10 Things About Our Christmas That I Loved

Hi friends!  It’s that lull between Christmas and New Years that I love.  It’s the relief that Christmas is over (which is sad too) and the promise of a fresh start with a new year.  I always feel inspired at this time.  But I don’t want to forget the Christmas we had either, so I wanted to share 10 things that I loved about our Christmas this year.  I completely stole this idea from my Mom, who put together her post a couple of days ago.

Also, this is the start of some new blog goals that I have this year, with one of them being to make my blog more like a journal…still with great recipes and crafts, but with more of me in it…but more on that later when I talk about my word of the year….

Anyway, here’s a glimpse into our Christmas…and it was a fantastic one…probably one of my favourites.  Love.


First, our trip started off with a 4 hour drive to my parents.  And as you can see we were packed to rafters.  It was a squishy ride.


Once we got there I immediately felt relaxed.  For the first time in months honestly.  I almost completely unplugged and it felt wonderful!  I even had a little nap…that’s a miracle for me.


With the kids being a little older, Christmas felt more relaxed, which also meant more quality time with them.  They’re growing up so fast.  Sniff.  I love this pic of my daughter and I in the snow.


Speaking of snow.  There was SO.  MUCH.  SNOW.  and it made for a fantastic winter playground!  We snowshoed, cross-country skied, tobogganed…it was fantastic!


See how much snow there was!  There is easily 1 1/2 feet of snow on this tree stump!


The lake has such a beauty about it this time of year too.  I love it here.


And of course we enjoyed treats.  SO much good food…I come from a family of great cooks and bakers…yum!


Did I mention the snow?!  Look at that snow hut my husband built!!  Awesome.

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Anyway, here are 10 Things About Our Christmas That I Loved (and in no particular order):

  • The snow.  It was a classic Canadian Christmas.  Rosy cheeks and lots of outdoor play.
  • Real wood burning fires in the fireplace.
  • Family. Grandmas & Grandpas that adore their grandkids.  My sister, nephews and fantastic family friends (wink wink G).  Brothers, and my cutie pie niece.
  • My husband who payed very good attention to my Christmas list.  Love him.  🙂
  • Games.  Lots and lots of card games.
  • Food.  And lots of it.
  • Genuinely happy kids.  With smiles on their faces almost the whole time we were there.
  • Christmas music.  I just love it.
  • Rediscovering my love of winters spent outdoors.
  • Unplugging and feeling relaxed.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!  What was you favourite part?

Have an inspired day!

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  1. I loved the picture of the Cat Tails in the snow (at least I think that’s what they were). I, too, love the relaxed feel of January and am looking forward to these slower days. I turn my attention to the garden now. Happy New Year!

  2. This all sounds so lovely Jo-Anna! This CA girl has been dreaming of a snowy Christmas….like……forever. Ha ha! It was in the upper 70’s here. Happy New Year friend!

  3. Love this list and pictures! And that picture of you and T, oh my- priceless!!! G will laugh when he sees your list too haha:)

  4. Wow! Look at that snow! I don’t know if I’ve ever been in that much snow before. I’m so glad that you had a lovely Christmas with your family. And unplugging is always nice. It’s a bit of a rejuvenation, isn’t it?

  5. I think it’s a great idea that you’d like to write in your blog more like a journal, and I very much look forward to reading those posts! I had no idea that your mom blogs too! I just followed her. She’s adorable! You and your mom seem very much alike and I can see where you get your cooking and crafting skills from. 🙂