Although it’s not officially winter yet (Solstice is on the 21st this year), it’s not unusual to have the first snow of the season long before now. In fact, what is unusual is NOT to have any accumulation of snow yet.
Last night we had our first ‘real’ snow of the season (previous flurries hardly count). It was the heavy, wet stuff that clings to branches tenaciously. Children, anticipating their Christmas holiday, were no doubt excited to discover the ground and trees covered in white. Anyone who had to travel today was probably less excited by the prospect of slushy or icy road conditions.
But, this is Canada and yes, folks, we have winter. With the climate change we’ve been experiencing, it seems to be arriving a bit later than it used to, but it still arrives. It is hard to get in the ‘Christmas spirit’ without at least some white stuff on the ground, especially without having children around to build the excitement.
What we do have, though, is a pretty scene out there while it lasts. It’s enough to have me playing Christmas music on the stereo, baking some cheesecake, cookies – rum balls, of course, and shortbreads. At last it feels like the season has begun.