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the Xmas tree starts it all

Thanks to the cookie swap coming up in one short week and availability of transport (courtesy of my sister’s & nephew’s visit this weekend by van), Xmas decorating has begun in its foetal stages.  With the patience of a snail’s mother, Julie & Josh walked with us through the Eaton Centre, from one end, where Crappy Tire & Sears had their trees, to the other, where the Bay had theirs.  After some discussion and waiting for help, we picked up a 7′ with pre-lit white lights for $317.33 (that’s after 25% off and tax added).  The lights are displayed such that as you move around the room, they seem to flicker on their own.  Quite pretty though at the moment, bare:

Xmas Tree Xmas Tree

But why did we buy a new Xmas tree?

A note I never received at an apartment complex I no longer live at:
“[Dear Resident…We are cleaning out the basement this weekend.  If you have anything stored there that you wish to keep, please remove it before Friday.  Otherwise, we will consider it unwanted and dispose of it.  Thank you, Management.]”

I need to get some ornaments for the tree.  We’re thinking one colour, to keep some uniformity and simplicity to it.  But I’m torn between aesthetics and meaningfulness.  Which one is more important?


A festive event

With the purchase of our condo and the holidays coming up, I wanted to have everyone over to celebrate.  Unfortunately, I used up the housewarming party theme when we first moved in as renters (would it be uncouth to do it a 2nd time expecting gifts?  …. yes, yes it would).  So aside from just your standard Xmas get-together, I wracked my brain for original ideas.  Then, one morning while watching Breakfast Television, it came to me (as they were doing a segment on it):

Xmas Cookie Swap invitation

Invite everyone to a Xmas Cookie Swap!

Ok, so it’s not that original.  In fact, people have been doing cookie exchanges for decades.  My mom is involved in at least one or two every holiday season.  But it’s new to my generation, independent of our parents, at least in my neck of the woods.  (Aside:  why has that idiom cropped up in my last two posts?)

Now, the question left is:  What kind of cookies will be the most delicious?

A tribute to Hallowe’en

I don’t think I’ve voluntarily dressed up in a costume since before my age was into the double digits.  I haven’t carved a pumpkin or pulled out its guts (eww!) and baked them since I was forced to as a teacher at a school attempting to immerse international adult students into our culture.  I’ve never understood what the ‘fun’ expected of this holiday (not even;  do you get a day off work?) is.  You can probably surmise that I don’t care for this particular sort of yearly endeavour.

However, because of finding myself continuously swimming upstream during Hallowe’en, I’ve not only entered an almost hypnotic regression to find the root of my costume disgust (didn’t work, btw),  but also challenged myself to find three things I like about Hallowe’en.  So here they are:


Who doesn’t love this movie?  Crackheads who hate Hallowe’en, that’s who!  Oh wait…


Clearly the best scare flick and scream queen of all time.


Ok, so they’re not associated with Hallowe’en, but they do wear costumes 24/7.

Happy Hallowe’en, Freaks (and Geeks).

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