We are so excited and happy that you will be with us virtually for the holiday season. We are very blessed to have you join us, wherever you are.
We begin the holiday season with the festival of lights “Diwali” in late November. Your holiday mum comes from an East Indian background, and this the one holiday I like to the start the season with. It’s a great gathering to start with because it means overcoming darkness though light. Its love, positivity, and hope for everyone. Its all really easy and fun to celebrate, we place candles in window panes to encourage light into our homes and hearts. We will all (regardless of ethnicity and orientation) dress in our finest bollywood outfits. We will start with home-made somosas your grandmother and I made and order Indian take out for the rest. We will all enjoy the night and celebrate the light coming into our lives.
After we have digested the Indian food, we will then go to Canadian tire and pick this years addition our Christmas village. It’s a democracy so your input is very important. Its all about strategy and scale, sometimes we cant decide so we buy a couple and everyone tries to explain/justify as to why their choice should be close to the main square.
Your dad and grandpa are big chocolate fans so after Canadian tire the next trip is to get to an advent calendar at the mall. Since our little guy is only three this is the year he also gets an advent calendar. We will examine every calendar at the mall for quality and design. Again it’s a democracy, everyone including the grandparents will have the same calendar.
At this point, being a mum, I will check in to make sure everyone is fully hydrated, sleeping well, and eating their veggies. Christmas can be stressful and so commercial. I want to make sure you know you are loved and we are thinking of you. You are always in our thoughts and your well-being matters to us.
Once the house is decorated, your holiday dad will put up the fake tree we bought at Canadian Tire a couple of years ago. We will spend some time placing the ornaments on the tree. We collect ornaments, so each year any new ornament will be discussed and placed strategically. We look forward to what ornament you will be adding to the tree and what it means to you. Once the house is decorated, we shut off the lights and head to the airport.
Pack your swimmers, we are heading to Palm Springs for the first Christmas celebration. We have it all planned out, but your input is important, yep another democracy. Christmas eve will be at the pool, and then we will be meeting up with some other folks for Christmas day buffet at a local hotel. We like buffets, you can have whatever you want, we have a vegetarian, gluten free and picky toddler so this works very well.
After Christmas and boxing day shopping, we will then head back and celebrate news years with the rest of the family, this is another big celebration, early Ukrainian Christmas. Your holiday dad is half Ukrainian and your holiday grandma will make the perogies and cabbage rolls from scratch. It’s a very special time, as we discuss what the year will bring for us and especially for you. We look forward to hearing all your plans, goals and your wish list. We are so looking forward to seeing the bright future you have ahead of you. We are also proud that you are true to yourself and despite any setbacks in the last year you are heading into the new year with renewed hope. Your holiday mum and dad are from very different backgrounds and upbringing but what brings us together with you are our values. Via Holiday Mom, you are always welcome here virtually in our home!
Love your holiday mum,