Thursday, December 24, 2015
Just wanted to take a moment to wish you all the very best that this season can bring. I hope you find yourselves surrounded by loved ones, warm (if you live in my neck of the woods, you might be TOO warm!!!), safe, and counting your blessings. Every year brings its ups and downs, and this year has been no different. All we can do is hope for the good days to outnumber the bad, and that is my wish for all of you going into 2016.
Oh, and snow. I also wish for snow. And while my White Christmas prayers will be unanswered, it's looking an awful lot like I just might get a "white" beginning to the New Year. Bring on the 25-35 cm forecasted for next Tuesday!!! :) :) :)
Merry Christmas to each & every one of you! Much love from this little ol' blog of mine!! XOXO
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
- Last night was a wonderfully festive evening for me. Right after work, I went to my mom's, because she's had my sister's kids staying with her all week. We watched Elf, ate pizza and ginger snaps, and enjoyed sitting by the glow of the Christmas tree. Then we headed down to the Library for a Carol Sing with Rolly, and we also got to hear a group of local elementary school students recite 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. It was great!
- I love that I feel ever-so-prepared for the next couple of days. Groceries = check! Presents wrapped = check! Christmas baking = check! It's just a matter of last minute prep and assembling!
- I'm kind of loving that Christmas Day is going to be low-key. There will be the early morning excitement of the kids getting up, having our delicious traditional sticky bun breakfast and coffee, the kids opening presents from Santa... but then my sister and her family will go to her in-laws, and Mom and I have no plans to go anywhere. There was a time in my life when this would have devastated me, but I'm OK with the thought of relaxing in comfy clothes (maybe even PJ's?) all day, napping, watching movies, munching on snacks... it's not a half-bad idea!
- That said, I look forward to the excitement of Boxing Day, when we will do our family gift exchange and have our turkey dinner!! Can't wait!!
- I love that I've almost watched all of the Christmas movies I wanted to - even though I didn't think it was possible! I have both Home Alones on deck for tonight, and I'm hoping to squeeze in Miracle on 34th Street tomorrow after work. Then I'll have seen all of my faves!
- Loving all of the Christmas tunes right now!! It makes me sad to think that in a few days, it will all be over... so I'm trying not to let my mind go there. Post-Christmas time is always a bit depressing for me, so I'm clinging to the here and now and enjoying every second of it! It has been especially fun these past few days practicing my acapella version of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve/Sarajevo to sing to my cousin Chris on Christmas Eve. ;) Man, I shoulda been on Glee!!
- I'm lovin' all the festive bling my Aunt Marion has bestowed upon me, both this year and in years past. I could wear different Christmas jewel combinations for a month - and I HAVE!!! My favourite is still the candy cane ring she gave me a few years ago. Every time I wear it, someone asks where I got it. Everyone loves it!
- I love that my niece and nephew take after me in that they are both still wishing for snow!! Danica even told Stacy last night at the library that all she wants for Christmas is snow. Stacy was like, "Oh, you really are Jilly's niece." And at least I'm not alone in my sorrow. ;)
- I love that I only work til noon tomorrow and then I'm off until January 5th!!! I always take the week off between Christmas & New Year's, and I'm relishing the thoughts of lazy days, sleeping in a bit, maybe going shopping or to a movie... just enjoying some downtime. It's something to look forward to in the post-Christmas let-down.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
This abnormal Tropical December is really depressing for a snow-loving kid like me. If I'm being honest, though, I've been preparing myself. Bracing myself. Two weeks ago, when the long-range forecast showed a warmer-than-usual Christmas ahead, and not very much snow in sight, I started trying to come to terms with a Green Christmas.
And truly, I have. I know there is nothing I can do about the weather. I remember when I was a kid, watching the evening news faithfully from December 1st on, praying J.J. would give me the good word that a White Christmas was on the horizon. And 9 times out of 10, it happened. But that odd flukey year when a Green Christmas was projected and I would end up in tears, my dad would say, "If there's one thing you can't control, it's the weather..."
Last year, we had snow in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but a few days before hand, the temp warmed up and it rained non-stop, and it ended up being a mostly-Green Christmas. I was a little depressed, but thought, "Oh well... guaranteed a white one next year."
HA! Yeah right. Total opposite. Greener than green. Wet, muddy, BALMY. I mean, it's supposed to be 16 degrees on Christmas Eve. 16 FREAKIN DEGREES. That's like the temp we hit in the Spring when people start busting out their shorts and flip flops. And that's what it's going to be on Christmas Eve?!?
Not impressed. Not one little bit.
And yet, it's almost comical. It's been a warm December. There's been a lot of talk about El Nino. It's not really a surprise that it's going to be a green one. But +16?!?! I don't think anyone could have predicted that. People are talking about golfing on Christmas Day. We literally sold 20 rolls of sod today, on December 22nd. I'm not kidding when I say I just might wear a bathing suit to Christmas Eve service in protest of this ridiculous weather.
Seriously, though. What am I going to WEAR?!?! I purchased a cozy Christmassy sweater and a nice warm sweater dress over a month ago from Old Navy and anticipated wearing them on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If I DO end up wearing them, we may have to turn the AC on so I don't sweat to death.
