Some Christmases are for real, especially those living in northern climates: some snow at home, fun irrelevance with all the decorations, even flat-out commercialization and special food treats.
Soft Falling Snow Feeds Dreams
Lush snowy drifts doesn’t pile on every Christmas in all parts of Canada. But when the snow does fall around Christmas, snowfluffy times feed more future dreams and longing for same magic for anyone.
I have teen memories of night snow falling gently and muffling distant traffic sounds, while we’re shovelling snow. Then going back into the warmth of a lit home, to lounge by the Christmas tree while some carol music was playing.
Only in the past decade and by coincidence, living in a city where there is an annual gingerbread tableaux competition, where we troop off to view the whimsical, sometimes wobbly creations. More manifestations of Christmas wishes and frivolity in miniature cookie dough characters set among hand-shaped landscapes with snow, ice, food and frolicking northern snow animals like reindeer, penguins and polar bears.
In some neighbourhoods, especially those who have money, even dogs get into the Christmas spirit with help from their adoring owners and pet store retailers: doggie tree decorations, dog winter parkas and dog food treats for the gift stocking.
Food Art and Fun
Admittedly, ever since I’ve known Jack, our Christmases are punctuated by some wonderful home and now increasingly store bought Christmas cake and kristollen. The latter is a desert German cake-like bread which includes almond paste (marzipan) and light dried fruit. It is not the British traditional heavier fruit cakes –more light and much drier in taste.
At this time of year, local pastry chef might ply dessert cake slices made with chestnut cream, liquor, wine or lovely glistening fruits such as raspberry or cherry.
I feel very fortunate to experience enough iconic winter snow Christmases and harmless frivolities that add to the magic, because I live in a peaceful northern country like Canada. I am blessed to have provided or shared some great Christmas dinners and food with people whom I love. Many past experiences are the stuff of dreams which we hope each of us can continue for future Christmas celebrations.
Merry Christmas. Joyeaux Noel!