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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.

17 responses

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  2. some great textures amongst these Alexander

    March 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

  3. The box pine or topiary, we call it that here in the south, is awesome-looks like fireworks!

    February 28, 2014 at 7:31 am

  4. Happy Valentines Day!!

    February 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

  5. How picturesque the trees and shrubbery are with the layer of ice on them. I remember a winter in my childhood in Minnesota that was very similar. But it was unfortunate that so many had to be with electricity. We indeed are dependent on it. Happy New Year to you!

    January 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  6. António Marques

    Freezing… but beautiful.
    Have a real good 2014, Alexander!

    January 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    • Thank you Antonio. Wish you all the best in 2014!

      January 6, 2014 at 4:40 pm

  7. Lovely pictures, Alexander.
    Happy New Year,

    December 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  8. Yikes! It’s hard to imagine that cold, and without electricity to get warm, and to put your other attention to. I haven’t lived in any snowy area, and probably won’t ever. I’m fine visiting places with snows. 😀 It’s actually been awhile since. I hope the issues get solve soon. If I put myself in that situation, I’d probably go insane (not really, but close enough 😀 ). Lovely images, truly lovely. It’s very nice to photograph snows. But yeah, I do dread the shiver, and possibly breaking my camera from freezing the lens.

    December 31, 2013 at 2:44 am

  9. What an incredible storm you had. Glad that everything is returning to normal. Let’s hope the New Year treats you gently.

    December 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    • Thank you! Happy New Year! You already have met it.

      December 31, 2013 at 7:43 am

      • We have indeed and you will have too by now.

        January 1, 2014 at 8:30 am

  10. Ice is both beautiful and dangerous at the same time.
    Love the photos!

    December 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm

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