Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Colours of Christmas

Christmas Eve
We in Canada have the distinction of Santa's address: Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada H0H 0H0.  It has been designated Santa's postal code sine 1982. I wondered where this is in relation to our postal code system so looked it up and found out it would be Montreal.  

Since the postal code system has 'H0' set up to represent a tiny or rural village ('0') inside of the city of Montreal or Laval ('H'), H0 codes are quite rare and a seasonal allocation of H0H does not appear with any other normal postal codes.

Would Montrealers receive their gifts first? What time does Santa starts delivering and what route he takes.  These questions can be answered by going to the norad tracking website.  You can stay up late tonight and tune into Santa's ride:

Our images today celebrate the two of the traditions of Christmas colours.  Red is associated with the apples on the Garden of Paradise tree, with the blood of Christ and with the robes of Bishops - St. Nicholas took on these colours. Blue is said to be associated with Mary.  In medieval times blue dye was more expensive than gold, so Mary was often painted wearing blue to show she was important. 

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