Christmas 2020

There are obviously many ways that Christmas has looked different for our family this year. We feel very fortunate to have our girls - little kids bring a certain magic to the Christmas holidays and have kept us focused on celebratory things. One (non-COVID difference) for us this year was getting to look forward to… Continue reading Christmas 2020

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Favourite Christmas Books

Books are always a big part of Christmas in our family. We give them, we get them, we are excited to bring out our box of Christmas books that gets stored away each year. While I always give the girls books for Christmas, they are very rarely Christmas books. Sometimes they'll get one or two… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Favourite Christmas Books

The Great Christmas Tree Hunt 2020

2020 may have changed a lot of things but it hasn't changed one of my favourite Christmas traditions. The Great Christmas Tree Hunt! This is where we go and find a tree on the Crown lands near the power lines (which they have to clear out periodically anyway) and we cut it down and bring… Continue reading The Great Christmas Tree Hunt 2020

Merry Christmas to All!

Hello and Happy Holidays! It's the night before Christmas Eve and life is a little chaotic in our house. This is a busy season for me at work and Peter and Rose are both battling illnesses. Presents are wrapped and stockings ready to be filled tomorrow night. There won't be homemade cinnamon buns on Christmas… Continue reading Merry Christmas to All!

Book Review: A Literary Christmas

A Literary Christmas: An Anthology This lovely volume from the British Library is filled with Christmas tidbits. Poems and songs and short stories, as well as snippets from larger works. There are some of the expected authors - Christina Rossetti, Charles Dickens - and some less so, such as D.H. Lawrence or the forgotten (by… Continue reading Book Review: A Literary Christmas

Advent

We are two weeks away from Christmas and excitement is growing in our house. This past weekend we drove out on the logging roads and cut down a Christmas tree. Our house is lit with candles and smells like Douglas fir. We have a very excited three-and-a-half year old. The Great Christmas Tree Hunt of… Continue reading Advent

Christmas 2017

Happy New Year! Back in October, or November, I intended to share a little about how our family is adjusting to life with two little ones. But I never seemed to have the time or energy to sit down and write a post...so that probably tells you what you need to know about life with… Continue reading Christmas 2017

Book Review: The Fox at the Manger by P.L. Travers

This 20th century Christmas fable comes from the author of Mary Poppins and offers a similar quaint story with a British flavour. The story is really made up of two parts - the opening set is set on Christmas Eve at St. Paul's Cathedral. The first Christmas Eve service since the end of World War… Continue reading Book Review: The Fox at the Manger by P.L. Travers

Snow Day (and other Christmasy moments)

We don't get a lot of snow in our part of Canada and when we do it tends to melt away pretty quickly. Despite seeing snow in the forecast, it was a lovely surprise to look outside this morning and realize the white stuff really was coming down. Pearl's seen snow just once before in… Continue reading Snow Day (and other Christmasy moments)