Top three Christmas memories…so far!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! This will be the last of our posts to tide you all over until the new year. We will be off with our families making lots of memories, eating a ton, traveling and getting LOTS AND LOTS new blog posts to write about. So let’s make this post about Christmas past as we bring on the present(s) (ha! did you get it? Presents? Because it’s Christmas?)

There have been three that have certainly stuck out over my many trips around the sun…so let me waste no time and get started counting these Christmas/New Year’s memories down!

Holiday memory numero 3

When we were younger we used to only decorate our tree on Christmas Eve. Now that I think about it, it was probably more so my mom and dad didn’t have to deal with the messy needles for a long time; however, we would put on a Christmas movie, get into our pj’s from last year if they still fit, and sometimes even if they didn’t fit. Snuggled up on the couch, we would all get our little set of decorations that we acquired over the years. Dad would lie on the couch and wouldn’t move until all the decorations were on the tree, then he’d peel himself out of his spot in the corner of the sectional to place his Snoopy on the top of the tree right beside the angel. As our family changed over the years our tradition had to change. So now we have the annual trimming of one of our Christmas trees!

Big ol’ number 2 Christmas memory

The first time I was introduced to Cody’s family in Brampton was Christmas. We had just started dating and I was a little nervous. I mean, is everyone’s family as crazy and loud as mine? Will they like me? Looking back now I have no idea why I was so nervous. His family is so amazing and inviting, they are loving and I felt totally at home.

Every family event Auntie April gets Lindt chocolates specific for the event. Snowmen, or Santas for Christmas. Turkeys or leaves for Thanksgiving. Eggs or bunnies for Easter. Either way, after my first Brampton family event, everyone knows that they should just give me their chocolates, because one way or another I was going to end up eating them.

Family

NUMBER ONE!!!!

Was two years ago. Cody and I woke up prepared to spend the day with his mom, I was super excited this year because I was SO excited to give Cody is Excalibur cross-bow! Yup I had outdone myself that year! Early in the morning, around 6, I felt Cody get up, which isn’t unusual – I thought he would be making Christmas coffee. When he came back up and cuddled in he squeezed a little tighter. I snuggled in thinking we would just go back to sleep. Cody was restless and didn’t fall back asleep. At around 7:30 Cody started to whisper in my ear and he finally went downstairs to make coffee for us. He came back up and wanted to go down stairs to cuddle on the couch and watch some Christmas morning TV, which doesn’t exist people!!!!! We weren’t sitting on the couch long when Cody asked me to go and get him something from the fridge. I obliged! I went into the kitchen and opened the fridge, grabbed what I had come for and turned around. There was Cody on one knee and he looked so nervous! I asked him what he was doing. He was dumbfounded! How did I not see it?! He told me to go back in the fridge and look again. I opened the door and there sitting in front of a beer in the fridge on the top shelf RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE was a ring! THE ring!!!!!!! He asked me if I would marry him, he told me he loved me and wanted to be with me for the rest of our lives. I was so happy, and excited and shocked that I didn’t even reply, I grabbed the ring and put it on my finger and grabbed Cody!

The Ring

Best

Christmas

ever!!!!!!!!

Those are my favorite memories. Maybe this year, one of them will be knocked into fourth place.

‘Til the New Year everyone!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

~ Jacqui

Soundtrack for the season

I have a confession to make: I love Christmas music.

I have a playlist devoted entirely to Christmas music. When I was working, it was all that was in my MP3 player from November 1 until well into the New Year. I don’t wait until after November 11 to start it up, but I don’t feel disrespectful because it’s just for me, not for my store or my mall or my commercialism. It’s for my happiness. I am impatient until the local radio station flips over to being my “Home for the Holidays” and plays nonstop Christmas music. And on Boxing Day? December 26? When they abruptly, at 12 a.m., flip back over to complete non-Christmas music? I feel bereft, like someone pulled the plug on my drug and I’m left walking around in a kind of Christmas music hangover, where I know I’ve got my fill, yet, I still want more.

To help you firmly climb onto the Christmas music party bus, I’ve listed my top five songs of the season.

Nostalgia-filled – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)
As kids, we only had a few Christmas tapes (yes, tapes) that were played over and over and over. Boney M., New Kids On the Block (OH, YES), The California Raisins (no, seriously), and of course, Alvin and the Chipmunks. I used to know all the lyrics to Christmas Don’t Be Late, and I’m disappointed in how far I’ve fallen. I will relearn the words. I will know it by heart again. I will not let Dave down!

Whimsy pick – I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
There’s something that I desperately wish we could have for a pet – a hippopotamus. I feel like they would overcome our allergy issue and would make a fabulous house guest. In fact, this commercial practically proves my point. Ben disagrees. But Gayla Peevey? She’s got my number. And it’s a toe-tapper as well. Win-win.

Christmas cheese – Same Old Lang Syne
There needs to be some songs that make you weep and cringe at the same time, and for me, it’s this song. I love how cheesy it is, how incredibly corny and cliched and sad and that it’s a story about a lonely Christmas Eve between two ex-lovers. It’s everything that Christmas is – beautiful, hard, achy, lovely. I unabashedly love this terrible song.

Reason for the season – I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
In a past life I sang in church choirs a minimum of two times a week. Every year, we’d of course put our heart and soul into celebrating Jesus’ birth with music. This song, by this incredible group, Casting Crowns, gives me goosebumps every time I hear it and singing it? Shivers. He is the reason and this song encapsulates the feeling that surrounds Christmas.

Holy crap pick – Little Drummer Boy
Every once in a while a group of artists surprise you, fascinate you and make you sit back in awe. Pentatonix is this group for me. This song, although not one of my Christmas favourites, was the first song I heard this group sing and I immediately had to share them, watch and rewatch them and weep in gratitude when a friend gave me a copy of their first Christmas album. They are awesome. And all of the songs on their Christmas playlist are amazing. Seriously.

I hope your Christmas is merry, bright, and filled with music that only comes around once a year.

~ Julia

Mr. Right

Smart.

First boyfriend to have a licence AND a car. Dreamy

First boyfriend to have a licence AND a car. Dreamy.

Good father.

Dressing our first for the first time.

Dressing our first.

Funny.

145

Power struggle.

296

Hottie even when he’s silly.

120

Nice hat.

Ben Hat

And again…nice hat.

Good father.

Daddy and his girls.

Daddy and his girls.

Strong.

136

Sophie sitting on the ceiling.

267

Jungle-gym Daddy

322

Lillian flying high.

551

Unimpressed Christmas angel.

Ben Strong

Pipes.

Good father.

Father and son.

Father and son.

Handsome.

Smokin'.

Smokin’.

Good father.

Sophie hated water. Brave Daddy made it okay.

Sophie hated water. Brave Daddy made it okay.

 

Snow angels for Sophie.

Snow angels for Sophie.

 

Best snuggler. Ever.

Best snuggler. Ever.

 

Best bed. Ever.

Best bed. Ever.

 

Best heater. Ever.

Best heater. Ever.

 

Best lunch date. Ever.

Best lunch date. Ever.

Mr. Right for all the right reasons.

Seriously. Luckiest gal. Ever.

Seriously. Luckiest gal. Ever.

Happy Father’s Day to the best thing that’s ever happened to our family. You are awesome. Incredible. Amazing. And we’re so blessed you’re ours.

~ Julia