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 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 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”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 9 – Star Guidance

Stars have long been spiritual symbols of divine guidance and protection for many religions all over the world including the star of Bethlehem which we also know as the Christmas star.  In Christian tradition, the Star of Bethlehem, revealed the birth of Jesus to three wise men who followed it to meet the new King. Continue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 9 – Star Guidance”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 8 – When Palm Trees are your Christmas Tree

I have had the good fortune of travelling to many foreign places, and I don’t believe anything has been more disorienting for me than experiencing Christmas where there are palm trees. Hearing Christmas songs like “Dashing through the snow, in a one horse-open sleigh” being played over loud speakers while I am strolling in flipContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 8 – When Palm Trees are your Christmas Tree”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 7 – The Christmas Market

When did Christmas Markets become a thing? To my great delight, it seems that every town and city around me with a thriving hub of artisans, food producers, and hand made goods is opening up the public square to offer local populations a gratifying outdoor shopping experience this winter. The pandemic has made us moreContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 7 – The Christmas Market”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 6 – Inner Peace at Christmas

In the past, I have gone a little crazy at Christmas. Okay – a lot crazy. Those were years where I was aiming for spectacular, and perfection and my motivation was very much ego-driven. Alas I am older and wiser now and I find much more fulfillment in focusing on the true meaning of Christmas,Continue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 6 – Inner Peace at Christmas”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 5 – The Spirit of Giving

At this time of the year, we are reminded of how meaningful it is to be in the “spirit of giving”. Certainly, our minds turn to adequately expressing how much our loved ones matter in our lives. In our desire to express an intangible feeling, we sometimes feel helpless and resort to buying extravagant giftsContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 5 – The Spirit of Giving”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 4 – Oh Christmas Tree!

Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? I usually get it up the first week of December but there have been years where we left it ’til very late. When you have children in the house the tree usually is decorated early but as empty nesters I remember a few years where we finallyContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 4 – Oh Christmas Tree!”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 3 – From Our Family to Yours…

I have always enjoyed writing, and looking back, I recall how I would look forward to writing assignments in school, even more demanding  essays and papers during University.  I usually was the first to volunteer to coordinate the production of newsletters for the social groups I belonged to and when those weren’t available, then IContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 3 – From Our Family to Yours…”

Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 1 – The BIG Story of Christmas

We find ourselves once again on December 1. For many, the day signals the start of the Christmas season. It’s time to get the tree up, and also to seek the treasure hidden behind door no. 1 on the Advent Calendar.  As for me, I have decided to take up the task once again ofContinue reading “Advent Calendar 2021 – Dec 1 – The BIG Story of Christmas”

Advent Calendar – Dec 24th: Final Comment

More than three weeks have passed since I started this Advent Calendar blog, faithfully delivering a post each day to follow through on my promise. It has been a very interesting experience, and I confess that I had not considered all the challenges an Advent Calendar blog could present when I came up with theContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 24th: Final Comment”

Advent Calendar – Dec 23: Toby the Cat

Did you know I am an ailurophile? I will say that my husband is as well, and others in my family. This is the term used to describe a cat lover, derived from the Greek word “ailouros” which means cat and the suffix “phile“, meaning lover. While I don’t discriminate against dogs, I must confessContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 23: Toby the Cat”

Advent Calendar – Dec 22nd: The Music of Your Life

“Hey Google, Play Jewel 98.5” And just like that, our favourite radio station is pulled in from the airwaves, and begins to fill the room with music, and we go about our business, having never even moved from our seat to turn on the radio. For the millennials reading this article, it used to beContinue reading “Advent Calendar – Dec 22nd: The Music of Your Life”

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