Christmas memories

Cal Happy Christmas Day! From me, and from Charlie the Christmas Elf and Billie the Frost Elf.

I'm glad you've taken a moment to glance at the Word Wenches. I won't keep you long, but I have some memories to share.

One returned to me the other day when some people were finding pleasure in the snowy Christmas many of us are having here in the UK. It triggers no nostalgia in me. I know what does. We lived in Canada for over 30 years and thus had many white Christmases — and I learned to dislike snow that lasts for more than a day.

Our last decade or so was spent in Victoria, which has a quite British climate, and our first Christmas there — we had snow! Lots of it. So my epiphany came the next year, when the weather was normal and I went shopping, lingering in town as darkness fell. And there it was!

Christmas lights and shop windows glimmering on rain-shone sidewalks (pav Xmasangelstar ements to me now.)

I glowed with delight. That's Christmas to me!

What weather triggers Christmas memories for you?  

All wondrous wishes,

Jo

 

 

55 thoughts on “Christmas memories”

  1. Jo, I grew up in the north, so a white Christmas was the norm. (I remember the year my father made a point of how we were having a green Christmas–very rare if you live near Buffalo!)
    Geographically speaking, though, I imagine true Christmas weather is about what northern Florida is experiencing now: cold nights, cool mild days, and probably no snow.
    Of course, the date of Christmas is pretty arbitrary anyhow!

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  2. Jo, I grew up in the north, so a white Christmas was the norm. (I remember the year my father made a point of how we were having a green Christmas–very rare if you live near Buffalo!)
    Geographically speaking, though, I imagine true Christmas weather is about what northern Florida is experiencing now: cold nights, cool mild days, and probably no snow.
    Of course, the date of Christmas is pretty arbitrary anyhow!

    Reply
  3. Jo, I grew up in the north, so a white Christmas was the norm. (I remember the year my father made a point of how we were having a green Christmas–very rare if you live near Buffalo!)
    Geographically speaking, though, I imagine true Christmas weather is about what northern Florida is experiencing now: cold nights, cool mild days, and probably no snow.
    Of course, the date of Christmas is pretty arbitrary anyhow!

    Reply
  4. Jo, I grew up in the north, so a white Christmas was the norm. (I remember the year my father made a point of how we were having a green Christmas–very rare if you live near Buffalo!)
    Geographically speaking, though, I imagine true Christmas weather is about what northern Florida is experiencing now: cold nights, cool mild days, and probably no snow.
    Of course, the date of Christmas is pretty arbitrary anyhow!

    Reply
  5. Jo, I grew up in the north, so a white Christmas was the norm. (I remember the year my father made a point of how we were having a green Christmas–very rare if you live near Buffalo!)
    Geographically speaking, though, I imagine true Christmas weather is about what northern Florida is experiencing now: cold nights, cool mild days, and probably no snow.
    Of course, the date of Christmas is pretty arbitrary anyhow!

    Reply
  6. We are having a very rare White Christmas in Tennessee this year. The most memorable Christmases for me are when it was in the 60s and we wear our shorts. They seem to happen more often than the snowy ones! Great for trying out new bikes when you are small.

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  7. We are having a very rare White Christmas in Tennessee this year. The most memorable Christmases for me are when it was in the 60s and we wear our shorts. They seem to happen more often than the snowy ones! Great for trying out new bikes when you are small.

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  8. We are having a very rare White Christmas in Tennessee this year. The most memorable Christmases for me are when it was in the 60s and we wear our shorts. They seem to happen more often than the snowy ones! Great for trying out new bikes when you are small.

    Reply
  9. We are having a very rare White Christmas in Tennessee this year. The most memorable Christmases for me are when it was in the 60s and we wear our shorts. They seem to happen more often than the snowy ones! Great for trying out new bikes when you are small.

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  10. We are having a very rare White Christmas in Tennessee this year. The most memorable Christmases for me are when it was in the 60s and we wear our shorts. They seem to happen more often than the snowy ones! Great for trying out new bikes when you are small.

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  11. The idea of the snowy Christmas does go way back. There are medieval illustrations showing snow. I assume they are from the north of Europe, but I haven’t checked. Given that they’d know Bethlehem is a milder climate, especially after the first crusade, it’s a bit odd. But then, so is the long, long visual tradition of the pale-skinned, blond adult Jesus.
    Jo
    PS I’m having a bit of computer trouble and so am in the process of switching over to a new one, which is why my id might appear different here.

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  12. The idea of the snowy Christmas does go way back. There are medieval illustrations showing snow. I assume they are from the north of Europe, but I haven’t checked. Given that they’d know Bethlehem is a milder climate, especially after the first crusade, it’s a bit odd. But then, so is the long, long visual tradition of the pale-skinned, blond adult Jesus.
    Jo
    PS I’m having a bit of computer trouble and so am in the process of switching over to a new one, which is why my id might appear different here.

