Saturday, 21 December 2013

Merry Christmas

While I'm slugging it out at the mall, trying to get ready for the main event in just a few days, here is last year's Christmas post recycled.  A quick Q & A about our Christmas traditions which, as traditions go, will be the same this year.  

What makes Christmas such a special holiday for you and your family?

It's all about time with family.  All year long we're hard pressed to make time to see grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles.  During the Christmas holiday we make time to spend with our families.  Oh, and the food... can't forget about all the great food!

Were you told the truth about Santa by your parents or did you find out another way?  And... do you plan on lying to your kids when the time comes?

I don't remember when I had my ah-ha moment.  I know it was a gradual thing, first being suspicious, then searching for hidden presents (and finding them) and finally knowing the truth.  And, yes, we have lied to our kids for years!  The older kids know what's up but our youngest is still a believer, and the second youngest is on the fence... he's suspicious but afraid to stop believing for fear that it may mean the end of the present train.

Source: Etsy
I'm grateful to our older kids for not spoiling the Santa illusion for their younger siblings as they each came to realize the truth, and helping us preserve the magic a little longer.

Real tree or fake?

Real, always real!  Although after the problem of this year's leaning tree, I'm tempted to pick up a fake tree during an after Christmas sale.  Getting the tree is one of our favourite traditions and usually involves a family outing to Drysdale's Tree Farm. I love, love, love this place and we've made an event of getting our tree there almost every year since we've lived here.  It's magical.  Horse drawn wagons, hot chocolate and bonfires, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, sled dogs, a Town Crier, Christmas carols, and the most beautiful shop for decorations and ornaments.  Not to mention the best selection of Christmas trees I've every seen.

It's such a festive place, so much to do and see... and they have a beautiful store where each of the kids chooses a new tree ornament every year.

We didn't get there this year but did find a smaller, local farm where we chose a beautiful tree. 

Do you open presents on Christmas Eve, Christmas morning, or both?

 The tradition on my side of the family has always been to open presents on Christmas Eve.  After dinner, which is always a whole filet mignon, we head out to admire Christmas lights and return to find that Santa came while we were out!

When we return home after spending Christmas with my parents, the kids get to open the presents that Santa left under our tree while we were away!

Christmas with my in-laws usually takes place on Boxing Day.  Nothing like stretching Christmas out over three days!

What's your favourite Christmas movie to watch?  Or favourite Christmas song?

Christmas movies that I love.... The Polar Express and Elf.  I grew up watching traditional Christmas television specials and they all hold a special, nostalgic place in my heart, but these two movies are our current favourites!

Favourite Christmas songs right now are both by the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Christmas Eve/Sarajevo and Christmas Canon:

Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases.  


  1. Don't kill anybody at the crazy crowded mall -- it's not worth it!

  2. My favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually and my favorite Christmas song is "Carol of the Bells." I also love the Christmas Canon song above, but I think of it as a wedding song too.
    I'm so sad this season is winding down. I want to see it more and feel it all for longer.
    Looking forward to 2014, though!

  3. Such lovely photos and wonderful traditions! Your family shots are outstanding!!! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! Nicole

  4. I love all of your traditions. It's something to look forward to each and every year. Merry Christmas!


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