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Our family loves to visit heritage and pioneer villages; the ones that have original homes and buildings and the staff are dressed in period costume and stay in character while they explain how things were done back in the day. I just love the simplicity of how things used to be.

This year, we went to Black Creek Village in North York during the Christmas by Lamplight event on Saturday night. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas, withΒ  decorations and treats from yesteryear. There were carolers circulating around the village. All the houses/buildings were decorated and staffed with amazing team members, some offering entertainment including caroling, dancing, old-time games and crafts. Others offering treats including mince tarts, candied orange peel, turkish delight, gingerbread cookies, cheese straws, peppermint pastilles, and more!

We had a great time! Can’t wait to go back next year!

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Last night was my first time visiting a Christmas Market. We headed down to the Distillery District just east of downtown Toronto late afternoon and braved the throngs of people to enjoy the festivities. It truly was a magical setting with Christmas music playing throughout the area, the lights and enormous Christmas tree.

There were booths selling all kinds of holiday treats and goods. We got fudge (classic!), and enjoyed hot doughnuts (omg) and had a tasty curry for a quick bite.

The shops and galleries were nice too and gave everyone a chance to warm up from the chill outside.

There is a whole section for food and drinks (for young and old).

I can’t wait to go back next year but I think we’ll go during the week as it was ridiculously crowded, but that can be expected on a Friday evening. Still a good time!

We warmed up with hot chocolate before heading downtown:

On the GO Train, heading downtown. We played the alphabet game with Christmas themes. An extra passenger bailed us out when we got to Q. πŸ™‚

The entrance to the Christmas Market:

The tree!!

Chris and I πŸ™‚

Munching on warm doughnuts – holy moly they were good!!

These were near the entrance/exit – they looked cool!

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There’s nothing like seeing things through the eyes of a child, especially during the holidays.

Case in point is my 10-year old niece Maddie. We were shopping at Michael’s yesterday picking up some holiday craft stuff.

We were talking about her letter to Santa and I innocently (honestly, with this one, I should have known better) asked her if she had been good this year.

She admitted: “I was a little bit naughty.”Β  Then she added with a shrug and her hands up in the air “But who hasn’t??”

Her answer was so unexpected that I cracked up (pretty loudly) in the aisle.

Wise beyond her years that one. πŸ™‚ (Also a bit of a smart ass).

 

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Christmas is a sentimental time and retailers pull out all the stops to create commercials that tug at everyone’s heartstrings. I love holiday ads, from the funny ones to the ones that make me all sniffly and tears-eyed. πŸ™‚ In fact, the only ads I ever watch are Christmas ads ans Super Bowl ads.

John Lewis – cute take on a child being kept awake due to a monster under the bed.

M&M’s – love this one. I wish this would actually happen this way if such an event were to occur.

Paddington:

BBC One: Love the dancing dad who knows he ain’t doing the flip LOL

John Lewis – The Fox and The Mouse – OMG get the Kleenex out. Love the song too.

 

 

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I can’t remember what year it happened for me growing up, but there was suspicion leading up to the full-blown realization and many whispers with my siblings about what they thought and whether they believed or not. But sure enough, Santa came that Christmas, sure as the sun rises and sets.

We never felt betrayed about our parents lying to us about Santa. I don’t even remember being disappointed – I think we suspected it for a while before we were old enough (and willing enough) to acknowledge the truth.

My eldest niece is at that point now – she’s started to ask her mum about Santa but then quickly said not to tell her because she wasn’t ready to know. πŸ™‚ It’s sweet. I think it’ll be her last year.

Santa Came!!! (My nieces Christmas morning 2014)

Author Martha Brockenbrough published a letter in the New York Times that made it easier for all parents out there. Her daughter had figured out the truth about Santa and Martha handled it beautifully:

Amazing.

Happy to be on Santa’s team. πŸ™‚

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These crack me up – I love a good laugh. There seems to be more and more of these circulating. People are getting increasingly more creative too!

I gathered a few of my holiday-themed faves – Hope you get a giggle or two out of them like I did. πŸ™‚

Ho ho ho!!! πŸ™‚

 

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For those participating in Blogmas (a daily Christmas post), there’s a post going around that consists of a series of questions to be answered by the blogger. Here is mine!

Christmas in Montreal

What is your favorite Christmas Film?

It’s tough to pick just one. I think it comes down to which holiday movie I can watch over and over. It’s a tie between Love Actually and Home Alone.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Growing up in Montreal I can’t remember NOT having a white Christmas. We’ve had very few since we moved to Toronto though and I like snow up until Boxing Day. Then, spring can start. πŸ™‚

Where do you usually spend the holiday?

Usually at home and family visits us. Right after we moved, we would make the trip back to Montreal but lately people have been coming to us.

What is your favorite Christmas Song?

I’ve always been a fan of Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney’s Silver Bells. It just creates the picture perfect Christmas scene in my mind, with city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, decked in holiday style… In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas. πŸ™‚

Do you open any gifts on Christmas Eve?

Nope! Christmas morning only. That said, my husband’s family does gifts the night before so depending on where we spend the holidays, it can vary. But at our house? Christmas morning.

Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. And Rudolph. And the one that grandma got run over by although he probably got kicked off the North Pole tribe.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to?

Watching the Sound of Music and singing along. Putting up the tree. Making cookies and watching holiday movies. Eating by Christmas lights instead of turning the regular lights on. Giving the perfect gifts. Eating After Eights.

Is your Christmas tree a real one of a fake?

Fake – I’m a nature lover and can’t bear the thought of cutting down a tree just to let it die after a few weeks of enjoyment then throw it away like yesterday’s news. It makes me sad to see all the discarded trees by the curb once the holidays are over and they’re not needed/wanted anymore. Like the smell of pine? Buy a candle. Like a real tree? Plant it outside and enjoy watching it grow every year.

What is you all time favorite holiday food?

The whole meal: Turkey, mashed potatoes, maple carrots, peas, cranberry sauce.

Do you like giving gifts or receiving them?

Giving. I like picking the perfect thing that will make the recipient so happy. Especially if it’s something they’d never buy for themselves.

What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

That’s easy. The year my husband did all the shopping himself and didn’t ask me for any hints. I loved the surprise and he nailed it with items that were perfectly “me”. It was awesome.

What would be your dream place to visit during the holidays?

I would love to stay in a cozy snowy cabin (with a wood burning fireplace) in the woods somewhere close to a village with quaint shops and restaurants to stock up on food and goodies. Everything decorated for the holidays of Β course, and just ourselves to keep us company, maybe some games and some outdoor gear to go on hikes and enjoy nature and wildlife.

What made you realize the truth about Santa?

I’m not quite sure. I think all the kids kind of clued in at the same time and that was that. But, I like to think we each have a little bit of Santa in each of us and that keeps the magic alive.

Do you make New Year Resolutions?

No resolutions. I’ve got a pretty serious Life/Bucket List and every year I look back on what I accomplished and plan ahead for the things I want to accomplish next year. No disappointment, no failure, all excitement and fulfillment. It’s pretty awesome. πŸ™‚

What makes the holidays special to you?

What makes the holidays special is being able to spend time with family and friends, enjoying holiday festivities, eating great food, playing games, and taking some time to rest, relax and be thankful for all that we have.

 

If you’re reading this – tag, you’re it! πŸ™‚

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