December, the time of darkness and light. With the shortest day of the year just passed, and an early blanket of snow covering the landscape, it’s tempting to think of flying off to some sunny haven. But in the dark of December there is also some light, and here in Toronto, it helps to keep us warm.
Last year I shared some photos of the Christmas market at the Distillery District. It’s now such a success that people line up around the block to get in (though that may have something to do with tighter security after the sad event in Berlin). But not to worry: it seems that this year, Toronto has gone Christmas market crazy. There are Christmas markets all over town, from Union Station to City Hall to the trendy Yorkville district.
Not all are as successful as the Distillery District, but it’s a comfort to see the colour and light as you walk through the downtown on a dark December night. The department stores pitch in, as well, with decorations and fanciful window scenes: this year the Bay left behind its usual Yuletide themes for magical woodland scenes. And the Eaton Centre has erected the biggest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen, twinkling with thousands of glowing lights.
But to me, the most enjoyable Christmas scene is the skaters swirling around the outdoor rink at City Hall, in front of the multicoloured “TORONTO” sign. With the lights of the City Hall Christmas tree twinkling in the background and some snow falling softly on the skaters’ shoulders, it’s a sight that warms the soul, even on a frosty night.
When January comes, I’ll still be looking for a spot in the sun to sit out some of the winter gloom — and so, likely, will you. But here in the darkness of December, I find enough comfort in the bright lights and warm feelings of the Christmas season to ward off the chill, at least until they sing Auld Lang Syne.
So merry Christmas to you all, and thanks for following The Travelling Boomer. I hope you have a great holiday season, whatever your religion (or lack of). And to help you get in the spirit, here are a few sights of the season here in the northland.