Can you believe how close we are to Christmas now? It's time for all sorts of Christmas things, like last minute gift buying (books are always a great idea!), baking, or in the case of my house, the never-ending game of put the ornaments back on the tree after my toddler takes them all off. Again.
I'm super happy to be part of the Mistletoe Blog Hop this year. I don't have a holiday book to promote but for those of you who don't know me, I am incredibly passionate about this place I call home. I set all of my books in Newfoundland, and I love to take every chance I can to introduce readers to some of our ways and customs. For this post, I'm going to share with you my top five reasons why there's no better place to celebrate Christmas! So let's go.
Top 5 Reasons Why Newfoundland Rocks Christmas
Imagine a place where you can put your clothes on backwards, pull a pillowcase or sack over your face, and go around knocking on your neighbour's doors in hopes of being invited in to dance, and drink and eat! This is mummering in Newfoundland. It's mostly popular in the rural parts of the province where your neighbours tend to be family, but there's a huge mummering parade that happens in St. John's, our capital city, every year as well. Take a moment and check out this video from the '80s all about it!
2. A Huge Sense of Family
There's about a half a million people that live in Newfoundland. But there are hundreds of thousands more that have moved away. As many as possibly can come home for Christmas. The feeling of happiness permeates the air, and there's just a general sense of love and joy and merrymaking everywhere you look.
3. Tibbs Eve
If you like alcohol, Tibbs Eve is for you. Local folklore has it that it was taboo to drink during Advent, and Tibbs Eve (also known as Tippy Eve) emerged as an appropriate time to have a drink. It falls on December 23, the eve of Christmas Eve. I'm not saying everyone around here likes to drink. That's not true, and it is a terrible stereotype of Newfoundland. But for those who do like to make merry, Tibbs Eve is a great excuse to start your Christmas partying a little earlier.
4. The 12 days of Christmas
We love us some Old Christmas Day here in Newfoundland. There are still many people, my mother included, who refuse to take down their trees until after January 6th. Christmas isn't a day here, it's an event. Doing things "over Christmas" goes well into the New Year.
5. The potential for a rolling blackout, which leads to snuggling, impromptu family get-togethers and the opportunity to do one of our favourite things: Gripe about the government.
This is a new tradition, that really has come to light over the past year or so. We're going through a bit of a power generation shortage right now, made worrisome because of the lack of backup power. Last January we were in the dark for a whole weekend. And the Christmas before that a blizzard knocked out power for a day or so. The moment the temperature starts to dip below minus 10 we're all waiting to find out if we are going to have to conserve electricity or face the consequences of a rolling blackout to prevent the entire island (which is about the size of California) from going dark.
And there you have it! Five things about Christmas (kind of) that make Newfoundland extra special. Please be sure to visit the rest of the awesome authors and bloggers making up the Mistletoe Hop this year, and don't forever to add your name to the rafflecopter below for your chance to win a Kindle!