    Reply
  13. The idea of the snowy Christmas does go way back. There are medieval illustrations showing snow. I assume they are from the north of Europe, but I haven’t checked. Given that they’d know Bethlehem is a milder climate, especially after the first crusade, it’s a bit odd. But then, so is the long, long visual tradition of the pale-skinned, blond adult Jesus.
    Jo
    PS I’m having a bit of computer trouble and so am in the process of switching over to a new one, which is why my id might appear different here.

    Reply
  14. The idea of the snowy Christmas does go way back. There are medieval illustrations showing snow. I assume they are from the north of Europe, but I haven’t checked. Given that they’d know Bethlehem is a milder climate, especially after the first crusade, it’s a bit odd. But then, so is the long, long visual tradition of the pale-skinned, blond adult Jesus.
    Jo
    PS I’m having a bit of computer trouble and so am in the process of switching over to a new one, which is why my id might appear different here.

    Reply
  15. The idea of the snowy Christmas does go way back. There are medieval illustrations showing snow. I assume they are from the north of Europe, but I haven’t checked. Given that they’d know Bethlehem is a milder climate, especially after the first crusade, it’s a bit odd. But then, so is the long, long visual tradition of the pale-skinned, blond adult Jesus.
    Jo
    PS I’m having a bit of computer trouble and so am in the process of switching over to a new one, which is why my id might appear different here.

    Reply
  16. I’m the opposite. I like snow for Christmas. We’ve had a little snow this past week here in New England, but most of it has melted away.
    However, there is a blizzard warning up today, for 12-18 inches of snow. I guess this is our white day-after-Christmas.

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  17. I’m the opposite. I like snow for Christmas. We’ve had a little snow this past week here in New England, but most of it has melted away.
    However, there is a blizzard warning up today, for 12-18 inches of snow. I guess this is our white day-after-Christmas.

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  18. I’m the opposite. I like snow for Christmas. We’ve had a little snow this past week here in New England, but most of it has melted away.
    However, there is a blizzard warning up today, for 12-18 inches of snow. I guess this is our white day-after-Christmas.

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  19. I’m the opposite. I like snow for Christmas. We’ve had a little snow this past week here in New England, but most of it has melted away.
    However, there is a blizzard warning up today, for 12-18 inches of snow. I guess this is our white day-after-Christmas.

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  20. I’m the opposite. I like snow for Christmas. We’ve had a little snow this past week here in New England, but most of it has melted away.
    However, there is a blizzard warning up today, for 12-18 inches of snow. I guess this is our white day-after-Christmas.

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  21. When I was a child growing up here in VA, we always got snow in November and December. Lots of “snow days” home from school! Building snowmen, riding sleds, and drinking hot chocolate : ) As the years passed and global warming became a reality, our seasons began to bleed into one another, and our Winter came later into January. However, this year we have had two mild snow storms already this month. Yesterday, on Christmas morning, I looked out the window and saw snow! A “White Christmas”! It made me laugh out loud–I don’t know why–it just felt good : )

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  22. When I was a child growing up here in VA, we always got snow in November and December. Lots of “snow days” home from school! Building snowmen, riding sleds, and drinking hot chocolate : ) As the years passed and global warming became a reality, our seasons began to bleed into one another, and our Winter came later into January. However, this year we have had two mild snow storms already this month. Yesterday, on Christmas morning, I looked out the window and saw snow! A “White Christmas”! It made me laugh out loud–I don’t know why–it just felt good : )

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  23. When I was a child growing up here in VA, we always got snow in November and December. Lots of “snow days” home from school! Building snowmen, riding sleds, and drinking hot chocolate : ) As the years passed and global warming became a reality, our seasons began to bleed into one another, and our Winter came later into January. However, this year we have had two mild snow storms already this month. Yesterday, on Christmas morning, I looked out the window and saw snow! A “White Christmas”! It made me laugh out loud–I don’t know why–it just felt good : )

    Reply
  24. When I was a child growing up here in VA, we always got snow in November and December. Lots of “snow days” home from school! Building snowmen, riding sleds, and drinking hot chocolate : ) As the years passed and global warming became a reality, our seasons began to bleed into one another, and our Winter came later into January. However, this year we have had two mild snow storms already this month. Yesterday, on Christmas morning, I looked out the window and saw snow! A “White Christmas”! It made me laugh out loud–I don’t know why–it just felt good : )

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  25. When I was a child growing up here in VA, we always got snow in November and December. Lots of “snow days” home from school! Building snowmen, riding sleds, and drinking hot chocolate : ) As the years passed and global warming became a reality, our seasons began to bleed into one another, and our Winter came later into January. However, this year we have had two mild snow storms already this month. Yesterday, on Christmas morning, I looked out the window and saw snow! A “White Christmas”! It made me laugh out loud–I don’t know why–it just felt good : )

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  26. I grew up in San Diego, so we often went to the beach on Christmas day, but because Christmas movies were always set in snowy places I felt like I was missing out.
    Now I’m in London and feel a bit miffed that all the snow melted a few days before Christmas. What do I have to do to get a white Christmas?!

