Chattanoogans Celebrate White Christmas
Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- It's the first time since 1989 the Tennessee Valley has seen a White Christmas, making 2010 a year many will remember.
For newlyweds Holly and Ryan Beckett from Atlanta, the snowfall means they'll always remember their first Christmas together.
For a single dad beaten down by the economy in recent months, it means a fresh outlook and new enthusiasm for the holiday.
"This is actually my first White Christmas," says 11-year-old Gabby Conever. On top of mistletoe and presents under the tree, snow.
"You know the song I'm dreaming of a White Christmas," says Ryan Beckett.
Almost as soon as Santa left in the wee hours Christmas morn big fluffy snowflakes hit the ground.
"I should have done a big old jump," says Beckett as he sleds down
Ryan and Holly Beckett aren't youngsters anymore, but when the couple woke up to a white world the Christmas spirit took over.
"I woke up and it was snowing," Beckett says. "I wanted to go out and play in it!"
Which is exactly what they did, before opening presents.
"We just got married in September so this is pretty neat to be celebrating it like this," says wife Holly.
Across town the snow just keeps spreading Christmas cheer.
"It's bringing more of the Christmas spirit that people may have lost because of the economy," says Darrin Batts.
The 41-year-old single dad hasn't seen a White Christmas in 20 years.
"It makes a big difference in the way you feel and how you look at the whole holiday," says Batts.
Darrin Batts didn't expect his business to struggle in recent months.
"I've taken jobs at Zaxby's and American Cafe at the mall," he says. To Batts the snow is a reminder good things still happen.
"Christmas 2010 will turn out to be blessed," he says.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday the Chattanooga airport recorded 2.5" of snow. The second highest Christmas snow. The highest was in 1969 with 5.1".