Christmas in July

If you were a kid growing up in Montreal in the sixties and seventies you will no doubt remember a very popular radio announcer by the name of Paul Reid.  He did the evening show on radio station CJAD and had a very healthy following for many years.  Like many radio personalities of the day Reid had his signature sayings, closing every show with the phrase “And the night is ours”.

Perhaps the most memorable of Reid’s shows was his annual Christmas show that was a must-listen event to get into the seasonal spirit, as he recounted stories from his childhood and played carols. But it was more than that; during the hottest days of summer, at a time when air conditioning was not universally available, in an effort at mind-over-matter, CJAD would rebroadcast the Christmas Show.

In an attempt to recapture that cooling sensation of Christmas in July, I present for your viewing pleasure, our family tradition of  convincing some daft uncle (me) to eat rum-soaked flaming raisins after Christmas dinner. How will this refresh you during these hot days? Just be glad you weren’t the one hurling those blazing currants down your esophagus!



Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

2 thoughts on “Christmas in July

  1. WordPress is a bastard to those of us who follow you via Blogger, you know. You don’t show up in my blog feed for weeks at a time and then all of a sudden, 10 posts show up in a row. So if my comments are always stale-dated, that’s why eh?

    • I think the two, WordPress and Blogger, should come to an agreement. I have often tried to comment on a Blogger blog – several times on yours – only to have to jump through a bunch of hoops. Commenting as …sign-in …. after many failed attempts I have given up!

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