Embracing the holidays


Fall is my favourite time of year – for a number of reasons. It’s beautiful to see the leaves start to change colours and fall off the trees. The sun is still shining and the air is crisp and chilly.

I can bring out my boots and scarves, sip on pumpkin spice lattes and embrace my inner basic (you know what). Going home after work on a chilly day and curling up on the couch with my cats and hubby, a blanket and a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) is also a plus.

It’s also a time for celebrations. Thanksgiving allows us to take a day off, spend time with family and reflect on what we’re thankful for. Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie is also rewarding.

Then comes Halloween, which means an excuse to eat way too many mini chocolate bars. I also love handing out candy to little ones dressed as their favourite superhero, princess or animal – especially the really grateful ones.

This fall was extra special for me because I got married Sept. 2. Now, and in future years, my hubby and I will get to add ‘wedding anniversary’ to the list of things to celebrate.

Fall doesn’t last very long, though. It’s probably the shortest season of the year. Soon the snow will start to fall and actually stick around for the holidays. But that’s another reason why fall is so great – it’s a preview for the most wonderful time of the year.

Every year, as soon as the calendar turns to September, I can hardly wait for all the celebrations and, most importantly, Christmas time. But I also like to enjoy the time leading up to the holidays. The anticipation is almost as good as the day itself.

My hubby and I went to Costco a few weeks ago and, already, Halloween stuff was flying off the shelves and Christmas stuff was taking over.

I bought a new pair of winter boots but there were only two sizes left and only one colour option. Clearly I didn’t buy them soon enough – but really, who is thinking about winter boots in August?

We also bought a box of bags of chips to hand out on Halloween because we knew they’d soon be sold out. But when we got home, we opened the box and realized the chips are ‘best before’ Oct. 24. Guess we’ll be eating 50 bags of chips.

Don’t get me wrong – I love Costco – but it seems each year stores are bringing out merchandise sooner and sooner.

My friend also recently posted a video on Snapchat of Christmas music playing on the radio.

We should try to embrace each holiday as it comes, rather than racing for the finish line.


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