Archive for the ‘Christmas North’ Category

Dealing with Christmas Debt

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

I just bought my first Christmas gift for next year – it was the perfect item for a particular family member! And it got me thinking about an all-too-familiar phenomenon: Christmas debt.
You know the scenario. You start out with a strict budget for your Christmas shopping (or Christmas craft supplies!) You discover that the [...]

Merry Christmas 2009

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Hope your Christmas 2009 was a healthy, safe and merry one!
Thanks for sharing this Christmas season with me – hope to see you next year…

Christmas Chaos Conquers All (Almost)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Well, in spite of my good intentions and my great beginning with my blog, life caught up with me and I haven’t been able to squeeze a square minute into updating Christmas North this last week.  BUT – I did manage to mail half my Christmas cards (usually I don’t, blush blush) AND – I [...]

Fake Christmas Tree or Real: Which Is Right For You?

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Do you prefer a fake Christmas tree… or a real one? No matter what you answer, you’ll most likely agree that, somehow, the family Christmas tree seems to be the heart of Christmas. The fairy lights add to the enchantment… and for some people, cutting down the tree is part of the ritual.
I admit, I [...]

Christmas in Oz

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

by Christine Holroyd
My parents separated many years ago, so I try to juggle things there, and my brother lives in Western Australia, too far away. We don’t get to see him for Christmas any more, which saddens me somewhat. My Dad usually spends Christmas Eve with us, staying overnight; and lately, we’ve had lovely evening [...]

Hitting the Forest Trail

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Hitting the forest trail is one of the best family activities to do, during the Christmas season. It doesn’t matter whether you have 3 feet of snow, which we usually do in the Canadian north (we resort to cross-country skies – though I’ve always preferred snowshoes) or a light dusting “barely enough to cool a [...]

A Very Unusual Christmas Ornament

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Today – on Thanksgiving – I received a very unusual Christmas Decoration. When I put my Christmas tree up, I’ll be blessed by a very special little boy smiling at me from my tree. His name is Charlie, and he has Down syndrome.
How did I get to meet Charlie? Through Reece’s Rainbow, a non-profit [...]

Christmas Activities for Children: The Hidden Benefits

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

There’s one huge hidden benefit to creating and getting involved in Christmas activities for children. Even though they initially might insist they want to watch the latest mesmerizing program on TV (and you feel tired enough to secretly want this yourself), you’ll find you won’t have to handcuff them, to get them hooked into a [...]

Dysfunctional Family Christmas Gift Ideas

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Although our family of artists, writers, musicians (and one lonely little plumber) are occasionally viewed as “eccentric”, probably only 100% left-brained people would be quick to label all of us, except one, as truly “dysfunctional”. (And that one isn’t the plumber!)
However, a traumatic family event with a bittersweet ending prompted me to submit a story [...]

When Christmas Scenery Goes AWOL

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Well, this is a miracle! November 21 – and not a flake of snow in sight. Usually, Northern Ontario has seen at least a few decent snowfalls by now – but I’m not complaining!
In recent years, snow has started here in October – and stayed right through till April/May. And yet I’m feeling more “Christmas-y” [...]