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Favourite Childhood Christmas Memories

December 25, 2011 1 comment

combing the Eatons and Simpsons-Sears catalogs and making our Christmas wish lists

the arrival of parcels of gifts ordered from mail-order catalogs

searching the house for hidden gifts

going with Dad to cut a Christmas tree from the woods on our farm

decorating the Christmas tree with ornaments we kids had made—construction paper chains, sealer rings wrapped in tin foil, bells made from egg cartons—plus tinsel, glass balls, and when we were older, strings of electric lights

strings of Christmas cards hanging in the living room

watching Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV in the days leading up to Christmas

a woman at church singing O Holy Night

trying to stay awake long enough to see Santa

a mountain of gifts under the tree

hand-knitted slippers and mittens, dark grey with red trim

candy canes

the whole family opening gifts together, with “thank you”s criss-crossing the room

Mom watching the Queen’s Message on TV

Mom making rice crispy squares with red and green maraschino cherries

stealing maraschino cherries from the fridge

posing for family photos

my father’s Aunt Annie staying with us for Christmas and making the stuffing

playing hockey outside over the holidays

stuffing myself with turkey and cranberry sauce—and more turkey and more cranberry sauce, etc.

sitting in the dark livingroom enjoying the lit Christmas tree

What are your favourite childhood Christmas memories?

Have a merry Christmas and happy New Year, everyone!

J

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What I’ve Learned about How to Have a Good Christmas (or at Least Avoid a Bad One)

December 12, 2011 2 comments

Do you look forward to Christmas every year, or do you dread it? It’s a problematic time of year for many people. It’s supposed to be a happy time when you get together with people you love and give them gifts. But what if you can’t be with the people you want to spend Christmas with? What if you don’t have the money to keep up with gift-giving expectations?

I’m not a big fan of Christmas, but I try not to hate it. It’s going to happen anyway, so I may as well try to enjoy it as much as I can—or at least not be any more miserable than I have to be. Here are some tips I have learned over the years that help me get through the season. Read more…

A Bad Day Survived

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Yesterday I felt pretty low. More sad and alone than anything else, but depression can feel like that sometimes. What brought this on? Read more…

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