By Neil Judson
Here on Vancouver Island, dreaming of a white Christmas ends right there -- as a chilling dream. Thank goodness! Have you seen the amount of snow our neighbours to the east are shovelling these days?
Living on, or visiting, Vancouver Island during winter is a true gift. And even though some of the traditional wintry cues are lacking, there are a few ways we can get in the holiday spirit… Island-style. Here are five ways to get you started.
1. Make your own Island holiday card
Contrasting a holiday theme with a mild Vancouver Island landscape makes for a uniquely festive photograph for a homemade card. It also adds a nice personalized touch and allows you to show off how beautiful your home (or vacation spot) is. Try writing a holiday greeting in the sand at Rathtrevor Beach, or hanging a few ornaments in an arbutus tree.
2. Make an ornament out of the Island
A stroll outside is like browsing a natural craft supply shop. A rainforest hike reveals pinecones, coniferous needles and bark. Beachcombing turns up seashells, driftwood, pebbles and sea glass of various beautiful colours. Get some exercise and then get creative! If you're particularly proud of one of your creations, why not make it a stocking stuffer?
3. Check out local artists
Enjoyed the walk but having trouble finding your creative muse? The Parksville-Qualicum Beach area is home to a wide community of artists and artisans. Luckily, December is a busy time for craft fairs, where you can peruse multiple forms of art and craft in one place. The Errington War Memorial Hall is hosting two Errington Christmas Craft Fair events Dec 7 and 14. The Coombs Country Christmas Craft Fair is also Dec 7 at the Coombs Fairgrounds. To learn more about Parksville-Qualicum Beach area artists and artisans, visit the British Columbia Travel Guide.