Happy holidays! It’s that weird time between Christmas and New Year’s when I do absolutely nothing and I’m constantly unsure of what day it is. If you celebrate Christmas I hope you had a good one. I know it was very different for us, and I’m sure it was for everyone else as well. We were able to make the best of it, and even though some traditions weren’t done exactly as they have been, it’s still been a fun Christmas.
Even though I’ve only been in a grocery store once since March, we’ve had a few delicious meals. Every Christmas Eve my dad makes lasagna. I didn’t get a photo of it this year, but it was delicious as always. For the most part he only makes it once a year so it’s always a treat to be able to eat it. I had actually forgotten how good it tasted. It’s hard to go wrong with pasta, tomato sauce, and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses!
My brother ordered a charcuterie box from YYC Food Trucks. They did a great job putting it together. It was full of different kinds of meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts/seeds, and fruit. I was really impressed with it. It was also a ton of food so no one left the table hungry. It’s definitely something that I would order again. They delivered it, so it was great to have it dropped off at on the front steps. One less errands to run.
I usually take over stocking duty. It definitely looked a bit different this year. I filled stockings for my dad, brother, and myself with things that I could order online. Typically I’d go shopping and find small gifts and chocolate, but shopping in person wasn’t going to happen this year. I managed to get a good assortment of goodies for everyone though. I made out pretty good with the Kinder and Lindt chocolates. These will last me for quite awhile. My brother makes sure we always have Life Savers in out stockings. It’s something that my mom would always get for us. Remember when they had more than just the original flavors in them?
Christmas morning I baked up some cinnamon buns that I had bought frozen from Manuel Latruwe. It’s a Belgian bakery in downtown Calgary that has the most amazing pastries and baked good. I just had to defrost them and let them rise before putting them into the oven. They turned out perfect as usual.
Santa was very good to us this year. Once again we avoided shopping in person this year, so that meant lots of online shopping purchases arriving at our door throughout December. It was definitely different from past years but also really nice to not have to deal with the crowds at the mall. The older I get the more fun it is to pick out gifts that I know my dad and brother will enjoy. My dad and I watch Oak Island together, so I got him an Oak Island book (affiliate link). My brother likes to go camping and spending time outdoors so I got him a book all about survival skills. I figure he can try some of them out this summer when he’s out camping. They both seemed pretty happy with their gifts.
We’ve gotten a ton of snow here in Calgary over the last week or so. For awhile it felt like it just wouldn’t end. I spent an hour the other day clearing snow from the street between the end of the driveway to the middle of the street where the snow had been driven over. There’s no way that I would have been able to get my car out of the driveway otherwise. Residential streets are still a mess from the sheer quantity of snow we got, but once you get out of the neighborhoods the roads are a lot better.
Before new restrictions were put in place a few weeks ago, I stocked up on library books. I’ve been slowly making my way through them. It’s perfect timing to be spending more time reading right now. There’s fewer places to be out because things are closed down as well as with all the snow all I want to do is stay warm and cozy inside. I’ve really enjoyed Sally Hepworth’s writing before, and The Secrets of Midwives (affiliate link) was no different. I didn’t really know much about midwives before I started reading it, so it was fun to be able to learn more about them. Each chapter was focused on one of the three main characters. It was an interesting way to structure the book.
I’ve become a big fan of Riley Sager over the past year or so. This is her third book that I’ve read. Lock Every Door (affiliate link) was part thriller, part mystery, and part haunted house. It’s hard to come up with just one word to describe it. If you like her other books I would recommend you try out this one too. I had a hard time putting it down.
Finally, I’m currently reading Grit (affiliate link). I usually prefer to read fiction, but I had heard about this book from a few different people so I thought it was worth checking it out. Unlike some non-fiction books that can be dense and hard to get through, Grit is really easy to read and the author, Angela Duckworth, is great at explaining the science and psychology behind what makes some people have more grit than others.
I wanted to make sure that I acknowledged how tough this Christmas has been for so many people. Whether it was grieving for a loved one, not being able to celebrate with family like you usually would, or anything else that makes the holidays tough, you’re in my thoughts.
Was Santa good to you this year? What’s are you reading right now?
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