It’s a glorious, sunny Christmas Eve here in Victoria, BC, surrounded by the coastal waterways collectively known as the Salish Sea, after the Coast Salish people whose traditional territories are this region. Given the watery nature of my island home, and the fact that we seldom have snow, I thought Santa might like a change from his sleigh. Here is the good ship Yule Express (with a cargo of art, of course), drawn by Santa’s two Orca buddies, Splasher and Bubbles. Merry Christmas and a Joyous Yule!
Today, as I said, it’s sunny. Usually, however, it’s raining a lot around this time of year — has been all week, in fact! Here’s a ditty I wrote one Christmas when the rain was a bit more bountiful than usual. It’s sung to the tune of “Deck the Halls” (the Falalalala bit was probably a dead giveaway, eh?). If it’s raining where you are, here’s your song for the season — just change “West Coast” to wherever you are!
Soggy Season – by Karen Gillmore
‘Tis the season to be soggy, Fa la la la la, La la la la
My backyard is damp and boggy, Fa la la la la, La la la la
Don we now our rubber booties, Fa la la, La la la la la
Yellow Slickers, Bumbershooties*, Fa la la la la, La la la la
The West Coast has a lovely climate, Fa la la la la, La la la la
If you just know how to time it, Fa la la la la, La la la la
Summer, O! there’s none that’s better, Fa la la, La la la la la
Winter, though, there’s none that’s wetter, Fa la la la la, La la la la
In other lands the season’s white, Fa la la la la, La la la la
Santa’s sleigh can travel right, Fa la la la la, La la la la
Here the ground at best is mucky, Fa la la, La la la la la
A boat for Santa would be ducky, Fa la la la la, La la la la
*bumbershoot: a colloquial term for umbrella, probably coined in the 19th century as a portmanteau of the words umbrella and parachute. American in origin, it has become associated with British umbrellas, but has never been a Britishism.