Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

We are still in the swing of celebration.


Mr. Turkey is smelling delicious already.  I’m cooking him early because he’s not quite thawed all the way.  I forgot to plan a day for Lorraine to start thawing the turkey while we were away, so he didn’t come out of the freezer until the 26th.

We had such a great visit with everyone in Scarborough/Bowmanville.  Luckily, my sister and BIL got their power back on the 23rd.  It was a quiet Christmas day at my Grandma’s because most of the aunts and uncles were busy elsewhere this year.   Sadly, my Grandma seemed a lot older this year, even from July.


Hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas!

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I thought I’d share the highlights of our Christmas so far:

Christmas eve day found Colin and me heading for Toronto.  Ella had gone down with Grandma because she didn’t think it fair that Grandma drive down alone.  We drove through a winter wonderland.  Unfortunately the closer we got to Toronto the greener things got.  The grass in Toronto actually looked like it needed mowed again.

It was so wonderful to go to midnight Mass at our home church of St. Mary Magdalene.  St. Mary’s has a nice new priest, but I miss Father Harold.  It’s also getting sad because the people that remember my family are slowly leaving this world.  My Grandpa Rees was a member of the ritual choir.  His sister, Auntie Ella, was a member of the gallery choir under Healey Willan.  My Grandma was basically raised by the Sisters at the church school (after her family moved to Manitoba).   My Dad was a ‘boat boy‘ (I have a picture somewhere) and even my Mom was Confirmed there before her wedding. We left Ella at home with Daddy and Uncle Stefan, she decided ‘midnight mouse’ wasn’t something for someone only 5, maybe she would try next year when she’s ‘almost 7’.

As per usual, Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan spoiled us all terribly.  Ella’s favourite gift was the new Pet Pal 2 game for her Explorer.  Her next favourite gift and the one she can’t wait to get into is a Magic Kit.

Millie the cat loved the felted mouse I knitted for her.  I’ve never seem Millie play so much.  And before you ask, Millie has been on diet cat food for years, it seems she’s just big  🙂

All our presents were well received.  Uncle Stefan really seemed to like his Tardis socks.  I got a fabulous gift from Belinda and Stefan – a yarn swift!!  It’s been on my list for a while.  It’s great.

Which is great when you see what I got from Colin and Grandma:

Grandma got me enough Berroco Vintage to make this sweater.  That’s right, a sweater for me!!  It’s hard to tell in the picture, but it’s a beautiful blue/teal.  The marble is also a hat for me (new Piecework pattern).  I’m trying to decide if the Knit Picks wools (middle row) got together.  I have a shawl pattern I want to make and can’t decide if these would work or if I should buy more wool.

Off to Great Grandma’s.  Uncle Dennis (great uncle to Ella) gave her a great Melissa and Doug building block set. Now she’s got 100 multi-shaped blocks to build her castles.  Cozy jammies and slippers from Great Grandma were welcome too.

A nice quiet evening at Petra’s, our favourite Bowmanville area B&B.  Petra even left a present for Ella.  Ella loves Martin’s fish.

After a nice visit with my dad and step-mom we had an uneventful trip home.  Christmas presents opened at home and some more Melissa and Doug.  Grandma got Ella a really cool cupcake set.  Ella can even use marker ‘icing’ tubes to decorate the tops.

Ella loved the fairy house I made for her.  She really liked the peg people too, but will be happier when I get the faces painted.  Next time I’m in Ottawa I have to pick up some plastic canvas though because the base didn’t felt enough to stand on it’s own.

Grandma caught Ella mid thank you hug, but she looks so happy I had to share this one.

We are having a wonderful Christmas.  Lots of time with family and just enjoying the Season.  Not looking forward to getting back to work when it’s over.

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Merry Christmas!!

Hope everyone is enjoying a blessed Christmas day with loved ones.

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Our Tree

I forgot to share a picture of this year’s Christmas tree.  It’s an 8 foot beauty and so far it’s not dropping needles (knock on wood).

Ella surprised me with an early Christmas present, two new ornaments.  And considering the great help she’s being with the baking, they are very appropriate.

And now Figaro has her favourite sleeping spot back.

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Another Christmas present to share this week.

I finally got Grandma’s shawl blocked.  It’s much finer looking than the one in the pattern, but I like it a lot.  I did change the edging, I just didn’t like the way the original one was working.  But that’s the beauty of knitting, you don’t have to follow ALL the directions for it to turn out.  I used a ball of the Misti Alpaca hand paint sock wool.  I know what you are thinking “but it has alpaca”, it’ll be ok because Grandma lives in a turtle neck and sweatshirt from September to July.  This shawl will never actually touch skin  🙂

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A word of warning, if you are one of my immediate family members STOP reading this post right now.  Come back tomorrow  🙂

I’ve been busy for a while now planning and knitting this year’s Christmas presents.  I love making hand made presents.

Hats for the guys.  Fair Isle one for Colin’s nephew Jared.  Cable one for Grandpa Jack and the watch cap one for Uncle Glenn.

Felted oven mitts for Grandma Isobel and Auntie Lizzy.  I love making felted things.  It’s so much fun to put this giant ‘thing’ into the washing machine and have it come out something else.

For the amazing Uncle Stefan I made Tardis Socks!  He is a huge Dr. Who fan and will love these.

Another felted project.  This bag is for Auntie Belinda.  I used Briggs & Little instead of the usual Paton’s Classic Wool.  It felted beautifully, but be warned.  A lot of colour came out in the water.  Luckily it was the only thing in the machine at the time.

I can’t seem to find the picture of niece Brittany’s purse, so here’s the Ravelry link.  Don’t worry about having an account, I’ve discovered how to share stuff there without you guys needing an account.  I still have to line the purse, but that will take no time.

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The Adoration of the Magi, 1619 Giclee Print
The Adoration of the Magi, 1619

Today is Epiphany,  we celebrate the arrival of  the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem.





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Today is the last day of the Christmas holiday.  Today is the day for putting the house back into order.  The decorations come down and we say goodbye to the tree -though it will sit in a snowbank for a long time yet.  It feels good to get the house back to normal but it’s been a lovely Christmas season.

In the Middle Ages tonight would be a wild celebration.  Twelfth Night was a time when the Lord of Misrule was in charge and the high and mighty became low.  Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was written to perform for the Twelfth Night celebrations.

Twelfth Night Giclee Print by Jan Miense Molenaer – AllPosters.ca.

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Happy New Year

Wishing every one a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!!


To Wish you a Happy New Year Snowball Fight Scene Giclee Print – AllPosters.ca.


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St. Stephen’s Day

Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the feast of Stephen.
Good King Wenceslas Giclee Print
Good King Wenceslas

We’re having a lovely 2nd day of Christmas.  Auntie Belinda and Uncle Stefan joined us for the morning before heading back to Scarborough.  Hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season.

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