Yes, so much of it is to those who live in another hemisphere.
The glamorous images on snowy Christmas cards are not what it’s all about, believe me.
And, yes, truthfully the stunning silence as the snow falls still amazes me.
During the night it is soft, quiet and so peaceful.
You wake to a white glow around the curtains, not like daybreak at all.
If you’re lucky!
Snow can start at any time!
The warmth you feel inside you, watching a laughing little girl in a wooly hat and gloves on a Christmas card, is the same as …………
Melissa with her tongue out, running around trying to eat snow as it falls!
And these are snuggly, warm and colourful in a different sort of way. I suppose.
Christmas songs ringing out in every shopping mall. Amazing shop windows!
Then there’s the mulled wine experience in the local pub that warms you from within on a cold winter’s night.
Or alternately chilling your wine at minus tempretures in the sunshine before Christmas lunch.
Witnessing the switching on of the village lights in a darkened high street weeks before Christmas; ten, nine, eight, seven, six……, still gives me a lump in my throat as I watch the expectant faces of the little ones, even after 15 Christmas’s.
Oh yes, it is different and unique.
By all means join us this year, Penny!
We cannot promise snow!
But if not, there is still a certain amount of joy and warmth you can feel from afar for those of you lucky enough to read my wintery Christmas entry and share these images from the past.