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Since my husband was scheduled to work over the holidays this year, we were unable to make the trip to Montreal to spend the holidays with family. BUT – my sister came down to visit with her two daughters from the 21st to the 24th so at least we got to see some of the fam at Christmas. 🙂 It was a fun-filled few days – they arrived Thursday night – here’s a recap.

Friday we did some grocery shopping since I hadn’t had time to go before their arrival. We stayed close to home on Friday and worked on snowglobe molds, opened presents and had fun at a “Paris Night” themed dinner.



Funniest part of this is Chris struggling to free a doll from the box. 🙂





After dinner we watched the Michael Buble Christmas special and enjoyed some Aramula & Egg Nog cocktails. 🙂

Saturday we headed out to the Black Creek Pioneer Village which was amazing at this time of year – they even had a bit of snow up there – first snow we’ve seen all winter! Black Creek is an actual village set in pioneer times (approx 1861) that you walk through and visit all the different buildings (doctor’s office, schoolhouse, blacksmith, town hall, halfway house and inn, cooper, saddlery, etc.). It was so much fun and all the Christmas decorations made it a very magical experience.

Sue and the girls at the entrance:



The Town Hall where the kids got to decorate cookies:




Learning how to weave on a mini loom:


The doctor’s office:


The printing office:


That’s a lot of wood. 🙂


At Santa’s Cottage:







The wagon in front of the Halfway House and Inn




Sue and I LOVED this village – it was so much fun visiting the different buildings and hearing all about how they did things in those days. Super fun – highly recommended!

We had a late lunch at Red Lobster and we went to see the movie Rise of the Guardians – great holiday film.

Sunday morning was Cookie Mania and I had elves to help me.





We watched the Smurfs Christmas movie, enjoyed our turkey dinner, then watched the Sound of Music – classic! Everyone was pooped by the end.

Angry Birds was a hit on the iPad…they’re addicted…




Drove the troops back to the airport this morning – glad that we had such a festive and fun past few days!!


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As you can probably guess, our Christmas was awesome. We got to spend time with family, ate some delicious meals, enjoyed some R&R, the gifts we gave were well-received, the gifts we received were greatly appreciated.

Here’s a sampling:

I think this was my favourite of the year (thanks Christina & Adam!) – Harry Potter AND a board game in one?? Omg. We got to play it on Monday night and it’s a great update on the original Clue game with lots of new magical twists. Lots of fun!

I never thought I could love a slipper. But lo and behold, then came the Muk Luks (thanks Sue!). They have fake fur inside. Did you hear that?  Furrrr. I keep mine rolled all the way up for ultimate contact with said fur. And they have reindeer on them. And a nordic pattern.

I also received a double-whammy bag of loot from David’s Tea (thanks Mark!). My brother Mark did a 2-in-1 birthday/Christmas gift since I hadn’t seen him for a while.

The winter collection includes some pretty cool flavours:  Hot Toboggan, Chocolate Chili Chai, Alpine Punch, Apres Ski, Snow Bunny. The gift also included a glass travel thermos and glass tea mug, plus some extra teas. Awesome!

And how cute is this bread basket (thanks Nicki!):

Too many to mention, all very very much appreciated…especially those homemade chocolates from my father-in-law! 😛 MmmMmm

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I’m a big online shopper and it’s been gaining steadily in popularity with retailers, much to my glee. So, holiday sales and boxing day/boxing week sales are aplenty these days, even online. Which means you don’t have to brave the crammed malls to score some good deals. And, since I live in a fairly large city, I’m usually lucky enough to get my orders in 2-3 days.

I bought some work clothes online at Cleo (www.cleo.ca), all for $97 with free shipping. Normally (i.e. not on sale), it would have amounted to about $250, so score one for moi.

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I remember how excited we were as kids waking up on Christmas morning and seeing all the presents under the tree. We could barely contain our excitement. Seeing that same excitement on my nieces’ faces on Christmas morning is priceless. 🙂 My job as playing Santa was much easier this year now that Sienna can read! LOL

The girls got their first play-makeup kit hehehe

They also got a set of dress-up shoes/slippers with feathers and sparkles. When they opened up the box and saw what it was, they both yelled out “SHOES!!!!!” and my husband laughed and laughed… 🙂  Yes, it starts early.

My nieces Sienna and Maddie with their uncle Mark

Nice Christmas all around. 🙂

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The weather has been very mild lately, above seasonal, no snow on the ground, and very unlike-Christmas.

When you’re a kid growing up, a green Christmas is nothing short of a tragedy. Christmas without snow just wasn’t as magical.

This year, we spent christmas in Montreal and it had been unseasonably warm there too up until Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, we woke up to a white fluffy landscape with thick white snowflakes falling (that kept up all day) – a perfect Christmas day.

On our way to my sister’s place – we were the first footsteps along the path on Christmas morning – I took the pic before we stepped through it:

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Every family has their own traditions, from when to open gifts (Christmas Eve at night or first thing Christmas morning) to what to serve as the holiday meal.

Growing up, turkey was the usual highlight, with tourtiere (meat pie), mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, cranberry sauce (whole berry, in a can thank you very much) and dessert, which was usually buche (french word for yule log) or a fruit pie. I remember having this meal at my grandmother’s house (mom’s side), and also at our house growing up. When I started hosting the holiday meal at my  own home, I stuck to the same formula. Christmas was usually turkey, New Year’s was usually ham. I made some minor tweaks (i.e. my carrots were topped with a maple/butter sauce, my desserts were something different every year). But the rest? Never mess with tradition. 🙂

This year, we’re visiting family for the holidays and after several years’ hiatus, I get to enjoy my mom’s Christmas meal this year! And I’m SO excited. 🙂

What do you serve for your holiday meal?

Is it the same as when you were growing up?

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