Homeless in Vancouver: Prairie Christmas tradition
Just off Cambie Street, there’s a sight to warm a Prairie boy’s heart—the traditional Christmas lights on the tractor.
Why, I can still remember the Christmas when Uncle Elmer got all liquored-up and decided to put the lights on the the Massey Ferguson on a particularly moonless night during a snowstorm.
Turned out, not only was corn whiskey a good conductor of electricity, but its effects could render a person insensible to electrocution. That was our “Christmas by candlelight”.
You may think there’s not a word of truth in that story but remember, prairie folks do not lie, at least not about the weather—it really was snowing.