Christmas Day Crispness
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Christmas Day Crispness
Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. Not because I’m a devout follower of Christianity. Not at all. It’s because of the general feeling and excitement it’s managed to attach itself to over time. Having an allocated, guilt-free period to do your favourite things (eat, drink, watch films, and eat) with your favourite people (though this is always questionable). Christmas has become something so much more encompassing and unifying than it’s initial, religious origins.
This Christmas was the first I’d spent without family. Being in a completely different environment with an entirely different life was peculiar. I didn’t feel anywhere near as glum or downcast as I’d expected to. There was certainly still that missing element of being surrounded by my family and all of the accompanying merriment. I did, however, upkeep my usual tradition of drinking alcohol-infused coffee and eating more-than-my-body-weight’s worth of chocolate. This is amidst enjoying some favourite films and TV shows.
So you risked a cardiac arrest. Great. What else did you do to hurt yourself?
A quintessential occurrence I rarely experienced back home in England was having a White Christmas; and going from this to then being in a country where there’s enough snow to make snow angels to my heart’s content – though I’m still yet to, disappointingly – was an enchanting change. Despite having my housemates around for a good portion of the day, I actually had some time alone to do as I pleased, which wasn’t a common occurrence with a family-oriented Christmas.
Okay, at least try and pretend you miss your family. Jeez.
Naturally, I ended up having a wander around the local village and taking some snaps. Of course, I also simultaneously carried out my other favourite activity of under-estimating the extent of Canada’s cold climate, and almost lost my hands – or at least that’s how it felt. This one was taken from the comfort of my snowed over first-floor porch on Christmas morning, before I ventured outwards and got caught in a mini-snowstorm.
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