Magic of Christmas

I find that it is a bit of a struggle to try to come up with new ideas for each season year after year. So much of the imagery we see is very cliche. This is for good reason - we do the same seasonal activities over and over again year after year. The same things are important to us: family, friends, time off to go home, the spirit of giving. But sometimes a holiday image just presents itself and you can't help but capture it.

The holiday train from Canadian Pacific comes across Canada each year (for years now) and stops briefly in a number of towns to raise money and food for food banks. We took our four kids (2 to 7) down to the train and it came in all decorated up, opened a box car and a band played four Christmas songs. It was snowing like crazy and there were tons of people gathered around to enjoy the night. The holiday train is perfect for little kids as it is only 30-45 minutes long and it is gone before bedtime.

While we waited I walked around with my 2 year old looking for a way to get a shot of the snow lit up by the streetlights. Here is the result of a brief walk around:

Hope everyone has a safe holiday season with family and friends!

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December 23, 2012


Great images! I love the idea of the holiday train, great way to raise funds. Have a lovely holiday season. :)

December 23, 2012


All the best, thanks for reading!

December 22, 2012


Happy holiday to you too. Great images :)

December 22, 2012


Love the images. Hope you and your family have a great holiday season! Thanks for sharing.

December 22, 2012


Great images, thanks for sharing!Merry Christmas everybody.. and a very happy and prosperous 2013..!

December 21, 2012


Not sure how close Oakville is to the train route, @Iwhitwo, but in Salmon Arm you can't miss it as the train comes right through downtown. I hadn't really heard of it until I left Victoria where the train can't get to :)

December 21, 2012


This truly is so magical. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2012


Great images Brad, as a well travelled Canadian, I am a little embarrassed to say I don't think I have seen CP's holiday train in my 53 years. The lamp post image is very effective. Merry Christmas.

December 21, 2012


God bless you and your family! Have faith and your life will be ok.

December 20, 2012


Great images, thanks for sharing.

December 19, 2012


You just gave me some ideas. Thank you!

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Photo credits: Brad Calkins.