Category: Holidays

Festive AF

I’ve always been known to be a bit of a Grinch. There have been years where I’ve even refused to have a tree in my house. I haven’t wanted to bake. I’ve banned Christmas music from my house, car and office. I’ve had no interest in participating in the holiday at all.

But something weird happened this fall. The second November hit, I started to feel this strange itch to decorate for the holidays. To put up my tree, bust out the twinkle lights, start baking and watching those horrible Hallmark holiday movies.

I wanted snow on the ground. Okay, I wanted snow on the lawns and rooftops, but not on streets, sidewalks or driveways, but you get the idea.

It’s been a little unsettling to feel the urge to be festive at all, let alone this early, but there I was. Setting my Christmas tree up the day after Remembrance Day. Tuning my radios to the all Christmas music stations. Pinning cookie recipes. I’ve even hung twinkle lights in my damn windows.

Why have I been feeling like this? Because this past year has been a giant dumpster fire. It’s time for some festivity and joy, damnit. I’m done with the bullshit cesspool that is 2018.

If I have to shed my Grinchy ways to get a break from all this terrible, horrible, very bad year, then that’s what I’m going to do. Bring on the twinkle lights, cheesy movies and overplayed Christmas carols. I’m going to squeeze every last bit of joy out of this time of year. Who’s with me?

 

 

Things I Love About October

October

It’s October 1st and I can’t believe how much October love I’ve seen today. Autumn is by far my favourite season and September and October are by far my favourite months. Here are some of the things I love about October:

  • Leaves changing colour: When I lived in Australia, I didn’t get to see the same colour change in the leaves in the Autumn (plus, October isn’t Autumn in Oz). I love the colours of autumn, especially the oranges and reds of October.
  • Cooler temperatures: I love sweater and scarf weather, and while I’m not a huge fan of the frigid winter temperatures, I love the cooler, cozier weather of October.
  • Saturday trips to the country: Nothing beats a trip to the farm markets, apple orchards or pumpkin patches in October. I love buying harvest produce, going apple picking or choosing the perfect pumpkin. As a kid, my parents would take us out for walks in the fields, tractor rides and to play in hay bale mazes. Not going to lie, I still love doing all of those things.
  • Thanksgiving: Canadian Thanksgiving falls in October. It’s one of my favourite holidays, because it’s not as chaotic as Christmas, not as busy as Easter and is the first long weekend after things go ‘back to normal’ after summer. When my brothers and I were in college and uni, it was also the first weekend when we’d all be home from school. Oh, and there’s always pie.
  • Halloween: I love the fun of Halloween; decorating, carving pumpkins, going to Halloween parties and handing out candy to trick-o-treaters. Not to mention scary movie marathons and the Simpsons’ Tree House of Horror specials.

Do you love October? What are your favourite things about this time of year?

Secret Santa

My dad’s parents settled in the north end of the city shortly after they were married.  They were married in September 1956, so their first married Christmas happened just a few months after their wedding.  A few days before December 25th that year, my grandparents received a notice from the department store Sears that their stove had been paid off.   They asked around, trying to find out who had been so generous by paying off their stove, but no one seemed to have any idea who’d paid it.  It was a mystery.

The next Christmas, my grandparents were celebrating their first Christmas as parents.  It was my dad’s very first Christmas.  Again, a few days before Christmas, they received a delivery from Sears.  It was a Christmas present for my Dad, from this secret Santa.  My grandparents still had no idea where the special deliveries were coming from.  By each Christmas growing up, my dad and his siblings would always receive a mystery delivery from this generous secret Santa.

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VodkaGirls Blog Swap: Easter Edition

Hiiii!
I’m Katie. You might (or might not) know me from my (lack of a) blog at KatieBlogs.com. I’m also (sort of) a member of the Vodka Girls Channel. I say sort of because I haven’t exactly been showing my face in videos recently.

Sads.

But I have a good reason.

This blog post isn’t about that reason.

This blog post IS about the glorious holiday that is hurrying toward us at a startling speed.

Some might say it’s HOPPING toward us.

I crack myself up.

Just in case you haven’t caught on; Sunday is Easter.

I was raised Catholic, so Easter typically marks the day when I can finally eat candy, drink soda, curse at my mom, or hit my brother again as it marks the end of Lent. As I’ve grown older, I still celebrate the majority of the religious Holidays, so long as they earn me a day off from work.

Though when you work for yourself you don’t ever get a day off. My boss is an asshole but at least she’s hot.

*wink*.

Anyway. Easter. It’s always been a family holiday for me. As long as I can remember, my mom has cooked a huge dinner. Sometimes ham. Sometimes turkey. Always delicious. And more importantly always sweet potatoes. When I was smaller, there were Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Bonnets. As I grew up, there were Easter Baskets and cute little outfits. Even though where we have Easter has changed over the years, the main focus of sharing the Holiday with family has remained the same.

This year is no different. I’ll be heading down to my mom’s bright and early on Sunday morning. (Seriously. About 4 AM. I’m seeing Blue October in concert in Atlantic City on Saturday night. Woo!) I think I’ve been a good girl this year, so the Easter Bunny will be visiting me with a basket of goodies I’m sure. I have no shame in the fact that I’m 27 and still expecting an Easter Basket.

I hope he brings me a LoveSac.

And I will eat Ham. Or Turkey. Or whatever Mom makes.

And maybe sit on my LoveSac.

And definitely eat Sweet Potatoes.

Happy Easter, friends!