Christmas in Canada
By Paul Milross (BA Hons Creative Writing)
Wow, it has been such a busy time since I last posted. The snow finally arrived on November 2nd, but disappeared about three weeks later, surprising all Canadians it seems. I think that at the moment, the UK has stolen all of Canada's snow. I hope that you are safe in this weather.
Halloween is celebrated big time here in Canada, but not as big as Christmas. It really is like living in a Winter Wonderland at the moment with all of the decorations and festivities going on. Santa has arrived at the local shopping mall to delight hundreds if not thousands of local children.
Language continues to fascinate me. Considering that Canada is an English speaking country it is amazing how the same language can differ. I was recently looking for a belt to hold up my trousers. On not successfully finding one i tried to find a pair of braces. I asked my homestay where I could buy them and she directed me to the dentist! Braces are called suspenders here apparently!!
The clock has gone back an hour and it really is dark early in the afternoon now. The sun is noticeably lower in the sky too, so much so, that on entering the school building last week I politely waited for the person to come through the door in front of me. I waited and waited . . . and waited . . . . and waited. My patience were beginning to be tested. In the end I thought that they were waiting for me so I just went through the door. It is fortunate that I did because it was actually my reflection in the glass that I was waiting for to come through the door!
There have been many funny incidents, but I will leave you with this one. Recently my homestay said that we were going to be visiting the Shuswap, which is a natural area of beauty near here. I was so excited as I thought I would be able to buy some winter boots ready for the arrival of the snow. I thought that she had said we were going to the Shoe Shop. It seems that my ears and my eyes both need testing.
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas so stay safe and well and have a successful, happy and healthy 2018.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyeux Noel, and I am trying to find out what it is in Secwempc - the language of the Aboriginal people of Kamloops. (I may have to tell you in my next ramblings).
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