Monday, December 25, 2006

A Northern Christmas















The sun starts to tinge the sky around 8:00 AM, although today, Christmas Day, it won't fully push through night's gloom until half past nine. That's the official sunrise, but in our small corner of town, we never really get to see the sun since the hills block it out as it transits low across the horizon, too low to get above the ridge line of ancient pre-Cambrian rock flanking us to the south and west.

But it has all the makings of a glorious day: cloudless, windless and a bearable (pardon the pun) minus 16 C.

It has been far too long since I last posted here, and to get back into the swing of things, I propose to give you (probably the singular you of my readership who is left) a taste of what Christmas is like about 300 kilometers north of the treeline in Arctic Quebec. A word of advice, though. Christmas in Nunavik is a period, not a day. And while it starts on December 25th, Christmas ends well after New Years, with an innumerable amount of church services, feasts, radio broadcasts and games (both indoor and out). So by posting quite regularly over the next 12 days or so, I hope to involve you, albeit vicariously, in my Christmas experience.

Merry Christmas!

Your faithful Nanuk

7 Comments:

Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Merry Christmas!!! Have fun at the reindeer games!

10:48 AM  
Blogger Fuff said...

Hurrah! Happy Christmas Nanuk!

10:51 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Merry Christmas Nanuk! :) The Rabbit and I are very happy you're back...

11:14 AM  
Blogger The Wrath of Dawn said...

Nanuk is BACK!

Hallelujah!

11:23 AM  
Blogger DutchBitch said...

Hey Babe!!! SOOOO glad you are back!!!

Merry Christmas!

Mwah!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Eternally Curious said...

Whew...Nanuk is OK!!!
Merry, merry Christmas Nanuk!

3:45 PM  
Blogger marty said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours Nanuk.

Glad you are well.

8:36 PM  

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