No-Snow Christmas

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Which of the following options applies to you?

  • I’m suitably merry. Booze helped.
  • I’m merry by nature. Except during the holidays.
  • I work retail and I’m thinking of calling in sick for Boxing Day.
  • I don’t celebrate Christmas but thanks for the day off anyway.
  • I’ll let you know how I feel once the extended family has left.
  • I’m singing Christmas songs to myself and I can’t believe this magical time of the year will be over soon.
  • Ate too much. Can’t think. Food coma.
  • I’m an elf and I’m considering unionizing. Enough is enough!
  • Why no snow? I want a refund on my Christmas fantasy!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

It’s a very unusual Christmas here—we have no snow and as I’m writing this, on the 24th, it’s 17°C outside. No kidding.

On the 23rd, temperatures were mild as well and it was very foggy. I went for a long walk just because I could (it’s rarely warm enough to spend time outside in December!) and because I found the foggy weather very intriguing.

Here are the shots I gathered that day, from the eerie Experimental Farm to Parliament Hill in the fog, from the busy Rideau Centre to the Byward Market.

For more pictures of this unusual weather, head to Flickr!

Foggy and Rainy

Foggy and Rainy

Foggy and Rainy in our Neighbourhood

Foggy and Rainy in our Neighbourhood

Bus Stop

Bus Stop

Bank Street, Downtown Ottawa

Bank Street, Downtown Ottawa

Bank Street, Downtown Ottawa

Bank Street, Downtown Ottawa

Parliament Hill in the Fog

Parliament Hill in the Fog

Parliament Hill in the Fog

Parliament Hill in the Fog

National War Memorial

National War Memorial

The Locks and the Ottawa River

The Locks and the Ottawa River

Tim Hortons Cup on Rideau Street

Tim Hortons Cup on Rideau Street

Byward Market

Byward Market

Byward Market

Byward Market

Byward Market

Byward Market

Byward Market

Byward Market

Byward Market

Byward Market

Rideau Centre

Rideau Centre

Rideau Centre

Rideau Centre

Ottawa's Business District in the Fog

Ottawa’s Business District in the Fog

Ottawa's Business District in the Fog

Ottawa’s Business District in the Fog

Wet Christmas

Wet Christmas

Wet Christmas

Wet Christmas

Shoppers on Bank Street

Shoppers on Bank Street

Little Italy

Little Italy

Little Italy

Little Italy

Little Italy

Little Italy

The Experimental Farm

The Experimental Farm

The Experimental Farm

The Experimental Farm

The Experimental Farm

The Experimental Farm

The Experimental Farm

The Experimental Farm

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

13 Comments

  1. Martin Penwald on

    East of a line going from Dallas to Chicago, it is warmer than usual (in Buffalo, NY, the last time they don’t have noticeable snow in december was in 1889). West of this line, it is ok, I had -18° yesterday all way long from Medicine Hat to Edmonton.
    Picking the correct one in the list is tricky. I hesitate between 2) and 8).

    And Canadian are shopping addicted : lot of stores were closed yesterday, and today, I’ve just seen the biggest line up south of Edmonton I’ve ever seen in the area. Seriously, people, can’t you stay away of shopping a few days? Ridiculous.

    And in the spirit of point 8 : http://www.bouletcorp.com/2012/12/30/miniconte-de-noel/

  2. It was -29C this morning in Regina and we have about 2 inches of snow, so it feels like a true Christmas. We didn’t have any snow for Christmas in 97 which I think was the last El Nino.

    The gas froze in my car so I had to put gasliine antifreeze in the tank to make it run. I don’t consider it to be really cold unti it gets around -40C. We haven’t had -45C since 95. It was kind of fun throwing water in the air watching it freeze before it hit the ground. Also, I tried to straighten my extension cord and all the plastic coating shattered off it just leaving the bare wires. They say there is no such thing as cold weather, only inappropriate clothing. By this reasoning, it is probably pretty nice at the Sea of Tranquility, if you have a spacesuit.

    It is pretty cool to have fog for Christmas. Great photos! I have seen a lot of Canada but I still want to see Ottawa, the North and the Maritimes.

    Happy New Year!

    Bonne Année et Bonne Santé!

  3. Funny!

    I just noticed that you said that you stayed home because of bozing day. Was that intentional, a typo or a Freudian slip. It is a good idea. Stay home and get drunk instead of lining up to buy more stuff that you don’t need. You would save money and have a better time.

    • 😆 Didn’t notice! I can’t even remember the last time I drank alcohol (not my poison), so I was mostly definitely not drunk. Meh, I’ll leave it, it’s a fun typo!

  4. Just catching up on my blog reading now from the holidays – just wanted to chime in and say I love this set! The Parliament Hill ones are my favourites.

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