Christmas 2011: A Recap

I thought it would be nice to share some of the highlights of my Christmas. It really was great this year, lots of time with friends and family plus lots of relaxation time! First of all here is our tree Christmas morning surrounded by presents (we aren’t spoiled at all).

 

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Bruce really did spoil me rotten this year. He got me a new straightening iron, Garmin, running clothes, tons of books, movies, slippers, clothes, chocolate, and so much more!

 

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My parents gave me some great gifts as well, the most thoughtful was the 2 charms for my charm bracelet. They were both beautiful! Bruce’s mom gave me Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook Meals in Minutes which I can’t wait to dig into! Of course both his and my family spoiled us as well with lots of house ware and kitchen gifts, we only bought our house 2 years ago this month so those kind of gifts are much appreciated!

 

Over the holidays, which aren’t over for me until Jan 3, I did lots of reading, watching movies, and relaxing. This is my continued plan until Jan 3. haha I even did a little running, including a 10K race.

 

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We attended many holiday parties, including a family Christmas day party in a basement. So much fun!

 

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I did lots of eating, including 2 turkey dinners, Christmas brunches with 2 families, lasagne, and so much more. I was committed to Christmas eating, I am not a quitter! I think that indulging over the holidays with no guilt is important. Worrying about it does nothing, so while I think the posts about how to eat healthy during the holidays are great it just isn’t for me. If I want to eat cookies for breakfast at Christmas I am going to! It comes just once a year!

 

What I enjoyed most about this Christmas was really taking the time to enjoy it, spending lots of time relaxing with friends and family. We drove around last night drinking hot chocolate and looking at all the beautiful lights. Hopefully we’ll get to go on a night time walk through the park this weekend to see the lights there. Tomorrow will be spent entertaining some more friends and family who are coming to visit. The gifts are great and I am so thankful but time spent with those you love is what Christmas is all about!

 

How did you spend your holidays?

What was your favourite gift?

Any new user tricks you can tell me about my new Garmin? I just learned about autolap!

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Merry Christmas

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Wishing you and your family a joyous season! Smile Thank-you for continuing to visit my little piece of the blog world. You all truly mean the world to me and I couldn’t be more appreciative of your continued support. I hope the holiday season brings you all good health, happiness, and time spent with those you love!

 

Happy Holidays!

Red heart: Heidi

Christmas Survey

This has been all over my Google reader this week so I figured I’d participate to! Smile 

Egg nog or hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate – specifically white hot chocolate. I can’t have egg nog because I am lactose intolerant. Supposedly a soy version exists but you cannot get it here!

Does Santa wrap presents or sit them under the tree?

Santa wraps presents and always has!

Coloured lights on tree/house or white?

I like both but am partial to white a little more!

Do you hang a mistletoe?

Sure do! Smile

When do you hang your Christmas decorations up?

Whenever I have time, every year I wish I got them up earlier, maybe one day I will manage it! Case in point my tree is currently up but not decorated.

What is your favourite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Turkey soup that comes from the Christmas Turkey and any dessert!

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Favourite holiday memory as a child?

I can’t think of one in particular but I do have a lot of fond memories of visiting relatives and driving around looking at the lights. I also just had a memory of me organizing all my Christmas presents next to the tree when I was like 10 – some habits never die! haha

What is on your Christmas wish list?

See this post for my running related list. Other then that there are lots of books I want, hair stuff, clothes, slippers, and Starbucks Christmas blend! : ) I like to think I am easy to shop for I pretty much like anything practical.

Do you open gifts on Christmas eve?

All on Christmas day!

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

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This is last year’s tree, this year’s tree is not finished (please see above answer for issues with getting decorations up haha).

Snow? Love it or dread it?

Kinda love it, when it’s not inconvenient for me or when I have to drive! Cold weather and running aren’t my favourites. I enjoy snow at Christmas and the occasional snow storm, other then that after about Jan 15th I am over it and want sunshine!

Real tree or fake tree?

Fake, though I do love the smell of the real ones, just not the mess.

Do you remember your favourite gift?

Tough question I love all my gifts from everyone but I’d say my Kitchen aid Stand-Mixer would top my list! Smile

What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?

Spending time celebrating with friends and family of course, picture below is myself and the girls at our Christmas party last year!

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What is your favourite holiday dessert?

I have a new favourite – made these last week and making them again for our party this weekend!

What is your favourite tradition?

A tie between our Christmas party we have every year and Christmas Eve  just relaxing at home and friends pop by for a visit!

What tops your tree?

A star! : )

Which do you prefer giving or receiving?

Giving, I think I did a good job this year into putting a lot of thought into the gifts I bought for others which makes me really happy!

What is your favourite Christmas song?

I’ve actually done a lot of thinking about this one this week as a co-worker who I know occasionally reads this blog asked me and I had no answer. haha While I love Micheal Buble’s new Christmas album after careful consideration I would have to say Josh Groban’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas is at the top of my list.

Candy canes yuck or yum?

In other things like bark or hot chocolate yum – on their own not so much!

Favourite Christmas movie?

Elf! “Buddy the elf what’s your favourite colour”? Best.Line.Ever.

What do you leave for Santa?

Cookies and milk, plus a carrot for the Reindeer!

Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

Bruce and I get up and open gifts then we head to my moms for brunch!

Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?

I hate crowds so online for sure. But some of it has to be done at the mall/stores.

Christmas letter or card?

Christmas card, speaking of which I should probably mail those. I am so unprepared!

 

What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?

Tree – fake or real?

Favourite dessert, I want to see links! Smile

Are you ready for Christmas this year? I’ll be wrapping gifts Christmas Eve I am sure!

 

Now TAG – you’re it! Get to answerin’ the survey! Smile

Monday Mantra: Enjoy Every Second

I first of all want to say that Karl Wells was at my work today, judging a cookie competition! If you are not local then you have no idea who Karl Wells is but around these parts he’s a local food critic and weatherman aka kind of a big deal. haha I didn’t get a chance to bake cookies this weekend but I certainly enjoyed sampling my co-worker’s creations! My work is seriously the most fun!

 

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Speaking of fun, you know what’s really fun this time of year? Shopping….if your idea of fun is braving the crowds in minus ten degrees, with no parking, and those around you are in the most delightful of moods. A couple of weeks ago I was just really NOT feeling the Christmas spirit mostly due to shopping. Too many old men trying to run me down with shopping carts at Costco was making me get all philosophical. I kept saying to myself, really!?! is this REALLY what Christmas is about?! Believe me I love a gifts as much as the next person,  and I love giving them even more so shopping certainly is a requirement of Christmas and that’s fine with me. My issue lies in the fact that this time of year be it stress, the crowds, or the crazy amount of money spent turns normal human beings into idiots who forget what common human decency is about. That my friends is NOT what Christmas is about.

 

So before you think I’ve turned into a Grinch or worse yet have given up on the holidays altogether this story is going somewhere good. Last week I was waiting in yet another line up. I was on my lunch break and patiently waiting my turn to mail some cards at a post office. There was just one elderly woman ahead of me who had lots of packages and cards and then it was me. I just had 2 or 3 envelopes. When it was her turn to go she turned around to me and said sweetheart you go next, you look like you’re going back to work and I’m in no rush. I was shocked. It may seem like such a little thing – but to me, as jaded as I was with the season at that point, it turned my entire perception around. I felt like Cindy Lou Who when the Grinch turns it all around and she finally understands the meaning of Christmas. I of course told her I couldn’t possibly skip her in line and that I absolutely didn’t mind waiting but she insisted I go first. She made my day and my season a little brighter.

 

Religious beliefs aside, to me THAT is what Christmas should be about. The presents and the events that come a long with it are wonderful but what really matters is being kind to one and another and spending time with those you love. Whether that’s your friends, family, the family you create around you, or a stranger in a post office. So last week with the lady in the post office as my example I put a smile on my face and was kind to every stressed out person I met. I held doors, smiled and said thank-you to over-worked cashiers, let cars out ahead of me in traffic, and kept her in my mind as I went through my week. It is my belief that the one small act of kindness she did should always be paid forward. So along with my cheery attitude that probably made some shoppers cringe I went grocery shopping and  made a donation to my local food bank. I alluded to my mantra earlier in the week but wanted to fully discuss it here. My goal was to pay it forward and pass along a little bit of kindness into someone else’s Christmas. I will continue this goal throughout the season and I hope you will join me. You see I’m not perfect and I don’t claim to be, but I all think we could and should do something good for others when we can. I had forgotten that this Christmas and I am thankful I met stranger who reminded me.

 

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Monday Mantra: Enjoy Every Second

I made it one of my 25 for 25 goals to slow down and enjoy the moment and that’s my mantra this week. I am going to enjoy every second of preparation for our Christmas party this Friday and then will enjoy every moment of the holidays this weekend. It may seem easy enough to do but for me being mindful of not rushing things along takes a lot of work so a little reminder this week will help. I hope it will also help you!

 

Did you do any acts of kindness over the holidays or receive any? I’d love to hear stories!

Workout Plans Dec 19 – 25

So it has been another weekend full of dinners, parties, and fun! Friday was my work Christmas party, Saturday we had a dinner with a group of friends, and then it was one of my best friend’s 25th Birthday party after that! Other then that the weekend was spent house cleaning and decorating! It has been busy!

 

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I did workout today which I was proud of given how busy I have been. I managed to fit in 5 days of workouts this week which is great all things considered. Almost 22 miles in 5 days, not too shabby!

 

Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Miles) 3.5 5.03 4.34 3.5     5
Class              
Swimming (meters)              
Other              
               
Total Miles this week: 21.37            

 

This week like last is a maintenance week, workout when I can but no guilt if I don’t have time! I have a very busy week of work, finishing up shopping, and getting ready for our annual holiday party on Friday so I will do what I can! Here is the plan:

 

               
Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)   44 min 35 min 45 min 34 min    
Elliptical / Arc (Min) 40 min            
Class  Body Pump            
Swimming              
Biking               
               

 

I may move a few things around weather pending but hopefully I get through most of this. I am planning on going back to my normal regular plans in January of course to prep for my first race in April.

I so wish we had a Christmas themed race around here, I have loved seeing the pictures from the ones others have ran! They look like a lot of fun and a great way to stay motivated throughout the season! Anyways I better get back to my tree decorating!! Smile

 

Did you do any holiday themed races? I would love to hear about it!

What did you do all weekend – busy or did you take it easy?