It wouldn’t surprise me if this were a rambling mess. But at some point what is here has to be said, it is the point of Christmas spirit.
“A week before Christmas, and the readership is falling, what a sad state of affairs. What to do? Oh what to do? What to do? All a quandary. Say that again. No!” The Elf of Blogging cried looking at Santa all sad and lonely.
Is this going to be one of those tales of falling support for Christmas? Does Santa have to worry?
Not likely! This is just a silly little blog post to pan out a little time and get into the spirit of the week. Christmas spirit and knowing how it affects us all. Time to catch the Christmas spirit!
Nothing to do, not a care in the world waiting for the first sip of eggnog, during the week before Christmas. Looking out in the sky to the east and the north for the lights of the reindeers pulling a possible sleigh, a visiting bearded man perhaps. Seen it once before, or at least he thought he had. That’s the thing about December has an unusual sky, it makes you think about what may or may not be.
But he can ride the waves of the Aurora Borealis, light giving the sleigh extra power, the type it needs when it circles the globe.
What can we do? Is it the expectation of children? Or is there really magic in the air? I like to think the latter but midwinter has that aura, its dark, spooky, just like the Halloween movie, but it’s no longer Halloween we have moved beyond that season, beyond Thanksgiving to the deepest darkest nights of winter. Those darkest of nights, where spookiness abounds, yet you are more likely to hear a shout of:
“A Merry Christmas…” Fade through the night air.
Perhaps it is the case of living in Canada. After all it is always 20° colder here than across the border and according to one email I recently saw we have power cuts and must live on wood fires for all our heat. Can that be true? Not in this house. Where do they think we are? Is this a civilized land? I think it is otherwise or I wouldn’t leave here would I?
Enjoy it While it Lasts
There is snow on the ground and it is cold outside. By this time next week it will be all over, Christmas will be gone for another year so I guess we should make the best of the season while we still have it.
Pour me a drink, one that is right for this time of year, one that will bring a little cheer, a Brandy perhaps? Maybe we can sit out on the deck and drink it together and while away time with no end in mind. It is very Canadian to sit outside in mid‐winter we are hardy folk up here, that’s what they tell me. I’ve yet to find that out of course my friends reassure me that I am nearly Canadian (even though I have had the passport for many a year) and they forgive me for being born aboard (maybe they do, I do hope so).
This is, after all, the land of the North Pole, and the place even has a post code to share… Ho Ho Ho. I can even hear the bearded man saying it in good cheer. He will have much to celebrate with the elves.
Will it be a white Christmas? That is something we will only know on the 25th. I have lived 10 years in Canada and have to report that I have yet to experience my second white Christmas. That said I had to wait 97% of my current lifetime to experience my first, so perhaps I am over anxious to experience a second.
Has it been a good year? It has certainly been a classic one. David Bowie started the trend of classic rock stars dying, a sad year for the greats we have lost that is true. We have had weird political movements, led by Britain and our neighbours to the south, but lets keep away from that subject. A great Olympic season, the European Nations Cup (with Portugal beating hosts France in the final). Even seeing Toronto FC becoming the first Toronto team to make it to the final game in a North American Championship for many a year. Sadly they lost on penalties having fought valiantly for 120 minutes.
The spirit of this season it to let bygones be precisely that, gone. The Christmas spirit is all about being good to your fellow man.
I already thanked a good many of my Facebook friends, I would also like to thank those that follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Pinterest.
Take a sip of your favourite beverage, sitting in your cosiest chair and say cheers to a season that won’t be with us for long.
A ridiculous amount of coffee was consumed in the process of building this project. Add some fuel if you’d like to keep me going!