Canada Waits For Christmas – December 4th

What Canadian cultural treasure will reveal itself first from behind the tiny cardboard door of the calendar today? Please let it be rock’n’roll…

It is! It is rock’n’roll! The Tragically Hip‘s song “Thompson Girl” from their most awesome album Phantom Power was released in 1998. According to Wikipedia, it won the 1999 Juno Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Album Design.

“Looks like Christmas at 55 degrees
This latitude weakens my knees, Thompson Girl”

And as a reference, here’s a map of the location of Thompson, Manitoba:

Next is a new book from Nova Scotia-born comedian Ron James called All Over the Map. I bought it for my dad for Christmas. (What are the chances he’s one of the six people reading this? Slim to none, I reckon. But if I’m wrong, “Surprise, Dad!”) I plan to purchase Mr. James’s book and read it on my tablet where I can make the print humongous and never have to switch on a reading lamp. (I am actually a fan of paper books, but there are benefits to ebooks, as well.)

This cover image is from

Finally, a sweet poem that perfectly encapsulates the beauty of winter in a few well-chosen words:

It’s winter in Canada
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.
Oh, how I love Canada
When the snow’s up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I’ll hang around
I could never leave Canada
I’m frozen to the friggin’ ground!


Unknown who wrote it; unsure why I’d share it. 🙂 I found this poem on Canadiana Connection on the interweb.

Take care and thanks for dropping by. – Lori

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