This question is in the heart of my Xmas. It comes every year, even if I try to avoid it the best I can. I try to learn to be a positive, forward looking person but sometimes the doubts just get me. And so what, you might think. Many places in the world go through Xmas year after year and never see snow. But you see, this is at the heart of the dilemma. Those places generally get more sunny days per year than we do, and not only sunnier but warmer too. So what do we get? Even though I am a summer child (as you might have noticed on previous posts) I feel that if the Finns were planted at this northern reach of our globe then at least we should have snow at Xmas. Minimum requirement here.
Now if I was living in Lapland then this would not be an issue. In fact, they are already downhill skiing up north. But since I reside in the south, this issue of snow at Xmas is what defines my winters. At least so far we always get snow during the winter. And since that is a given my point is that I think we are due some also for Xmas. What good is it if it comes after New Years? J
Most of the time south of Finland is a wonderful winter wonderland during Xmas. And mind you, I am not asking meter after meter of snow, just so that we have a total cover on the ground. But, and here is the catch: there have been Xmas Days when the ground is void of the white blanket and rain instead of snow comes down.
You have to understand Finland in December to truly appreciate this problem. This land that in the summer time has constant light night and day, finds itself in near constant darkness. Well, at least it is dark when I go to work and it is again dark when I get off from work. During the day time sun may come out on some days but there are years when those days are counted with one hand. So you might now see why this question of snow is really, really important, regardless of the fact that I am a summer child at heart. The sunny days come back in January and February and their light dancing on the snow is another post altogether.
So, do I have any predictions this year? Well, first snow came down October 13th. Hm.. I know you had to hit the right place at the right time (the 2 minutes of it) to see it actually falling down but it did come. The ground was not totally covered in snow but there clearly were snowy patches on the grass. After a few days all of it melted away. After that the weather was so warm that all that little try at snow melted away. But for a couple of weeks now we have had a genuine November winter wonderland. Freezing weather and a little snow fall to cover the ground. So we look set. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
“What do I wish for Xmas? Well douh.. SNOW. And let it snow world over once it starts. “