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It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas...

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"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..."

Our neighbour's house

Our new friend "Steve"

On Thursday night my friend Anne took me to the mall for some late night shopping and a Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte.   It was a cold night but we were toasty in our coats, huddled around our mugs of coffee. We chatted at our little table until closing time.  In fact, the barista very politely had to remind us that they were closing as she apologetically started to clean up our table.  I chuckled inside at the Canadian-ness of it.

When I stepped outside I instantly exclaimed, "Oh Anne!"  Beautiful soft white flakes fell from the sky and sparkled under the street lamps.  It wasn't yet sticking to the ground but when I got back to my parents' place and Paul was already tucked into bed, I decided not to wake up the kiddios.  Instead, I hoped there would be a pleasant surprise for them in the morning.

Sure enough, we were woken before 8 am with delightful exclamations of "it snowed!" and "it's still snowing!" and "it's so beautiful!"  It was truly a breath-taking sight.  A beautiful thing. I think Violet even went out the front door in her nightgown and bare feet to check it out.  Believe it or not, there was more commotion and excitement than on Christmas morning. Conscious of Grandpa still sleeping, I quickly jumped out of bed, opened all the blinds and told the kiddios that they could only go out once they'd got dressed and had a little bit of breakfast.  Fastest breakfast in the west!

Snowballs, snow fights, eating snow, catching snow on our tongues and building "Steve," our new friend.  I think God turned a gentle and loving look on us kiwis in Canadaland.  Just the right amount of snow to have some fun, but not enough to stop my Christmas shopping trip with my sister.  The snow is still there, but it is warming up so it may not be a white Christmas; however, snow a few days early will remain in our memories for a very long time. 

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