Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 24 – Joy to the World

I have had the chance to do a great deal of reflection over the last 24 days on the significance of Christmas in our lives today. As I researched and worked on this daily Advent Calendar blog it brought me closer to understanding the true meaning of Christmas, and I believe it is about learningContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 24 – Joy to the World”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 23 – Christmas is my Love Language

Love language is a concept that describes the ways people receive and express love in relationships,  According to Dr Gary Chapman who developed this concept as a result of years of relationship counselling, most of us have one or two preferred love languages and knowing what resonates most intensely with the people in your lifeContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 23 – Christmas is my Love Language”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 22 – Twenty-Two Gifts of Self-Care for Christmas

Any event, whether positive or negative, can have an impact on a person’s  level of stress and can even temporarily deplete health and energy. While Christmas has long been a stress-inducing event, it has taken a back seat lately to other factors that have become big stressors of modern times. Time will generally allow forContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 22 – Twenty-Two Gifts of Self-Care for Christmas”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 21 – Welcoming the Winter Solstice

Good day, good health, the sun shines upon us! Indeed today is a day of celebration for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere. While December 21  may be the darkest day of the year in terms of hours of daylight available to us, this day being the winter solstice marks the beginningContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 21 – Welcoming the Winter Solstice”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 20 – Nobility and Perseverance

I am not exactly sure when I started noticing reindeer as a Christmas symbol, beyond just the figure pulling Santa’s sleigh but my fascination with reindeer has grown over the last few years, and I have been compelled to dig deeper into its significance and symbolism not just as it relates to Christmas but alsoContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 20 – Nobility and Perseverance”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 19 – The Exceptional Simplicity of Being in the Moment

It is said that a key to living a joyful life is to focus on the simplicity that is life and not get caught up in its complications. That would be the message resonating most with me at this time of the year – that the true meaning of Christmas lies in the simple joysContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 19 – The Exceptional Simplicity of Being in the Moment”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 18 – Christmas Candy

Candy is a big favourite around the holidays. We stuff it in stockings, give it as gifts, put it on our dessert tables, and set it out for Christmas parties.  I remember when hard candy mixes were standard fare in most homes at Christmas and my aunt’s best china or crystal dishes were filled withContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 18 – Christmas Candy”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 17 – Bells Will Be Ringing….

The sound of sleigh bells, church bells and chimes always evoke warm memories of Christmas and winter for me and whether they jingle, jangle or chime, their sound is distinctive and conjures up feelings of peace and joy within .  Long ago, as early as the Middle Ages, bells were part of everyday life andContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 17 – Bells Will Be Ringing….”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 16 – Le Réveillon

As a French-Canadian, I grew up with a slightly different version of the Christmas traditions I have been writing about in this Advent Blog. Nowadays, people recognize the importance of preserving cultural heritage in a fast changing and modernized society and that means, passing down customs, practices and values of our community to the nextContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 16 – Le Réveillon”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 15 – Unique Flavours of Christmas

There are few things that can trigger memories the way certain tastes and aromas can, and in an instant transport us to events and places that have a strong connection to an emotion.The taste, smell, and even texture of food can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back memories not just of eating food itself but alsoContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 15 – Unique Flavours of Christmas”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 14 – Away in a Manger

Every home I visited at Christmas in my childhood had a nativity scene under the tree, and as children we naturally gravitated towards the miniature scene carefully examining the delicate figurines and rearranging them while the adults enjoyed their visit.  When I married, we inherited my husband’s childhood nativity scene from his family and itContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 14 – Away in a Manger”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 13 – Re-Defining Christmas Get Togethers

It’s the stuff that makes good movies – the protagonists overcoming obstacles of all kinds to reach their goal of being home for the holidays. They take planes, trains and automobiles to get home in time for dinner. Sometimes, the obstacles are too great, and Christmas is celebrated in company of strangers, in the mostContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 13 – Re-Defining Christmas Get Togethers”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 12 – Twelve Days of Christmas

How many of us have wondered about the lyrics to the  classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” while we sing the merry tune? Have you been asking yourself when it is that these 12 days actually take place, and why such an odd number of days and since we are on the subject, whatContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 12 – Twelve Days of Christmas”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 11 – Gifts That Make Memories

A recent study commissioned by the retail industry revealed that 64% of respondents said they had a traditional gift that they received every year. Many of these recurring gifts were practical ones,  such as sweets, gift card/money, books, self-care items and pyjamas.  When you are a kid, traditional gifts are appreciated but to be sureContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 11 – Gifts That Make Memories”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 10 – What Feels Natural

A few years back, we were introduced to the amaryllis flower by a friend who gifted a growing kit to us in the weeks leading up to Christmas. You have probably seen these kits in grocery and retail stores since they are often given as Christmas gifts or used as a holiday decoration. I likeContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 10 – What Feels Natural”

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