I don't want to "snow" on anyone's parade but I had to reset my log on to another page on the goat Spot because the snow flakes were causing my computer to sieze up- used too much memory. So I didn't even know they were gone.
The first thing I noticed was that the scrolling recent questions box would stop when the snowflakes reached a certain place on the screen- then I had to delete the internet history to do anything on my computer.
Taking them off has speeded up going through the site immensely- it was so time consuming to post or even open a thread that I was just deciding to stop checking.
I have an elderly computer - I bought it used 5 years ago- and slow dial up. I'm sure that people with high speed or faster machines would have less problem.
On another site I have seen changes when still pictures are added to the headers and such- maybe that could help with your creative urges while keeping us dinosaurs from becoming extinct? They are sort of seasonal themed grphics that are changed frequently. It seems to be the motion part of the graphics that cause so much problems.
Anyway I'm enjoying being able to be chatty again.