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Christmas time in the city

Tomorrow is the big day, Christmas Day! In fact, I suspect most people won’t be reading a blog post on Christmas Eve, but that’s okay. I’m writing it out for me anyway – sharing my thoughts this season, and a few of my favourite captures of the people and places I love, (starting with a few snaps from a family session with one of the best girls in the ENTIRE world).

Truthfully, this Christmas has been tough for me. It’s my favourite time of year normally, but some reason, this year single-dom hit me harder than other years.  Everyone around me is settling into relationships, and I’m just not. Not even close. All of that being said, things haven’t been all bad. I’ve realized how grateful I am for the friendships, family and support that I do have, and it dawned on me that if I had to trade all of that for a romantic relationship, I wouldn’t do it. I love my people far too much for that.  I stopped volunteering at the soup kitchen when I started my new job, and I still received presents from people there, which is almost too sweet for my heart to handle, seriously. I get to take photos (and hang out) with friends all the time. My co-workers are amazing, and the kind of people you know will be your friends for life. And I really love my Church.

I didn’t have a lot of time for Christmas adventures this year, but I still got in most of my Christmas movie favourites, and my friends who just got married, still had our annual Christmas movie night, only this year, they made a whole Christmas dinner, which was amazing. It was just on a work night this year, because all of our schedules have gotten so crazy.

The last few years, I’ve done all my shopping online and even though this year, I still did most of it that way, I went with Sarah, Joe and Katrina to pick up a few small things, and that felt really festive…. particularly because they dressed like deranged elves, just kidding guys.

And finally, the city is just so pretty at Christmas. Everything is festive. I didn’t even photograph most of it. Delivery truck drivers wear Santa hats, and formal offices look more playful with fairy lights. My favourite though, is balconies on apartment rises, decorated with colourful lights that you can see from faraway.

And I did make it to a Santa Clause parade, and any Dunnville parade is a treat for very unexpected reasons, (think Star Hollows or Pawnee) but that’s a post for another day.

Christmas reminds you that miracles happen all the time, and that’s something for which to be grateful.

Favourite Moments From the Holiday Season

For me the holiday season started with a Christmas Craft Show fundraiser back in November. The photo club dressed as Whos from the How the Grinch Stole Christmas and ran a photo booth. It was overall a very good holiday season. We had movie nights as Joe’s crazy apartment (he was trying to put the Griswalds to shame). I had my first solo exhibit at Hamilton Library Gallery. My family took a trip to Simcoe Lights, which is always amazing. My Church has a winter bonfire with roasted hot dogs and chilli at the nearby provincial park and a board game night for New Year’s Eve. I dressed my rabbits and guinea pig for their annual Christmas portraits, I didn’t actually take many photos on Christmas Day, but Christmas with friends and family is always nice – eating, watching movies, giving gifts, all in a drowsy post-turkey state. It’s nice. It’s definitely my favourite time of year.

Christmas in a Small Space

I opted for a pink tree this year. It was at Target for $8.00, so even if I hate it next year, which I doubt I will, it wasn’t exactly a big pay-out. The tree sits a top one of my shorter book shelves with a bread dough nativity that I picked up at Bronner’s a few years ago. Other than that, I stuck snowflakes and pretty coloured glass ornaments in the windows, cards on the closet doors, and handmade trees and peg dolls, plus my ever growing Christmas plushie collection neatly on shelves. I’m surprised at how much it doesn’t make the space feel cluttered. I may actually be sad to put my decorations away this year.