Christmas 2009 Part 3 – The Decorations & The Presents

Welcome to the 3rd and final instalment of my look back at Christmas 2009. If you missed the last instalments, click here and here.

In lieu of a look at our family dinner (no photos since it wasn’t at home), I’ve decided to highlight 2 other important holiday details – the decorations and the presents.

The Decorations

I don’t know about you, but I love putting up Christmas decorations. I’ve missed out the past few years, living over on the island, so I was excited to be home this year for the event.

One thing I’m always in charge of is setting up the nativity scene on the mantle. I love my mom’s set – plain white porcelain.

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Then there’s the Santa. My sister and I hate it, mostly because he’s wearing a blue coat. Mom loves it. The cats like to play with it.

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Here’s an oldie – Santa’s Boot! I think this one has been around since before I was born. Now that’s old!

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And of course, the tree. It’s always entertaining to go through all the old ornaments, especially those my sister and I made as kids. Mom keeps threatening to throw them out and do a “designer tree” – you know, the colour coordinated ones? I think ours is much better.

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And now all together.

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Something odd – we don’t actually hang our stockings. We simply place them on the hearth. I think mom just doesn’t want to put holes in the oak mantle, or interfere with the nativity scene.

The Presents

I’ll admit it – I love presents on Christmas. Both giving and receiving. I don’t consider myself overly materialistic, but I think gift giving & receiving is a fun part of Christmas. It probably helps that we only exchange gifts among my immediate family, so I only have 3 other people to buy for. I think if we had a family where you were expected to give gifts to everyone, it would be a bit crazy. But it’s nice to get my parents and sister something I know they’ll enjoy. And hey, who doesn’t like to get something nice back? 😉

Here’s my gift pile:

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So what all do we have here?

  • my boots (that I got back in November, and have been getting good use out of since)
  • Happy Bunny calendar
  • neoprene laptop sleeve
  • iTunes giftcard
  • Quatchi!

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Who is this Quatchi, you may ask? Why, he’s one of the Olympic Mascots (you can read about them all here). He’s my favourite, and I’ve wanted one since they came out. This particular one even has the coveted red mittens!

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Red mittens? Let me tell you – these Olympic red mittens are HOT items. You can’t find them anywhere. They are only $10, and proceeds go to the Canadian Olympic Team. So I think these mini-mittens are the closest I’ll come to owning any.

  • socks
  • gloves
  • white chocolate snowman
  • Rachel Ray cookbook – Book Of 10

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  • pens (hey, I need them for taking notes in school)
  • cat toy (not really for me, for Sienna)
  • $$$

Of course, I had to go shopping on Boxing Day. Alas, I only left with on purchase:

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I had Clean Food by Terry Walters on my wish list, but alas, it didn’t make it under the tree. When I went to Chapters, I saw they had all hardcover books on sale for 30% off, so I figure it was meant to be. The Eating Well magazine just jumped in my hand. I’m actually seriously considering a subscription.

The other item I went to buy was all sold out…but they did say they’ll have a shipment in sometime this week, so hopefully I’ll get to share that with you soon 🙂

But I’m not only here to show you my gifts. I’ve selected some of the better ones my family also received this year.

Mom

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My dad bought my mom the cookbook A Year In Lucy’s Kitchen by Lucy Waverman after hearing about it on a radio show. I think the fact that they talked about grilling steak helped persuade him 😉

Dad

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Although I’m biased (I bought this for him), I think this is the epitome of perfect gift for my dad. He loves the Beatles and loves jigsaw puzzles. So when I came across a Beatles jigsaw puzzle, I had to pick it up.

Sister

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Again, biased here, but whatever, it’s my blog. I took this picture of my sister’s cat, Socks, a few years back. I was at a loss for what to get my sister this year, when it came to me to make a print of her cat and frame it. I think it came out great!

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The Tetris Cube. The nemesis of my whole family. My sister’s friend gave this to her, and it says there are 9839 solutions to the cube. Do you think we could even find one?! Sure, we could look them up online, but we aren’t quite that desperate. Yet.

And just for fun, here’s a look at our family chocolate haul this Christmas.

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Mmmm, chocolate.

Well, that about wraps up my look back at Christmas. I hope you’ve enjoyed it! I’ll be back to regular posting soon 😀

But before you go – I want to know what your favourite gift was that you gave, and that you received this year.

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8 Comments on “Christmas 2009 Part 3 – The Decorations & The Presents”

  1. December 28, 2009 at 7:22 am #

    Lovely decorations and what fantastic gifts!! My favorite gift to give was a framed picture of my grandparents when they were in their 20s at a party. I gave it to my aunt and she loved it. My favorite gift to get? My lap top 🙂

  2. December 28, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    Quatchi! He is definitely the best mascot. 🙂 And the red mitts. I definitely got a pair. 😉 They’re definitely one of my favorite items. Also my brother got me a salad bowl. And a dog bowl that he thought was a salad bowl. That’s got to be one of my favorite gifts.

    Favorite gift I gave? My best friend LOVES the series True Blood, so I got her the books the TV series is based on. It was a present that I stumbled upon, but just seemed right when I did.

  3. December 28, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    I love your Christmas decorations! And it looks like you racked up on some great gifts–I’m jealous of that cookbook! 😉

    My favorite received gift was definitely my new DSLR camera! I’m in love.

    I loved giving my mom this scarf that she pointed out a while back, I snuck back to the store and bought it later for her, it was fun to see her surprised and excited Christmas morning.

  4. marie
    December 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    I’m glad to hear that you had such a good Christmas, and thanks for sharing those pics of your decorations.

    My fave gift to give was the Beatles Rock Band set I gave DH, and the fave that I got was my Jack Skellington hoodie and slippers.

  5. December 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    My favorite gift I gave was this crazy calendar called Nuns Having Fun. We gave it to my uncle who went to brutal Catholic school.

    My favorite gift I received was my new cameraaaaaaaaa.

    Your nativity scene is really pretty. Right now ours is in our bay window next to some other arty stuff we have. Which includes a carved rhinoceros from Africa. Who is now guarding baby Jesus!

  6. December 28, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Awesome cookbooks! I can’t wait to see what you make from them!
    My favorite gift to give was a donation to a homeless shelter for my mom, and my favorite gift to receive was a picnic basket!

  7. December 29, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    Gave – the Charlie Brown Christmas tree we bought my mom! 

    Got – it’s going to sound strange but the Ms. Bento lunch box the Fiance gave me! lol I like it more than my Toffanys gift! 

  8. December 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    I love that Nativity scene. Great presents, too. I have that Rach book and love it! I fews weeks back I did a whole week of recipes from that one. Eating Well is a great mag. I have a subscription to it myself. The framed picture of the cat is great. Wish I had one like that of my 3…

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