It's cold out -- so I wanted to tell you about a place that makes the best of the cold and snow. These are pictures my cousin Vanilla sent me from her trip to Quebec, Canada. You know Canada is our country's neighbor to the north. It gets so cold and snowy there that people leave their Christmas decorations up until Valentine's Day because it helps them feel cheerful. And they have a big celebration this time of year -- Carnival. That's Vanilla and Bonhomme. Bonhomme means snowman in French. Many people in Quebec speak French. Bonhomme is the official greeter at Carnival.
Another cool thing they do -- and I do mean COOL - is build an ice village. All the buildings are made of ice blocks and all the furniture and decorations inside are made of ice. Below is a picture of the village. They even have a little church. That's Vanilla in the church. The benches are made of ice, so they put deer skins on them to keep people -- and little bears-- from freezing their bottoms! You can spend the night there -- on beds made out of ice. But they do put mattresses on the beds and plenty of blankets!
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