I know there are people who are clicking their heels right now (I can hear Lindsay's clicking right now as we speak, actually) and I know there are many who are enjoying this weather, thankful for stress-free holiday travelling, and those who just hate snow and winter and everything that comes with it.
But I'm not one of 'em. This just doesn't feel like Christmas to me, and I'm going to keep on lamenting about it. There is nothing magical about wet grass and mud and fog. Nothing sparkles, nothing twinkles, nothing feels like it's radiating joy... don't EVEN get me started on how the hell Santa is supposed to land his sleigh when there is no frigging snow.
The forecast indicates there is no longer any point in wishing or hoping or praying. There is no Hail Mary pass to throw, no last-minute deals I can make with the Snow Gods, no use in shaking the snowglobe extra hard. It just ain't gonna happen.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Today, I thought I’d stick with that tried-and-true Wednesday tradition and run through a few of the things I’m loving right now:
I’m loving that I got the Christmas baking finished last night! I had a few more treats to make, and I spent all evening finishing them up, assembling trays, and storing them in the freezer. At least that much is done and off my shoulders!
As many of you know, I’ve become a big SNL fan over the past few years (I was a little late showing up for the party, but whatever) – and just this past weekend, it dawned on my that I’m kind of in love with Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost. He’s just so… cute!!
Another current love of mine: this kid named Zach who was on this past season of The Voice. He didn’t make it to the finals, and he’s kinda creepy-too-young for me, but still… I find him darned attractive. And last night when he returned to sing Forever and Ever Amen with finalist Barrett? Well, sorry Barrett, but I think Zack was better than you!
Speaking of The Voice… I sort of slept through most of last night’s finale, but I did wake up in time to see Team Adam’s Jordan Smith crowned this year’s big winner, and I was so happy! Of course I love Adam, that’s no surprise… and I pegged Jordan as a heavy favourite very early on. I like seeing a humble, average joe kind of guy like that take home the title.
I love this post from The Daily Tay that went up yesterday. It perfectly captures how I feel this time of year, and I swear, it almost felt like I could have written it myself. I shared it on Facebook and it appears I’m not alone in that sentiment – it seemed to strike a chord with many.
And because of that post, I loved sitting up a little later than usual last night, just gazing at the tree all by myself.
I love that I have one last purchase to make, and one more gift to come in the mail, and my Christmas shopping will be officially finished. I have been “almost done” for 2 weeks now, and what’s left to come is not stressing me out in the least. But it will be nice come Friday to finally be able to say, “I’m done. Let’s wrap.”
I love that I have time this weekend. A few last-minute holiday parties have cropped up, but if I don’t go anywhere on Saturday, I won’t be sad. I want to wrap my gifts and decorate my gingerbread house and make hot chocolate and watch a million movies. And then, just sit and bask in the glow of my Christmas tree.
What are YOU loving this Wednesday??
Hope you’re all enjoying the pre-Christmas festivities and fun! Let’s make it last as long as we can!!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Still, I wouldn’t trade these precious Christmas moments with family and friends for anything…
And now it is the calm before the Christmas storm… I have very few events left between now and the big day. Now is my chance to do the wrapping, finish up some of the baking, and finally watch all of those Christmas movies I haven’t had time to watch yet! I’m going to soak up the next week and enjoy this quiet time of Christmas reflection… I think we all need that at this time of year.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
December is chugging right along, and it’s going a wee bit too fast for my liking. Every day when I eat my Advent chocolate and see the growing number of little doors open, I think to myself, This is going too quickly. It can’t go this fast!!
Then I take a deep breath, remind myself to live in the present, enjoy all the festive fun, and soak it up.
I did just that this past weekend, which was another one filled with festive fun.
Here are some of the photos I snapped from Danica’s 7th birthday party on Saturday; from the Christmas Pageant at church on Sunday; and from the Christmas House Tour Monday night.
Danica with all her party pals
Claudine & Thomas, the Pageant narrators
This picture made me giggle – I didn’t even realize at the time that our Rev. Nancy matches the stained glass image of Jesus above her!
Joseph & Mary arriving at the Inn
(Danica was trying so hard not to smile for the picture lol)
This is Lindsay in the bell tower of the old Anglican Church that has been converted into a prime residence
Looking down on the main room from the balcony
A view of Kirk & Sara’s living room
One of Sara’s Christmas Trees
Sara’s Dinner Table
Leslie & Nathan’s Christmas Tree
I loved the mason jar candle holder idea at Leslie’s!
Another of my favourites – pink & white ornaments hanging from the ceiling in Leslie’s daughter’s room
The fireplace at Stephen & Jenna’s
One of Jenna’s Christmas Trees
The custom-built playroom under the stairs that Steve made for his kids was a BIG highlight – everyone was dying to get in and take a look!
An outdoor shot of Stephen & Jenna’s home
And that was just a small sample of the fun I had this past weekend!! In the blink of an eye, it will be the weekend again, with even more Christmassy fun on tap… I can’t wait!!