Shock of Christmas First Snow for Immigrants
Have you ever watched the delight of someone who experiences falling snow for the first time in life? I have –twice. First time, was a cousin’s child who watched snowflakes fall during their first year in Canada after immigrating from southern China.
The second time was a few years ago, when I worked with some Filipino employees at the office for a large construction project in Metro Vancouver. During October with still flaming autumn orange trees, one of the guys claimed he saw snow. He actually confused autumn frost with snow. Another Filipino employee in my department, got over her shock of snow after trying to walk-mince across the parking lot sparsely covered with snow.
Yes, my parents did experience snow for the first time when they immigrated to Canada in the 1950’s. I don’t know what it was like except my mother alluded how difficult it was for her –different culture, not knowing English, isolated from her family and how cold it was after she arrived in Canada in December.
Snowfluffies: Part of My Canadian Christmas Psyche
I’ve never lived anywhere else where there was no snow, no winter winds howling at all. I’ve always wanted the magic of snow for Christmas holidays. When living in Canada my whole life, it is possible to experience at least a day or whole week of December, Christmas month, with some snowfluffies for a memorable number of years. (However someone from Vancouver Island might challenge me on that claim. It’s more rain than snow.)
Christmas– Spiritual, But Also Sensory Experience
I would like to believe that a tropical palm tree Christmas, is the same sensory experience as strolling in the cold outdoors in awe of fairy evening snowfall and pure clean white snow blanketing streets and houses. The city street noises muffled as snow piles up and noise from cars and human activity fades as peace falls over the neighbourhood.
Here are my little Christmas haikus and wishes. They are both very different –one of joyous dancing frenzy, like a snowstorm and the other gliding into a peaceful, snowy twilight calm. May your Christmas and holidays carry you in lightness, peace and gratitude.
Snow -winter star dust
Float crystalline dreams earthward,
Twinkle step, leap up.
Snow stars, whirl ‘n twirl,
Jump dancin’, beboppin’ spin,
Inhale deep joy and peace.
Fast moving modern piano-cello duet. “Let it Go” for Disney’s Frozen. Music piece based on baroque, 16th century composer, Vivaldi’s Winter. Performed by The Piano Guys. A joyous shout to the world among snow and ice. Think of the different moods of snowfall –gentle, sometimes hard-driving. But always free.