Friday Foto

snow, flurries, melting, winter wonderland, first snowfall, Kingston Kingston, OntarioLast Friday I put out a call for snow.  It’s not as though I miss spending hours on end shovelling the stuff, or dealing with people who forget how to drive after the first dusting, rather I need a bit of the white stuff in order to to complete my picture perfect image of Christmas.  As much as I love soaking up the sun and frolicking on the beach, I can’t envision myself spending the holidays in tropical destinations such as Florida, or Mexico.  Such climates are fine for winter getaways, but Christmas is best spent as close to the north pole as possible. Yes, Kingston is relatively close to the north pole when you compare it to Orlando and Cozumel.

Within the first week of December, the Christmas tree behind  City Hall is lit, select store owners are once again discounting with Santa Bucks, and the rink at Market Square is finally frozen.  Although some Kingstonians reported sightings earlier on in the week, this morning I awoke to a yard covered with little white frozen pellets, which disappeared to fast for me to classify them as snowflakes.  To be honest, I don’t know what to call them, but these miraculous little gems were enough to put a smile on my face, and motivate me to start drafting my Christmas shopping list.  Perhaps there is even some holiday baking on the horizon.

This weekend one lucky Kingstonist reader is on their way to see the Kingston Symphony perform the Nutcracker.  In case that’s a bit too festive or too much spandex for your liking, be sure to check out Reuben de Groot’s CD release party at the Mansion on Saturday, or the benefit show for Mojo Shooter the following day.  TGIF, and let there be snow!

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

2 thoughts on “Friday Foto

  • You must be quite pleased with today then! Highway 15 was a complete disaster with snow heading into Kingston this afternoon. I wonder why it always takes drivers a few snowfalls to remember that they aren’t invincible.

    I agree though, I couldn’t spend the holidays in a warm climate. There is something very magical about snow around Christmas.

  • @skevbo There were numerous accidents in and out of the city yesterday, but that’s really to be expected for the first few snow falls. Some forget how to drive, while others remember to put their snow tires on. In the end, real winter conditions make for picture perfect holidays, and nightmare conditions on the highway. I always hate to see wrecked vehicles buried in the snowdrifts on the side of the 401.

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