While most holiday media might have you convinced that the white Christmases we usually experience here in Canada are ideal, the reality is, winter weather is typically better experienced on screen than it is in real life.
The cold and snow just make everything harder.
It takes longer to get ready to leave the house; slick roads add to your travel time; and the days are dark and short. Winter comes around in Toronto by early November, and most years, it sticks around until early April. It’s far less magical than those Hallmark movies will have you believe. Truthfully, by Halloween, I’m over the winter weather before it even begins. I’m all too familiar with the slog that lies ahead, and I don’t need it.
For this reason, Mele Kalikimaka has always felt like a welcome escape. The familiar voices of Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters carry this dreamy, laid back Christmas classic. Throughout the track, the twang of the ukelele makes the song feel casual (in the best way), like any good beach vacation.
The song repeats, Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright. The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night. It feels like it’s asking all of the suckers like me spending Christmas in the northern hemisphere “what’s really so special about a white Christmas? You could have this!” Sign me up.
I’ve always dreamed of making a break for it and heading south for Christmas. I haven’t been able to bring myself to ditch my loved ones for the holidays (yet), and getting the entire family onboard with the idea of making an island Christmas a thing seems undoable. I want nothing more than to be surrounded by swaying palm trees with my feet buried in the sand. While my dreams won’t come true again this year, I’ll be sure to give Mele Kalikimaka a listen or two on Christmas Day and let it carry me away.