White Christmas

Blairmore Gazebo

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. The festive season is upon us, including right here in Crowsnest Pass. For a while, it appeared as if we were going to have a “brown” Christmas – one without snow on the ground. They are rare and I can’t say when we last experienced this, but I remember living through one or two of them years ago while residing in the prairie flatlands east of here.

Christmas without snow would be like mornings without coffee, movies without popcorn, summer without fishing, Batman without Robin. Christmas is just not the same unless you have snow – period. You are forgiven for not having snow on your Christmas wish list if you live in a place that does not usually have some of the white stuff covering the ground or falling from the sky on or around December 25th.

Things were looking bleak a week or two ago. We received a couple of feet of snow in early November but since then it has been unseasonably warm. Warm temperatures and snow are not a good combination if you want the snow to last. Almost all the snow covering the Crowsnest valley floor melted over the past few weeks. Good news arrived yesterday morning, with the announcement of a Pacific low-pressure system, laden with heavy snow, heading our way. Winter storm warnings were issued, with amounts of 25 to 40 cm expected. We are going to have a White Christmas after all!

The only downside to receiving all this snow is the fact it has to be cleared from driveways, sidewalks, lanes, steps, … etc. Unless you have a gas or electric powered snow thrower, this generally involves a lot of manual labor, using snow shovels, scoops and anything else that can move snow. Sometimes, you have to be careful what you wish for. You just might get it!

Merry Christmas and may all your wishes come true!


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  1. Terry Maurer December 20, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

    Vic :

    Merry Christmas to you & Carol !

    Here, if we get a White Christmas, it’ll be barely … warm and unseasonable has been the winter to date.

    Stay warm & safe and I’ll see you in the summer.

    Oh, nice pieces, the last two especially.


    • Vic Bergman December 21, 2017 at 5:43 am #

      Hi Terry,

      It’s been unseasonably warm here too, but things have cooled down and we got a good dump of snow on Tuesday. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Looking forward to seeing you in the summer. Take care.

  2. Diane Kay December 20, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi Vic. I’m one of those people who can’t imagine a White Christmas. Our Christmas last year was a record at 46’C. This year we are spending it in Queensland with our daughter. It will be about 34’C but more humid than I would like. I would love to experience a white Christmas but it is highly unlikely. However this year we will be able to remember the beauty of it snowing whilst we were in Lake Louise. Len complained last week about having to cut the lawns almost every week at the moment. I told him there was probably more work if we lived in the snow and he had to clear a path every day. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2018.

    • Vic Bergman December 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Diane,

      I’ve yet to experience the type of Christmas you enjoy in your part of the world. A white Christmas can be very beautiful, but it can be really cold too. Once Christmas is over, I’ll be waiting for spring to arrive. Then I can put the snow shovel away and bring out my lawn mower. Thanks once again for your lovely calendar. The photos make me want to visit Australia. All the best to you and Len in the coming year!

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