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.

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17 thoughts on “White Christmas

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  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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