a shining welcome

shining welcome

I wanted to share some photos of the Christmas lights in our neighbourhood. The houses are so beautifully decorated, they just need a good snowfall to make the scene look more like Canada and less like Florida. Instead, I’ve chosen this photo, taken last year during a snow storm. This (to my mind)  is what a picture-perfect Christmas looks like, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year. We’ve had rain and wind during the night, and it looks like it will be another day before it blows over. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll have a few flakes before Christmas, but the temperatures this week are at the point where any snow could turn to rain (or vice versa).

Still, it could be a lot worse than rain on Christmas. It could be a lot of rain, like the 150 cm over 24 hours in southwestern New Brunswick last week that caused a river to overflow its banks, flooding 120 roads and damaging nearly 100 homes. It looked like Christmas would be ruined for many people this year, but for the amazing, generous and heartwarming response from local businesses, neighbouring communities and politicians who have collected funds and organized disaster relief, hosted dinners, offered temporary places to stay and distributed dehumidifiers and other supplies to those affected. With so much generosity, so much warmth, so much welcome, who needs snow?

Photo taken on December 9, 2009


8 thoughts on “a shining welcome

  1. It’s always nice to see the outpouring of generosity when it’s needed!!

    This is an absolute beautiful photo! The glow of the lights on the snow is “picture perfect”, and the clarity is wonderful!! I love it!!

    • Thanks, Holly!
      Yes, I love the way people really go the extra mile to help their neighbours. And perhaps their generosity is doubled by thankfulness for not being as badly affected by the flooding as other people.

  2. I love this photo too, but you make a very good point. It is heartwarming to see the outpouring of goodness in all this misery. With the surge this evening, it doesn’t look too good.

    • I’m glad to read that the storm wasn’t as bad as it might have been, Rebekah, although there was still a lot of damage along the east coast. And I think that, although it’s hard when people experience so much hardship and heartbreaking loss so close to Christmas, this situation has really helped to remind the rest of us what is truly important, and the stuff that isn’t!

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