A Whole Lot of Christmas

Finding the perfect Christmas tree

So anyone who knows me, or who’s been reading CTS regularly, or has visited my Pinterest, knows that I’ve gone a bit Buddy the Elf on Christmas this year. I’m feeling the holiday spirit big time this year, in a way I haven’t in many years. Last Christmas, I was in a pretty dark place, and before that I was in Australia, where I had a tough time feeling very Christmassy.

If you need a little help with getting yourself into the festive spirit – or need help finding last-minute gifts – here’s a roundup of all my Christmas content this year, plus a bit of extra holiday goodness.

Gift Guides:

For all the loveliest ladies in your life

For the discerning gentlemen on your list

For Vancouverites

For me (or young ladies like me…) 

For the jet-setter (from 2013) 

Other Stuff:

Some organizations worthy of your charitable dollars (as a gift or just because)

The best holiday movies: part one

The best holiday movies: part two

Christmas Music

I used to make everyone Christmas CDs every year, and they were a hit. These days, though, most people don’t even have a device that plays CDs (how weird is that?), so the tradition has died. Here, then, is my favourite Christmas playlist. 


Herman Gingerbread

My family’s longest-standing holiday tradition, other than It’s a Wonderful Life, is making gingerbread cookies, though this one has fallen off somewhat in recent years. The recipe below is ‘Tried & True since 1980’ (or so says the recipe card in my mum’s recipe box).

1 c. shortening

1 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 egg

1 c. molasses

2 Tbsp. vinegar

4-5 cups flour (to correct consistency)

1 1/2 tsp soda

1 Tbsp ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

Cream or blend shortening, sugar, salt. Stir in egg, molasses and vinegar. Beat well. Sift together dry ingredients into another bowl. Stir into molasses mixture. Chill dough for approx 3 hours. Roll 1/8 ” thick. 350 F. for about 6 mins. Let cool. Decorate!

(Feeling festive yet?)

P.S. If you need some help with gift wrapping ideas, check out my friend Jess’ blog for a beautiful but simple way to make your gifts the prettiest ones under the tree.

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