Last week, many of us in the U.S. and Canada were dealing with record low temps as the result of the dreaded Polar Vortex.  The lows in some parts of the U.S. rivaled temps in Antartica.  Crazy.

For those of you who are making the best of winter’s snow bounty, history is on your side.  Here’s a look at how folks in the 19th century played in the snow!


Winter Sports – Coasting in the Country by Granville Perkins, from Harper’s Weekly. February 17,1877

Back in the day, sledding was referred to as “coasting” or “sliding.”  A January 12, 1896 article in The New York Times expounds upon the good “old-fashioned” fun:

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Read the rest at Social In DC.

Have you been sledding this year? Do you have fond sledding memories (perhaps with unconventional, homemade sleds)? I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,


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