shrekxmas.jpgYesterday, we had six foot snowbanks. Today, it’s pouring rain. On my first weekend of the two-week Christmas break I’m watching those grand piles of white stuff dwindle down to nothing while baking gluten-free shortbread and listening to Nat King Cole sing seasonal classics.

This weather is supposed to go on all day, long enough to erase any hope for a white Christmas. With the fall we’ve had – snow crazy enough to strand J. and I in Scarborough last weekend because our car couldn’t handle the two feet of unplowed snow blanketing the roads, for instance – everyone expected Santa wouldn’t have any trouble ‘dashing through the snow.’

Good joke, Global Warming.

If you’re the kind of person to say ‘rain, be damned!’, want to get back in the Christmas spirit, and are in Toronto, here’s your chance. CBC News at Six has posted a handy guide to over-the-top “holiday homes”, including address of residences from Burlington to downtown Toronto that are racking up their hydro bills for the sake of seasonal glitter (and, in some cases, charitable causes). Unknown Toronto also offers a few good suggestions for gazing at the annual glitz.

Rain on the windshield might blur the colours a bit, but it’s a good opportunity to actually earn that evening eggnog and rum.

Merry Christmas, everyone!