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  27. I grew up in San Diego, so we often went to the beach on Christmas day, but because Christmas movies were always set in snowy places I felt like I was missing out.
    Now I’m in London and feel a bit miffed that all the snow melted a few days before Christmas. What do I have to do to get a white Christmas?!

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  28. I grew up in San Diego, so we often went to the beach on Christmas day, but because Christmas movies were always set in snowy places I felt like I was missing out.
    Now I’m in London and feel a bit miffed that all the snow melted a few days before Christmas. What do I have to do to get a white Christmas?!

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  29. I grew up in San Diego, so we often went to the beach on Christmas day, but because Christmas movies were always set in snowy places I felt like I was missing out.
    Now I’m in London and feel a bit miffed that all the snow melted a few days before Christmas. What do I have to do to get a white Christmas?!

    Reply
  30. I grew up in San Diego, so we often went to the beach on Christmas day, but because Christmas movies were always set in snowy places I felt like I was missing out.
    Now I’m in London and feel a bit miffed that all the snow melted a few days before Christmas. What do I have to do to get a white Christmas?!

    Reply
  31. We had snow flurries yesterday and today here in the Deep South, but nothing stayed. Still, those flurries remind me of the three Christmases we spent in England. They were all white and we three kids from Alabama thought that was the best thing to ever happen to us.

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  32. We had snow flurries yesterday and today here in the Deep South, but nothing stayed. Still, those flurries remind me of the three Christmases we spent in England. They were all white and we three kids from Alabama thought that was the best thing to ever happen to us.

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  33. We had snow flurries yesterday and today here in the Deep South, but nothing stayed. Still, those flurries remind me of the three Christmases we spent in England. They were all white and we three kids from Alabama thought that was the best thing to ever happen to us.

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  34. We had snow flurries yesterday and today here in the Deep South, but nothing stayed. Still, those flurries remind me of the three Christmases we spent in England. They were all white and we three kids from Alabama thought that was the best thing to ever happen to us.

    Reply
  35. We had snow flurries yesterday and today here in the Deep South, but nothing stayed. Still, those flurries remind me of the three Christmases we spent in England. They were all white and we three kids from Alabama thought that was the best thing to ever happen to us.

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  36. Merry Christmas, Jo and all of the Wenches. I’m finally back online. I have to say, a hard drive crash is NOT a fond Christmas memory ;o)
    Snow, I suppose, and the smell of the tree when we first bring it in. Those are always my best Christmas memories.

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  37. Merry Christmas, Jo and all of the Wenches. I’m finally back online. I have to say, a hard drive crash is NOT a fond Christmas memory ;o)
    Snow, I suppose, and the smell of the tree when we first bring it in. Those are always my best Christmas memories.

    Reply
  38. Merry Christmas, Jo and all of the Wenches. I’m finally back online. I have to say, a hard drive crash is NOT a fond Christmas memory ;o)
    Snow, I suppose, and the smell of the tree when we first bring it in. Those are always my best Christmas memories.

    Reply
  39. Merry Christmas, Jo and all of the Wenches. I’m finally back online. I have to say, a hard drive crash is NOT a fond Christmas memory ;o)
    Snow, I suppose, and the smell of the tree when we first bring it in. Those are always my best Christmas memories.

    Reply
  40. Merry Christmas, Jo and all of the Wenches. I’m finally back online. I have to say, a hard drive crash is NOT a fond Christmas memory ;o)
    Snow, I suppose, and the smell of the tree when we first bring it in. Those are always my best Christmas memories.

    Reply
  41. I like snow for Christmas. I grew up on the Canadian border in northern NY. I like big fluffy flakes of it. We now live in NE Tennessee and actually had more snow here than my dad did in NY. I’m not used to it anymore and am glad I don’t have to get out in it. People here don’t know how to drive in it and the road crews don’t have the equipment to deal with it.

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  42. I like snow for Christmas. I grew up on the Canadian border in northern NY. I like big fluffy flakes of it. We now live in NE Tennessee and actually had more snow here than my dad did in NY. I’m not used to it anymore and am glad I don’t have to get out in it. People here don’t know how to drive in it and the road crews don’t have the equipment to deal with it.

    Reply
  43. I like snow for Christmas. I grew up on the Canadian border in northern NY. I like big fluffy flakes of it. We now live in NE Tennessee and actually had more snow here than my dad did in NY. I’m not used to it anymore and am glad I don’t have to get out in it. People here don’t know how to drive in it and the road crews don’t have the equipment to deal with it.

    Reply
  44. I like snow for Christmas. I grew up on the Canadian border in northern NY. I like big fluffy flakes of it. We now live in NE Tennessee and actually had more snow here than my dad did in NY. I’m not used to it anymore and am glad I don’t have to get out in it. People here don’t know how to drive in it and the road crews don’t have the equipment to deal with it.

    Reply
  45. I like snow for Christmas. I grew up on the Canadian border in northern NY. I like big fluffy flakes of it. We now live in NE Tennessee and actually had more snow here than my dad did in NY. I’m not used to it anymore and am glad I don’t have to get out in it. People here don’t know how to drive in it and the road crews don’t have the equipment to deal with it.

    Reply

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