1 MONTH AWAY FROM CHRISTMAS!!!
It’s been such a hectic couple of weeks in our household. My toddler came down with a pretty nasty cold. Unfortunately, after answering a couple screening questions I wasn’t allowed to bring the baby to his 9 months appointment (sorry little dude, you miss out again! #momguilt) the doctor suggested we give our local COVID assessment centre a call to make an appointment. After speaking with them, we were advised to head over… long story short, my poor three year old had to get tested. My husband (and hero) braved it and took him in. Overall, it was a quick test and my little man did great. Luckily, his results came back negative; however…we all ended up with his nasty cold. We all needed a pick me up. So what do you do after a week of being sick in November?
DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS
We finally decked our halls. I say finally because usually I am the first one on our street to have our lights out (after Remembrance Day) and although our outside lights have yet to be put up (Ahem. Husband, if you’re reading this, get on it!) Inside our house looks like Santa’s workshop! Once I had all the decorations up, I sat on my couch and gazed up at the Christmas tree thinking of past years. It’s amazing how different Christmas is now, even from just 5 years ago. But I will always remember how Christmas was growing up.
IT WAS THE SAME EVERY YEAR
On Christmas Eve my family and I would dress in our best and go to church for the Christmas Eve service. My favorite part was when all the lights would go out, everyone would light their candle, and the pianist would start playing Silent Night. I am not much of a singer, so I used to look around the church and watch everyone’s happy faces and just listen to them sing. I can remember the way the candlelight made the church look like it was glowing, and if we were lucky that year and it was snowing, I remember watching it fall through the windows. It was always at that moment I felt the magic of Christmas begin. After church we would go over to either my aunt’s, or grandmother’s house. When I was really young, and we went to my Aunt’s, we would walk home since they lived just around the corner. I absolutely LOVED that walk home, especially if it was snowing. I remember holding my dad’s hand and looking up at the sky trying to catch a glimpse of Santa. I SWEAR, to this day, I heard bells. Once home, we’d lay out our letters to Santa, and of course leave cookies, milk, and carrots. I wouldn’t sleep.
Christmas morning was always fun. My brother and I would wake up super early and were allowed to open our stockings together before mom and dad got up. I can remember sitting in my brother’s room as we opened them. “What is that? What did you get?!” This was over 25 years ago…but it is a memory I will always have, and forever hold onto, no matter what. There’s just something about it…
When it was time for mom and dad to (finally…Geez!) wake up, we would read our letters from Santa, and then head into the living room where we would open presents. I am sure breakfast was in there somewhere… but I don’t remember that. Around lunch time, we would head over to my grandmother’s where we would see our aunts and uncles and all of our cousins. On Boxing Day we would head up to Morin Heights to our cottage and spend Christmas with my dad’s side of the family. I remember walking into our cottage and seeing that Santa had been there too. He even decorated the cottage! Again, memories I will always hold on to.
As the years go on, traditions change, which is something that is always hard to accept. However, new traditions are made and will live on for years and years to come. Since being with my husband we have a tradition of making brownies first thing in the morning on Christmas Day. I hope one day my son’s will think of Christmas morning anytime they smell brownies baking. We also have been going to Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village which is always beautiful (And yes, running this year!) And of course, the Santa Claus parade. Sadly, it has been cancelled this year…
COVID-19 has certainly put a damper on some plans this year, but I am still in full blown Christmas Countdown mode. I have already had the playlist going on Alexa, giggled when I saw the Eggnog at the grocery store, and am starting my month of Christmas Movies. First one on the agenda: The Santa Clause.
Here is a list of some of my favorite Christmas movies.
- A Christmas Story
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- Home Alone
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Frosty the Snowman
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer