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Happy Christmas.


And I’m off. I’m up extra painfully early this morning to fly off to the Great White North, where I’ll be spending Christmas with my folks and a few rellies at my Auntie Dini and Uncle Tony’s home on Bouchie Lake. I can’t wait.

I’m going to try to take a bit of a digital detox while I’m away, so I’ll see you in the New Year (or when I fail miserably at my detox, whichever comes first).

Until then…have a cozy, delicious Christmas and New Year. I hope you’re surrounded by your very favourite people…and endless food and wine.

Thanks so much for reading — today, this year, and always.



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.

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may your days be merry and bright

HappyforBlog copyHappy Christmas, friends! I didn’t manage to get all my Christmas posts written this year, on account of things getting crazy in my world. Some (more!) big changes are underway–more on that in the next few days–and it’s been an exhausting and emotional month. But now I’m holed up at my parents’ place, surrounded by my nearest and dearest and enjoying my first big family Christmas in years and years.

Wherever you are, I hope your holidays are filled with lots of good food and great people.

Thanks for making 2013 this little blog’s best yet. Check back soon! Big things in store for 2014.



I’ll be home for Christmas.

Snow Angels I miss Melbourne all the time, but as Christmas approaches, I’m so glad to be back in Canada. Although Christmas in summer certainly has some redeeming qualities, it just never felt right to me. “Silly season” is fun, to be sure, but it wasn’t Christmas

This year, my mum’s side of the family will be getting together at my parents’ house in Kelowna, and I couldn’t be happier. My brother and sister-in-law are coming, and my aunt and uncle, and my cousins Meg and Hannah and their guys. Christmas is going to be huge this year–Christmaganza big (only one of my readers will catch that reference). I’m making up for two lost Northern-Hemisphere Christmases. It’s been even more years since we’ve all spent the holidays under the same roof. I. Can. Not. Wait.

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