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Winter Begins


Monday, December 21, 2015 at 8:49 PM Pacific Standard Time

That’s when the northern hemisphere is leaning the farthest away from the earth. After that, it will come back closer to the sun by tiny degrees. Officially it’s the beginning of winter, but to me, it means the worst is over and we are beginning the journey back from the darkness and heading for spring.

Monday will be the day with the least amount of daylight. The night before that (tomorrow night) will be the longest stretch of darkness. That’s okay. I can hibernate for one more night before getting all excited about adding a minute or two of daylight to each coming day.

This fall, it has been one wind/rainstorm after another here on Vancouver Island. But a few days ago, the wind switched to the northwest and the blast of Arctic air brought some of that moisture down in the shape of snowflakes.


With the newly fallen snow, it seems that the Christmas carols are now more festive and meaningful, although I always wondered why snow has this effect on us, since the original Christmas story took place in a desert and obviously it was warm enough there, because not even the wise men were wearing a parka.

I hope the snow stays up in the hills. I don’t need to go play in it or make angels in the snow. I’m happy enough to look at it from the warmth and comfort of my living room.




Author: wordsfromanneli

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25 thoughts on “Winter Begins

  1. Hi Anneli. Winter comes to Finland also, although it has been “warm”. There is outside snow where I live. Happy Sunday!

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  2. I look forward to the daylight getting longer too. Also to the snow that we get in January and February.

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  3. Transported. Happy Holidays Anneli

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  4. I’m with you, snow is so beautiful from the warm side of the window. I’ve heard that some blame Charles Dickens for our image of a white Christmas. Although London doesn’t often have them, either. 🙂

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  5. Your Vancouver Island mountains are gorgeous, Anneli. Rain is a pain. Snow is something I enjoy gently falling and then, a day later disappearing. If only. . .
    Merry Christmas to you and the Captain, as well as your family and dogs. ♡♡
    I hope the weather there follows your hopes and not its own will. 🙂

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  6. If only I could be in charge of the weather. We’d have rain in the summertime but mostly overnight so we could still have beautiful days, and the snow would only fall for short periods of time and not be deep enough to make life hard on the animals. It wouldn’t fall on the roads or sidewalks either.
    Merry Christmas to you, Robin. I hope you and your family have a cozy time over the holidays.

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  7. The view to “your” hills look beautiful. You will have to wait a little bit longer for more minutes of daylight than I do. But I am looking forward to this very much as well as the rest of us. There is no snow in sight for Christmas here so we have to do without. It will probably start to snow when we expect spring to come. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  8. Snow and Christmas go together because that’s what we grew up with. I’ve celebrated Christmas often in warm climates and it’s just not the same.

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  9. I am longing for the solstice and am in the midst of the deepest, darkest night as I write. Happy Christmas Anneli.

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  10. Another chilly beauty, Anneli!!! Merry and happy everything!!!

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  11. That’s so true about the original story, and wondering why snow makes Christmas feel more Christ-like. Perhaps it’s the serenity of it sparkling descent. I too, am looking forward to adding sunlight. There was so much more of it down in Florida and my body is trudging along trying to adjust. Beautiful photo.

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    • It’s funny how we’ve done these Nativity scenes in plays and concerts since childhood and never worried about the paradox of our snowy scenes vs. the desert scenes with the wise men riding on their camels. Oh well, it makes just as much sense as a fat man coming down a chimney and not getting stuck or burnt. We love it all just the same.

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  12. Merry Christmas to you, and enjoy your view. Believe it or not, we have no snow at the moment, so I could enjoy yours.

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    • That is hard to believe! No snow in Norway at Christmas!? Maybe it will still come. We got a big dump of slushy wet snow this afternoon. The ski hills have lots of snow. Merry Christmas to you, Bente. See you on the blog scene next year.


  13. Yes, the shortest day is coming , quiet long evenings to read good books and Anneli’s wonderful blogs.
    My favorite blog this year was her Thankful blog of all the gifts she has in her life that she is most grateful for and appreciative. Lots of head nodding and reminder to be thankful for our wonderful lives and friends and cherished family/pets. Snowflakes and photos have been lovely. Anneli. Birds are our interest too.
    Hope your feeders are well attended.
    We’re enjoying butterflys, crickets and mockingbirds.
    Merry Christmas! xox

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