Hard to believe this is our second Christmas in Iqaluit. And while we’re definitely missing all of our friends and family back home in the south, we’re also pretty happy to be here at home. It’s amazing how quickly one can get used to the quiet and general serenity that seems to settle over this city at certain parts of the year. Christmas is no exception. With so many of our friends up here deciding that they’d head out-of-town for the holidays, there’s only a few of us left to hold down the fort. And that’s fine by us.
We were able to do some last-minute grocery shopping yesterday, and didn’t get trampled in NorthMart. I have it on good authority that it did get quite a bit busier after we had left, but still – it’s no comparison to trying to even manoeuvre through the city streets in Kitchener-Waterloo anywhere near Christmas Day. We even went to the post office to check one last time on our mail and drop off a Christmas card to Jordan and the rest of the staff there.
And by the way, we have had Christmas snow since October 1st. *snicker*
Needless to say, it’s been a relaxing Christmas. With no one to visit until after Boxing Day, Ian and I have been just taking it easy…phoning relatives (or just about to)…opening some gifts and hanging out with the cats. Who by the way, have likely eaten an entire bag of Christmas treats already.
We have several engagements to attend to this week…a Norwegian brunch at our friend’s place…a couple of potluck dinners…Christmas games…and then eventually, New Year’s Eve will creep up again. Haven’t heard anything about fireworks yet, so our plans are still up in the air.
In any case, we hope that all of our friends and family are enjoying as relaxing of a Christmas as you possibly can. We love you all and miss you dearly. Hope to talk to you all soon, and then see you sometime in the new year. Well, perhaps not the new new year…but you know…spring, summer-ish.
Safe travels to you…and Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night!
Our wee Christmas tree