Looking at the long range forecast, it might be a green Christmas for 2014, something I'm not used to but I could learn to like. Vancouver Island is quite iffy when it comes to weather. You can have a snowless winter one year and get dumped on from an Arctic front that sweeps down in all its glory the next.
As a prairie exile, I treasure every day with no snow. My grandchildren don't agree; they're into winter sports and their young circulations don't mind the cold at all. I'm willing to grant them a few big fluffy snowflakes on Christmas Eve, but I want them all gone along with the decorations at the end of Boxing Day. I'm one of those people who like to start the season early but I believe that, when it's over, it's over.
When I was a child, the most exciting part of Christmas was the concert put on by our one room school. We rehearsed and practised for weeks till the day came to dress up in our finery and head for the village hall. I remember shivering in anticipation and the cold standing in the wings with the other students in crepe paper dressed carrying silver wands, waiting for the cue to go onstage and do our 'drill'. We had skits and carols and recitations and of course a pageant to celebrate the reason for the holiday. Then Santa would make an appearance with bags of candy.
What sort of Christmas personality are you? Do you wait till the last minute to shop or start working on your list in July? Do you put the tree up right after Remembrance Day or have a decorating party Christmas Eve?
I guess it doesn't really matter how we honour the season as long as we do. It's a time to celebrate with family and connect with old friends. Mostly it's a time of love and we can all celebrate that.