Category Archives: Christmas

Nothing To Do But Smile and Carry On

I feel like the frustrated heroine in a badly written novel. Why? Because I’ve lost approximately 5- 6 hours worth of work on a project. And I’m way past deadline, but that’ a whole other story. I think Publisher hates me. Is it possible for a program to know when it’s being abandoned? All I know is that I was going along quite happily, and then suddenly everything froze, and when I got the machine going again, I discovered my automated saves hadn’t.

I’m so glad I’m moving to InDesign.

In other news, I’m happy to report that our little tree is no longer naked – in fact, she’s quite nicely dressed in silver and crystal. I brought some white lights home earlier in the week and wrapped them round the tree, and this inspired Lunchtruck to decorate.

The photos a little blurry, but that’s my own fault, I really ought to buy a remote for the camera, but haven’t got around to it. She’s a sensitive thing.

Like Scarlett says, “Tomorrow is another day”.


And Now, The Obligatory Christmas Meme

A luverley cuppa + doing this meme has ramped up my Christmas spirit considerably…

Blame it on Domestic Bliss!

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate, preferably made from scratch like the one we do for the family brunch christmas morning.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa can’t wrap to save his life, so I help him out. There are already two under the tree, ready and willing to torture Lunchtruck with their gift-y possibilities.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? I like white.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No. But I’m not averse to the idea.

5. When do you put your decorations up? The goal we set for ourselves is December 1st, but the past few Christmases that hasn’t really worked out. Now that I actually have a strat-approved tree suitable for our tiny home, I think the December 1st goal is much more attainable.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?The devon custard on top of the pudding. Yum.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? I’ve got two: the year my very preggers momma dressed up as Santa for the kids, and the year I got my first Christmas present from Santa Paws.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I have no idea – I kinda always knew, but it never stopped me from enjoying it all.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yup – we spend Christmas eve with my family, and Christmas day with lunchtruck’s family.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? This year it’ll be white lights, silver ribbon, and crystal snowflakes. I’m sure the cats would prefer edibles, but then I’d spend the next few weeks picking up the detritus.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it. Preferably when I’ve nowhere I need to be except right there, there’s something delicious cooking in the oven, and I can enjoy it with those I love.

12. Can you ice skate? Yes, but it’s been ages.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? As a child, not really. I loved everything I got, even the socks. As an adult, I’d have to go with the Pamela Masik canvas my sweetie bought for me a few years ago.

14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you? Being with those I love.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Peppermint stick ice cream. It’s only available seasonally, which is a shame..

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? [Updated – I somehow managed to skip this one!] That would be waking up on Christmas morning with my bedmates and staying snuggled in there until the last possible minute, than making the dash to the kitchen to make us a spot of tea. I’m soooo predictable.

17. What tops your tree? At the moment nothing. But give it time – I’m sure we’ll be rescuing Mulder from it any moment now.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? I get more excited about the giving, although I do like receiving.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? I’m not sure if it qualifies as a Christmas tune, but I’ve always associated Ave Maria with Christmas – preferably as performed in the original Fantasia or by the incomparable Joan Baez.

20. Candy Canes? Can I have more devon custard instead?

21. Favorite Christmas movie? Tough call! It’s a toss-up between White Christmas & the original Charlie Brown Christmas.

22. What do you leave for Santa? Tums.

Of Tummy Alarms, Christmas Crankies, and Getting Back to Festive

I hit a low point this morning.

A really low point.

Yelling-at-the-cat-for-doing-something-he-does-more-or-less-every-single-morning-of-his-life-come-rain-or-shine low.

I am a terrible, horrible excuse for a human being – or at least that’s how I felt at 5:45am this morning. Honestly – who yells at someone because their tummy alarm has gone off? Sadly, I was just as grumpy with my beloved.

I cannot wait to get into this weekend’s baking and shake these Christmas Crankies.

It’s Nakid

The Christmas tree that is.

I came home Friday night with the intention of dressing up the tree and making it all nice and purty by the time Lunchtruck returned on Sunday.

But then I realized that the string of lights I had simply wasn’t long enough… and that I hated the cold blue cast they gave to the tree. So I tried dressing the tree with everything else we owned, and came to the conclusion that we were too diligent in getting rid of the things we didn’t love, because now, now there’s not enough to dress a 4.5 ft tall tree.

Who the heck doesn’t own enough ornaments for a 4.5 ft tree?

Sigh. I took everything off the tree and made a list:

  • Fairy lights (paperwork for tree recommends a string of 300)
  • Tree skirt
  • actual frickin’ ornaments.
  • Tinsel? Garland? The silver ribbon we have is NOT working.

And here I thought my holiday spirit would be enough…

I Wasn’t Kidding

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Christmas Street at the downtown Vancouver HSBC

I knew from seeing the signs in September that HBC was going to open it’s Christmas Street store October 1st. I wondered whether I’d be able to resist going in to check it out.

One of the stars in a certain home decor guru’s line

Blame it on the fact that I get bored easily during my lunch hour, because I’ve been. Twice. Took notes even.

Set aside the fact that it seems totally inappropriate to put out Christmas decor before Thanksgiving or Halloween, and what do you have? Well, a lot of fun actually. The displays are well done, the colours interesting, and it’s not completely reliant on cheap plastic fiddly bits. Considering that I’m in the midst of pre-Christmas planning right now (because if it doesn’t happen by December 1st, it ain’t getting done!) this is a GOOD THING. Yeah, I know I’m nuts.

Just one thing – the Nutcracker Corridor of Horror has gotta go.

Better photos here