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White Christmas

I spent much of the day staring out the window.

It wasn't for lack of good company, presents, or feasting. It wasn't for the local firework displays, scattering their light in showers and cascades. It wasn't even because it snowed during the afternoon, big flakes large enough that a sprinkling makes for a fair amount of white thinly spread over the winter landscape, a very rare phenomenon on Christmas Day in these parts.

It was because today, it hailed most of the day, off and on.

I find hail magical. Little gems of layered ice have been cycled around up in the clouds for quite a while before they've formed, before they can fall and bounce and scatter. Long before the day offered up snow, it had already coated the ground in a thick, white layer of fine hailstorms before they melted again. It stuck to the smooth, cool surfaces of cars the longest. They looked as though snow had fallen long before it had.

Now the fireworks are shimmering through a haze of bare tree branches, a block or three down the road, illuminating the snow, the midwinter, Christmas, and underneath it all, a thin remaining layer of hailstones.

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wakarusa
Dec. 27th, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
hail is a visual gift from the universe. And appreciated most with the car in the garage.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 29th, 2004 05:22 am (UTC)
White Christmas in Toronto
Christmas here was postcard perfect. On the 23rd it started
snowing, big fluffy white flakes. Then there was a dash, just
a dash mind you, of freezing rain and then the temperature
plunged as a cold front moved in to give us a clear blue sky on
Christmas day.

The result was a gleaming white landscape where everything was
covered in a thin layer of clear ice. Every twig and branch of
every tree and every piece of scrub were individually encased in
their very own sheath. The sun set on a forest of glass.

Best of all, it wasn't enough ice to damage anything or even bow
the trees over.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 29th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: White Christmas in Toronto
Oops, forgot to sign that.

/Don
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