Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Ready for Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and here in Pleasantville we are holiday-ready.

The Christmas season started with the Toronto Santa Claus parade back in mid-November - once an annual tradition of trundling the kids downtown on transit, sitting on a cold concrete curb for hours bundled up in winter gear and huddled under blankets, now turned into a much cozier afternoon of Christmas baking and hot chocolate in front of the fire while we watch the parade on TV.

Santa's village, Christmas, Christmas decoration, Christmas train
We decorated the house - glittering gold ornaments dripping from every mirror and spilling out of every bowl on every surface of the house, our over-the-top tacky Santa's village and train track prominently displayed - and my husband hung the outdoor lights before the snow and ice made climbing two stories on a metal ladder a death-defying stunt.

The next weekend was our local small-town parade which we shivered through cheerfully.

Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus, storytime, Christmas, kids, family

Then the Town tree lighting ceremony - attended by the Mayor, Town Crier, and Santa himself - followed by storytime with Mrs. Claus, Christmas crafts, and a performance of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at the Town Hall.

We wrote and posted our letters to Santa and visited him at the mall for a shy visit and a photo. 

We put up and decorated our tree - not the beautifully coordinated magazine-worthy tree that lives in my head but the overfilled lopsided one weighed down with homemade macaroni and bead and craft foam ornaments that tells the story of our family and I wouldn't trade for any other in the world.

gingerbread house, Christmas, baking, candyWe've been baking for weeks - shortbread and gingerbread and candy cane cookies and mint bars - and we decorated our gingerbread house with more icing and candy than cookie.

I have even - for the first time in recorded history - finished my Christmas shopping prior to Christmas Eve.

We are ready for Christmas!

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