Blogmas day 8 – let it snow!

So, you see it on a lot of the Christmas card images and it’s featured in Christmas songs. Even though we don’t get it every year, it feels like part of Christmas!

What is it? Snow!

When the first flakes fall, there’s a flurry of activity on Facebook – people posting pictures of it and saying how much they enjoy it. Then you get one or two people who can’t understand the excitement and wish that it would just go away.

I have to say I’m in the first group. I love the stuff, but that’s probably something to do with the fact that I work from home now and don’t have to stand out on a cold train platform trying to find a train that will actually take me home amongst all the delays and cancellations.

How do you feel when it starts to snow? Do you join in the excitement and stare out of the window, or do you think of all the problems you’ll have because of it?

We don’t get so much here in the south of England, although I can think of at least two years since I’ve been living here that we had enough for me to build a huge snow dog on the table outside! Of course there was the story from yesterday when I got locked out in the snow, and there was a very snowy Christmas day when I was lucky to get a taxi home from my friend’s house. I understand that some people who don’t want to celebrate Christmas are happy to work on Christmas Day, but was particularly grateful to that taxi driver for being out in those horrible icy conditions.

My family moved to Yorkshire when I was 7, and we had a lot more snow there. The children waited for the first snowflakes and hoped that the school would close so that they could go home and play out in it. We built a huge snow lady one year (why should it always be a man?!) and my grandparents took a picture of our dog standing with her paws on its shoulders as though they were dancing together.

We don’t get as much as other European countries, but a little snow, and I’m talking a couple of cm, can bring the whole country to a stand-still because we’re just not used to it. I’ve seen people laughing about it on German TV, so I know our European neighbours must think we’re a bit inept – the problem is that we don’t have snow all the time, just a few days each winter, so we don’t invest in the infrastructure to deal with it. The main roads are gritted, but many of the smaller ones aren’t.

Whenever I could, I used to try to work from home on snowy days because walking with a guide dog in the snow has its own set of challenges. It’s maybe different in countries where there is a lot of snow and the dogs can train in it. Dogs are trained to stop at the kerb, but that’s not easy when they can’t see the kerb because it’s under the snow. And my dog didn’t understand why I didn’t want to do our usual power-walk to the station – after all, she had four legs and was better at staying upright! I love going for walks with friends in the snow, but it does dampen the sound, which makes things sound different if you’re relying on your sense of hearing to help you get around.

So, will you be happy if there’s a white Christmas this year? What do you like to do when it snows?

Christmas tree in Stockholm

The calendars

What did you find behind door no. 8?

L’Occitane – this is one of my favourite products from L’Occitane – it’s the comforting cream! It’s such a lovely face moisturiser. It’s light and it absorbs quickly, but it also provides a good amount of moisture and I really enjoyed using the full-size one I had earlier in the year. I was very happy to get some more.

M&S: Eyeko black magic mascara. I’ve never tried anything from this brand, so that’s cool, and neither have I tried a mascara in a tube! It’s always a bit weird when I try a mascara for the first time because I can’t see the brush and have to get used to a new length and shape each time. I do like this product – it goes on well and there is no clumping – but I’m fussy about brushes and I don’t like the curved ones. I would use this as a spare, but I wouldn’t buy this brand unless I found one without a curved brush.

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Author: englishwithkirsty

I provide customised, one-to-one English lessons for adults online. I am based in London and I work primarily with German speakers as I also speak German Fluently.

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