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I used to dread snow days when I was a school principal. Will staff get to school safely? Will the parking lot be cleared? Will the school be warm? Will somebody lose an eye from an errant snowball? So many real and imagined worries.

But not Christmas storms – I loved the snowfalls that came during the holidays. They were great excuses to keep the car in the garage, cuddle up with a coffee by the fire, read a book from under the Christmas tree and complete our annual family jigsaw puzzle.

Don’t you feel the same way? Sometimes we need a big storm to slow our pace, and help us appreciate the simple blessings that surround us. Wrapped up in a spirit of giving, surrounded by friends and family, safe and warm, Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year. Deep snow makes it even better.

My wish is that you experience one beautiful, awe-inspiring storm this winter… from inside the warmth and security of your kitchen window. But let’s not be stupid, one storm is probably enough!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Gerry Tiede
President, BCRTA