Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas ... Joyeux Noël ... Nollaig Shona Daoibh ...God Jul ... Buon Natale ... Feliz Navidad!

Back in the 1940s my father would often brighten up the Christmas table by making a Yule log
as a centrepiece ....... much to my Mom's delight. He would take a 16 to 18-inch length of silver birch , bore a hole with his old brace and bit , insert any one of the many red candles in Mom's collection .... tack on a few evergreen sprigs , add a red bow here and there ... et voilà ! I started making them myself back in the 1970s when I was living just north of Québec City and would often give them to friends at Christmas time .... a gift with a personal touch. Below is a batch of my logs from 2007 , a year before I moved back home to Saint John , most of which were not yet finished when the photo was taken.

I would like to take this occasion to wish the merriest and holiest of Christmasses to all my readers , whosoever you be , wheresoever you may hang your hat ( we can't all be lucky enough to hang it in Pokiok!) and whencesoever you come , and may you wax healthier , wealthier and wiser during the upcoming year than was your lot in 2010.
À mes amis francophones .... acadiens , québecois , franco-canadiens .... ou français tout court ou wallons , etc ... je vous souhaite un très Joyeux Noël et une bonne et heureuse année 2011 ...... pleine de bonnes surprises seulement .... une excellente santé et le paradis ... pas tout de suite ..mais à la fin de vos jours!


  1. Sylvia Johnston SpencerDecember 23, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Thank you, again, for all your wonderful postings this year. I always look forward to them "popping up" when I log on.
    I wish you a truly blessed Christmas, a holy Christmas, a happy Christmas. The way they were can still be, should be, in our Christmas spirit that we extend to everyone. Mac and Josie, Agnes and Stan, Hazel and many others from Pokiok taught us well and we have carried their lessons and love for these many years.
    Let's raise our glasses and toast them as we
    celebrate over the next few days.
    Have a wonderful Christmas time, Gerry and Rebecca and all that read your blog.

  2. Thank you so much , Sylvia ... my most faithful reader. I am so glad to see you back here as I thought you might have been carried off by the flooding or mudslides of the last two weeks. Yes , Sylvia ... our parents and neighbours passed along to us or instilled in us many time-honoured values that we carry with us today .... and yes , we , Rebekah and I , raise our glasses and toast them all. Here's warmly wishing you and your entire family the holiest and merriest of all Christmasses .... and a goldmine 2011 of health , wealth and happiness. Thanks for encouraging these old bones.....

  3. Sylvia Johnston SpencerDecember 26, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    No, I was not carried away...we really have not had any major disruptions except for a power outage for close to two days. We bought a generator last year so now we feel more secure.
    I was just busy preparing for Christmas. When school is out, I care for my grandkids in Kentville (5, 8 and 11)no problems at all with them so it is a joy to spend any time I can with them. They are a busy family!!!
    Sorry, I spelled Rebekah's name incorrectly in my last posting. It is a pretty way to spell it, but I bet I am not the first to make the error. :)
    We did have a wonderful Christmas. My two oldest grandchildren came to the children's Mass with me at 5 on Christmas Eve. The church in Kentville has a pageant with an infant, not a doll, and it is so meaningful to them especially where most kids today or so connected with the many forms of technology. It made my Christmas!!
    Hope you, too, have a goldmine 2011 of health, wealth and happiness, especially good health.
    I really do not think you need much encouragement. I bet lots of people enjoy reading your thoughts as much as I do. I, too, wish they would acknowledge you but, Gerry, do not stop. I really would miss you.

  4. Hi Sylvia,
    I am so happy to hear that you weathered well the storms that have ravaged the Maritimes of late. I feel so bad for those folks whose homes were flooded.... my home just north of Quebec City in the ski area sat right beside a fairylike babbling brook ... which in the Spring became a raging torrent .. and flooded my basement regularly. What a mess !!
    What joy it must have been for you to spend quality time with your grandchildren... and they're so near you too in Kentville!My two sons are still in Quebec and Kevin was supposed to come but decided to come at a later date sooo Rebekah and I and McDuff , our cat , spent a very quiet Christmas .... even went for a drive up to Chapel Grove ... and couldn´t find any snow anywhere on Christmas Day .. not even with a magnifing glass ! ... a far cry from white Christmasses in Quebec.
    So once again , dear Sylvia, we send you our warmest wishes for a positive and productive 2011 .. one full of joy and happiness.