Canadians do like to talk about the weather and I can see why. It is currently bleak. We have several days this week where the temperature will not rise above -20°C and will drop to around -30°C each night. Today we were warned that with the windchill the temperature was -39°C! I tried to head out for a swim this morning but the it took such a long time for the car to warm up (so the windows would defrost) I gave up. I did head out at lunch time after running the car for 15 minutes first. As soon as I stepped outside after my swim my damp hair froze stiff. I still find this amusing even after eight winters.
Most of our Christmas decorations are now packed away, as the tree will be put out for collection tonight. The wreaths on the front door and over the fire place will stay as long as they can survive. And the candles will continue to light our table and rooms until the daylight lasts much longer. The Christmas cards are not yet put away. The children and I reach for one each in the mornings when we have our devotions time. Each day we pray for one of the families or friends who sent us cards, a practice I started a few years back after reading the idea somewhere. I like to look at them a little longer and call to mind the dear friends who sent them.