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John Lamb, Published December 16 2008

Storm causes holiday season to drift into January

So how bad was Sunday’s blizzard?

Highways and interstates in North Dakota and western Minnesota were closed, businesses shut down and church services were canceled.

Most amazing of all, it appeared to freeze open a gap in the time-space continuum.

You see, the snow and winds extended the Christmas season until Jan. 10. That’s when Lorie Line’s “2008 Holiday Extravaganza: Christmas Around the World,” originally scheduled for Sunday, is rescheduled for the Fargodome.

Baby, you know it’s cold outside when the raven-tressed Christmas mistress can’t glide into town on the sound of sleigh bells in the snow.

How will Line’s annual message of holiday cheer age 10 days into the new year? Her bread and butter is Christmas music, but will anyone want to hear that four days after the 12 Days of Christmas have ended? She knows nonseasonal songs, but the popular pianist will really practice what she preaches if she performs “Keep Christmas With You All Through the Year.”

The date of the show will actually be closer to the AC/DC concert (Jan. 17) than to Christmas, so maybe she could split the difference and play the rockers’ “Highway to Hell” as a holiday carol.

Of course, there were plenty of other seasonal events postponed or canceled by the frightful weather outside.

Monday’s scheduled Santa Sale at the North Dakota State University horse barn was moved to today. Good news, if you need an extra day of shopping.

The bad news is that this is a misleading name and location for the event. If you thought you could actually buy Santa, you’re out of luck. Likewise, don’t be thrown into thinking this is a good time to get your daughter that pony she’d been asking for. Instead you’ll find red Angus cattle, which would make for a memorable gift but are hard to wrap.

Even the Sons of Norway was closed on Monday. This is particularly ominous. If the descendents of Vikings can’t handle this weather, who can?

About the only good to come out of the storm was aiding in some police work. After a cashier at the Holiday station at 101 N. University Drive called police to report two males had assaulted him and stolen packs of cigarettes, police followed footsteps in the snow to make arrests about half an hour later.

In times like these, people who moved away will ask those of us who stayed why we remain in a place that resembles the ice planet Hoth four months of the year, a place that gets so cold, life seems to freeze to a halt.

My favorite response is that we do it for bragging rights – that if we can handle a few days of 20-below-zero weather, we can handle almost anything, even waiting a few extra weeks for the last song of the holiday season.

Readers can reach Forum columnist John Lamb at (701) 241-5533 or jlamb@forumcomm.com