Whatever happened to …

… a White Christmas?

As I write this, it’s Christmas morning. I just returned from a Christmas morning walk with Jaimie. We were delayed from our usual 7:14am time slot because of rain. I had heard the forecast but didn’t totally believe it and yes, it was raining then but had now eased up. I dressed like I normally would for a winter walk; winter coat, gloves, and toque.

We hit the pavement and, boy, it was warm out there. By the time I got to the corner, I was sweating like crazy. Off went the gloves and the coat was open for the rest of the walk. According to my watch, it was 12 degrees.

Needless to say, there was no snow!

I was watching the CTV News earlier this morning and they have temperatures from around the country at the right side of the screen and I noticed that Fort McMurray was -25. I’ll bet they had snow. Part of our family is celebrating Christmas north of Toronto and the pictures that came back had a great deal of snow in it.

I do remember snowy Christmases from the past. Our parents lived in Huron County in the snow belt and so that always made for an interesting ride home. I remember one time heading home going up Highway 21 and it was closed at Highway 84 because of snow. No problem, we thought; we’ll just deke across to Hensall and go up Highway 4. When we got there, Highway 4 north was closed as well. Argh. Ever try looking for a hotel in Hensall? Our Plan C was to head back and go up a county road through Hills Green and eventually to Bayfield Road and into town. We did it. We still shudder at the alternative of spending the night in a Chevette with three kids, a dog, and a pile of presents.

Another memory was when we actually got home without a problem. Since both parents lived in the same community, we had to make sure that we spent equal time in both houses. The problem is that a huge snowstorm had hit on Christmas Eve and the ploughs weren’t out. There was so much snow that travel by car was out of the question. But, walking and dragging the kids in a toboggan got us across town.

So, I’ve had the best of both worlds. I’ve enjoyed a white Christmas and I’ve enjoyed a Christmas where there is still corn in the fields waiting to be harvested.

Listening to CKNX on the drive home, the Bing Crosby White Christmas was always on the playlist and it reminds me of those other times.

So, for a Sunday (and I had to check because I always lose track of days over the holidays), what are your thoughts?

  • Did you enjoy a White Christmas or were you in a warmer location?
  • Is it really Christmas if you don’t have snow?
  • Are there some old time Christmas songs that bring back memories for you?
  • Do you have any Christmas Day traditions? We enjoy getting as much of the family as we can around the kitchen table and playing Taboo…
  • How about Boxing Day? Will you be out looking for deals or will COVID be keeping you at home?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

This is part of a regular series of posts on Sunday mornings. You can check them all out here.

3 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …

  1. Good morning, Doug!

    Unbelievable that it’s so warm there. I was talking to my mom yesterday (she lives in Greece in one of the coldest regions in the winter) and we were checking the weather for next weekend. They will be having 17 degrees Celsius, which is really strange for this time of the year.

    Here in Switzerland, we had snow two weeks ago – and a lot, too – but I live high up in the mountains. We still have some snow around, but it’s weirdly warmer than it should be.

    Climate change is definitely here and it worries me a lot, as I suppose most of us.

    Thanks for touching upon this subject, Doug!

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  2. Hi Doug! Your questions plus your stories have me thinking. Boxing Day for me was always about getting up and helping my step-dad drag the Christmas tree into the backyard before my grandma arrived for her holiday visit. My grandma passed away many years ago now, but I can’t see a Christmas tree and not think about this. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Hoping others share their holiday memories!



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