Canada’s a “Winter Wonderland” – #mkWWC

Merry Christmas! … and Happy New Year! 2015-06-28 18.05.23 v2

Time for our 14th Annual Christmas Carol! … Captured in a new snow globe ornament with pictures from our trip along the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies, a true “Winter Wonderland,” even in summer.

But, first an apology: If you only use our website to keep up with us, then we let you down in 2015. Two posts, both this week. Sorry about that. But over on social media (Twitter, Facebook, you missed a pretty incredible year!

Far and away the biggest fun in 2015 came from our three-week odyssey through Canada, culminating with the once-in-a-lifetime experience watching the US Womens National Soccer team win the FIFA World Cup!

David & the Girls started in Montreal and Ottawa, and Karen joined them in Edmonton. IMG_3988

In between games in Edmonton, we drove along the Ice Fields Parkway between Jasper and Banff. We’d been to Banff before — in the winter — so we wanted to see it the summertime, too. And it did not disappoint!

Of course, in our 14th year of Christmas Carol gifts to Karen, we’re not content just to announce a song and leave it at that. “Winter Wonderland” was written in 1934, and has been performed by more than 200 artists, including Guy Lombardo, Perry Como, Pat Boone, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Bing Crosby, and Elvis Presley, to name just a few.

But it should come as no surprise that we’re specifically giving the Anne Murray version of “Winter Wonderland,” acknowledging one of Canada’s favorite vocalists from the 1970s & 80s.

We even managed to uncover a whole CD called “A Canadian Christmas, Vol 4” (yes 4!) that includes many other holiday favorites covered by performers from the great white north. We also found a YouTube slideshow someone put together with pictures of Niagara Falls set to Murray’s version.


Past Christmas Carol gifts:

2014: Blue Christmas
2013: Carol of the [Mission] Bells
2012: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
2011: Most Wonderful Day of the Year
2010: O Tanenbaum
2009: Frosty the Snowman
2008: The Race That Long in Darkness Pined
2007: Away in a Manger
2006: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
2005: What Child is This?
2004: I Saw three Ships
2003: One-Horse Open Sleigh (Jingle Bells)
2002: A Sweetie Goose in a Pear Tree (12 Days of Christmas)