White Christmas

Christmas is the main and most picturesque holiday of the year. A lot of people are waiting for that dreamy time with anticipation. It is a magic time with beautiful Christmas Trees, Santa Clause Parade, wonderful decorations everywhere, Christmas songs and carols. People are excited with the Christmas shopping to make gifts for their families, kids and loves. Everybody dreams of a White Christmas like in Irving Berlin song. But sometimes unexpected events overshadow that lovely holiday.

Candles of Blackout

On the night of December 22 in Toronto freezing rain broke Christmas plans for many people. In a few hours trees and bushes covered with a thick crust of ice. Electrical lines and wires could not carry so heavy weight and start to brake. Trees fell down. City and Province of Ontario dived into the darkness. In the morning about 350 thousand people did not have power at their houses.

In everyday life we do not realize how we are dependent of electricity. If it happens to lose it there is a terrible sense of discomfort. But when it goes on for long hours and days the sense of feeling discomfort turn into disaster. In the wintertime that situation is getting worse because of lack of heat. And finally short and gloomy winter daylight drives people in state of depression. Such feelings were observed during the Christmas period in many places of Toronto.

Fortunately, not the entire city was in darkness, and people could move to their relatives, friends, and acquaintances.

City and provincial authorities and services actively worked on troubleshooting, but the damages were huge and many people did not have power until December 29. Even today, December 30, the day of publication of that post, about two and a half thousand people remain without electricity.

Ice on the Window

 

Ice crust on the tree

 

Icy bouquet

 

Icicles on the Fence

 

Frozen Tears

 

Christmas tree decoration

 

But the world around looked beautiful. Crystals on the trees and bushes were magic. When a few days later the sun came out everything was shine and sparkling.

Snow whirled and fluttered in the air and laid over the frozen ground.

Ice on Grenadier Pond

 

Winter skating

 

Winter Street in Toronto

 

Christmas tree and Snowmen

Over the past few years White Christmas came to Toronto for the first time.

Advertisements

Merry Christmas!

С Рождеством!

A little bit of Christmas

Yesterday was frosty day with heavy snow. Blizzard raged full day long. In one day city was covered with white coverlet. Through the window everything looked black and white. Frost decorated windows with beautiful drawing. Unlike that home Christmas decoration is warm and colourful.Frost drwaingSanta Claus BallCeiling Christmas LightFrosty winter windowCarol book Fragment of LightLight star on the windowFrost on the glassDecoration for ChristmasLight reflection in the window

Cavalcade of Lights

Philips Square in Toronto

That was lovely tradition in Toronto to have Cavalcade of Lights for four weekends prior Christmas. Unfortunately, for few last years that event takes place only once by the Holiday season. Toronto people love that picturesque show and Phillips Square where that happen usually full of citizens and guests of the city. The Firework firing from the roof of the City Hall an all building is under the fire and smoke. Sounds of Firework and Music from the stage at the feet of building, people wowing, applauding and laughing everywhere create excitement and even ecstatic in this whole organism. With the last volley it gains its highest level. Suddenly everything comes down like nothing happened few minutes ago. It is saddest moment of the event. Another year has to pass  to get that half an hour emotional energy charge.

Firework in TorontoWhite light on City HallFire in the SkyBlue Light on the SkyCity Hall on Philips SquareRed LightsCity Hall Square Cavalcade of Lights-9Toronto before Christmas

Farewell to Autumn

December already came. It is winter in the calendar although the official winter in Canada is going to come on December 20. We had already in Toronto and area snowstorm and frost but it is like a reminder from the nature that we have to be ready for the real one.

This is why we have to say final good bye to Autumn and celebrate its last  warm and sunny days. It is hard to believe we had that kind of day just couple weeks ago.

People enjoy themselves with the last sunny and warm weekend. On the bank of Lake Ontario there are a lot of cozy places to relax and rest of the weekly routine.

Elder coupleSunny November afternoonLazy afternoonNovember siestaYoung people in the cityToronto Water Front

However some places are empty and ready to be closed.
Cafe is waiting for peopleThe leaves flame is still full of energy but it is over for this year. Colourful picture