Snows came, went, came, rinse, repeat, came once more…

Well, the snows came early…then left…then came…then left…then came once more. Then Christmas hit the stores, in some places before Hallowe’en – a pet peeve of mine and my eldest daughter. One of the pop radio stations switched to its Christmas music playlist just after Remembrance Day. Sigh.

I love Christmas as much as the next person, maybe more. But I kinda like Christmas to be, well Christmas. I mean it should be a special season. I have always felt that it’s special because it’s a limited period of time, usually starting with the first Sunday in Advent. It’s only then that I break out the decorations and the music and enjoy the heck out of them until the 25th. I love the familiar carols and even some of the newer music. I love the lights. Our family will be touring neighbourhoods and visiting the City Hall Tree and the Leg lights and probably Devon as well. I love the anticipation implied in the thought of Advent. The cooking the baking, the church services…I love them all.

But when the 25th is done, then I’m done. It’s time to relax, listen to something different, enjoy a few quiet days, celebrate the New Year and then restart life.

So in a week or two I will start thinking about Christmas, but until then I will ignore the displays, the ads and the music in finest Grinch-like tradition! Harrumph!

Happy holiday season, all

See you in church


Religion on Tap

Religion on Tap is our monthly social/theological chat. It will be Tuesday, December 18th at 7 p.m. at Metro Billiards, 10250 106 Street at 7 p.m. These are informal gatherings where we socialize 9 anywhere from 3 to about 15 people) and have a religiously themed discussion that runs from 5 minutes to an hour depending on interest. Brian Kiely leads and all are welcome. Everyone (over 18) is welcome.