Spending Christmas in a Temperate Climate

by torontogirlwest on December 9, 2012

Although, I was born in Latin America, I most closely associate Christmas with the wintry chill of Toronto or the Rockies.

To me, gently falling snowflakes, the warmth of a fireplace, cozy sweaters, and frost on the window, are the epitome of yule time. Which is why this year I’m finding it somewhat difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. Because aside from the times when I was just passing through, this marks my very first Christmas (since I was 7) living in a temperate climate.

Please don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Vancouver! But my brain is having a hard time reconciling the relatively mild rainy weather with Christmas. So much so that we have yet to purchase a Christmas tree!

For shame right? Which is why tomorrow night, the Husband and I will buy a tree and get started with some merry making! After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!

A little child decorating a Christmas tree

Christmas Dog

Letters for Santa

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

A Couple Picking a Tree

C'est Noel

For Unto You is Born this Day

A Christmas Porch

San Francisco City Hall Christmas

Note: Links to the original images with credits can be found on my Pinterest account


Question: Do you have any recommendations for getting into the Christmas mood? Is there one tradition that always serves to remind you that Christmas is actually here?

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Marianne December 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Christmas in Vancouver isn’t so bad – there’s still enough chill in the air (especially when you factor in the dampness) for all of the cozy sweaters, fireplaces, and whatnot. You get used to it. Plus if it does snow on Christmas, it feels even more special :)
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torontogirlwest December 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

I think you’re right – you have to learn to enjoy the snow when it comes! Ditto for the sun in winter! :P


Samantha Angela December 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

If it makes you feel any better December has been warm and rainy here in Windsor too, so you’re not missing much.
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torontogirlwest December 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

lol That does make me feel better! ;)


Siobhan McCarthy.ca December 10, 2012 at 5:29 am

Once I get into the full swing of putting up my Christmas tree, decorations, shopping and mailing out Christmas cards, then I feel like Christmas is here. And then of course I watch Elf and make myself delicious hot chocolate.
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torontogirlwest December 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

We watched Elf for the first time this year – while putting up the tree! It was hilarious!!!!! :P


Helene @healthyfrenchie December 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

I have to admit that I feel lucky wince moving to the ROckies. We are pretty much garanteed a white Christmas! But I’m sure once you get a tree and get in the spirit you’ll feel no different :)


torontogirlwest December 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

You were right – the tree made a huge difference! And when we celebrated our Christmas in Vancouver, it truly did feel special!!!!


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