Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
The anticipation of Christmas morning is always a big build. For me, as we know, it starts months in advance.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Ahhhh, the magic of the big man in Red. I can quickly find the last three years of photos with Santa Claus, but trust me - I have them all to enjoy. Treasured photos.
I know some kids are scared of St Nick, but my Chrismtas spirit seems to have been a genetic gene that I passed along. From the first year in 2003 when I took my baby boy to see him, right through to the six year old with his 4 year old sister this year, they willingly hop onto his lap and provide their wish list.
What I like most is that he really is about the magic that twinkels in the kids eyes. Not really about what shows up under the tree, but about the "what if". About believing in stories. About believing that good things can happen. About wishes, and best of all, when wishes come true.
Of course, there will come a time that my children will find out about the truth - you know, the there is more to Santa than the stories. I clearly recall the one Christmas Eve that my baby cousin Alyssa was on the cusp of believing or not. I told her to write Santa a note and if he had the same writing as her Mom or Dad, then he wasn't real. But if he had different writing, then he was real for sure. She followed my directions, but I made sure that my Mom wrote the note back. Just to give her one more Christmas worth of Santa Claus.
I can't wait till it's Christmas Eve and the kids pick out what they want to leave for Kris Kringle and his reindeer. And hope that once again, he brings the magic to Christmas morning. I know the kids tried really hard to get on his good list.
Monday, December 21, 2009
But of course, while this year was our 9th Annual, it by no means my 9th Christmas party (big surprise eh?). See celebrating Christmas with family is one thing, but it's just as important to celebrate with friends and neighbours. This is the history....
Dad is very muscial. In our living room is a baby grand and a church organ. It's not a large living room, but they are large pieces. They also played a large roll around Christmas time. I have no idea what year the Dye Sing A Long started, but I have to say it is the fondest of childhood memories.
Each year at Christmas we invited all the neighbours for the sing a long. Ruth Cres is a small cul de sac street with neighbours that knew each other. Dad played the organ, and Mr. Lenord played the piano. We all sang. We sang loud, we sang the classics and we sang with all the Christmas spirit there is.
I remember the smell of the lyric sheets. You see, "old" photocopies had different paper, which had a specific smell to it. I remember thinking that Mom could draw so well with the pretty bow and drawing of Rudolph on those sheets. Songs like Jingle Bells started us off (pretty sure that Frosty was near the beginning too). Silent Night near the end, and if memory is on tonight, then the last song was always "We wish you a Merry Christmas".
The dining room was full of food. The punch as I recall took a lot of work, and wasn't overly child friendly. But Pop Shoppe was always there for the kids, funny how some of these memories are popping up as I write this!
While the Sing A Long ended somewhere in childhood, Richard and I decided somewhere in our young adulthood that it should be brought back. That year, Dad played the organ for our friends. We sat on the living room floor, and us 20 somethings belted out the toons just like the good old days.
While our Christmas party doesn't have any singing, it's still a lot of fun. Family and friends gather together, enjoy some time together, and celebrate the season in fine style.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
- Dye Christmas gatherings
- Christmas Sing A long
- PJ's Christmas Eve (still one I share with my kids)
- Dye triffel (this one has seemed to end, which isn't a bad thing)
- Egg nog on Christmas Eve
- Stocking stuffers individually wrapped (did that tonight)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Christmas Carols are special to me. I love singing them, I know all the words (well mostly) and have more Christmas CDs than any other type of music.
If I were to choose a type of Chrismas music that I like best, I would have a really really hard time. I love the classics, but I love the newer version of the classics as well. Celine Dion's Christmas album is a nice blend of both. Having said that, I could listen to Bing Crosby sing the tradional ones for weeks on end. Yet again, I really love the version of Bruce Springsteen as he belts out Santa Claus is Coming to Town (the kids really like that one these days).
Yet there is one particular Christmas Album that is my all time favorite. Sunshine and Snowflakes. Must be good as it already came up as part of the top ten already!
You see, this group of children singing was very loved in my house growing up. I could sing every single song word for word. One year, the Squamish Children's Choir sand this, and I remember very clearly seeing them live. Happy Birthday Baby Jesus or Where is Christmas. Love all of the songs on there.
And this year just to take it another level, I decided to Christmas shop while listening to Christmas music. I think everyone should do this. Takes all the hussle and bustle out of it and brings you to a happiness that seems to be a rare thing in the malls.
Friday, December 18, 2009
So this is obviously something that people don't like about the holidays. But I like wrapping. I like being able to make a package pretty. Maybe this is where my love of paper and embellishments came from????
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I didn't come from a house where baking was really part of the holidays. Mom is a fantastic cook - but the fresh Christmas baking in the house came from others most of the time. And while I have my own sugar and gingerbread cookies that I make every year - there is one type of cookie from my past that I have brought back.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I love Reindeer. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Commet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen. And of course, the most famous Reindeer of allllllllllllllllll, Rudolph.
Now these Reindeer have always played a part in my love of Christmas. In fact, to me, along with Santa, are a visual reminder of all things Christmas. I guess they go hand in hand, since the Reindeer pull Santa's sleigh - but more than that, they took represent the magic of the season.
I mean come on, it took Rudolph's special nose to get Santa through the foggy Christmas Eve. They are the only deer that can fly. And they have a song all to themselves to help celebrate the season. And it's my favorite song.
The Dye Christmas Carol Sing a Long (more on that after) always required some organ practice by Dad. And while I love pretty much all Christmas songs, Ruldoph The Red Nosed Reindeer was the one I always asked him to play over and over again. And he did. Over and over again.
Monday, November 23, 2009
That is a large number.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Anyhow, here is some of my work from the weekend....(mom, recognize the lady hanging the Christmas decorations..)