named a 100 best blogs for history buffs in 2010. You can visit him at http://jimmiekepler.com.