Christmas is best served up cold

Adversity (ie. crummy cold weather) throws us together; hot and sweaty is best spent on the beach.

The only good thing about it being December now is that in less than three weeks, the days will start to grow longer, and in less than a month it’ll be January and we can all start to talk about Spring again!

I used to wonder where the days went. Now I wonder where the months went! Where did the summer go? Oh right, home renovations. Wishing that time would “fast forward” is a very bad habit.

It’s hard not to want this horrible cold weather to be over and done with, but not at the expense of all the wonderful Christmas activities that are coming our way.

Thankfully, most of them are being held indoors where we can be warm and happy.

We certainly have a lot of volunteers in our communities. There aren’t too many people I see in Cache Creek and Ashcroft who I don’t see volunteering at least once in a while.

It’s easy to complain that there aren’t enough volunteers, but people will choose what they wish to volunteer for. We actually have a lot of volunteer-based activities.

All of our sports – hockey, soccer, tennis, etc., are all run by volunteers for the benefit of others. Much of our musical and theatrical entertainment is co-ordinated by volunteers, and most of it is free at this time of the year. In fact, it’s wonderful to see how many talented musicians we have in our area who offer that talent for free – musicians with instruments, musicians with handbells, musicians who simply – and beautifully – sing.

I wouldn’t want to miss any of that in the coming weeks just because being cold makes me miserable.

It’s ironic that it is the nasty cold that defines the northern part of the province. It is also what make the people who live there both self-sufficient and friendly.

Even though we have to endure far fewer months of frigid temperatures down here in the South Thompson, it is still during the coldest months of the year that we come together as friends and neighbours to celebrate Christmas and New Years.

So, let’s not waste time by wishing for Spring just yet. Let’s enjoy every moment of the season, as friends and neighbours.

Wendy Coomber is editor of the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal