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Sunday, 15 December 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I love Winter. I love all the seasons, and while the transitional periods between Spring and Summer, and Summer and Fall are my favourite times, Winter has a special place in my heart. Maybe it's because I can see my breath, or because I love winter fashion. Maybe it's the memories of playing on snowbanks in the school yard in elementary school, and building a snowman with my dad at my grandmother's house. Maybe it's because I love hearing Christmas music being played in the malls... Maybe it's simply because I love snow.
A mid-December snowfall.

Snow on a tree at night. (This one refuses to shed its leaves.)
The day after the snowfall.

Snow on a pine.

There is something peaceful about freshly fallen snow. Snow seems to make everything, even a big city like Toronto, look pretty and tranquil. I love seeing snow sitting atop trees of pine and spruce, and blanketing window sills and roofs. I love walking by houses at night and seeing the snow sitting on top of Christmas lights. I love passing the properties of people who really get into the Christmas spirit and decorate their lawns to the nines. There is a house not very far from where I live who does his house up every year, and the street is always lined with cars and people who come by to take a look. There is this street near Bownmanville where homeowners have their houses decorated professionally. My family takes a drive by it every Christmas Eve and we're always awestruck at the works of art that are on display during this time of year.

Christmas is a very special time for me. It's the time when I gather with family and catch up on time lost over lunch and gifts. It's a time for reflection and hope for the future. It's when we remember those who are no longer able to physically celebrate with us, and give our thanks for those we are able to celebrate with.

With the busyness of the season, I may not get in another post before the new year, so, from my family to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the Spirit of Christmas/Yule/Hanukkah/Kwanza/whatever you celebrate this time of year be with you and may the new year bring you happiness and all you wish for.