Ever since Mike and I first met, we have spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day separately. His family lives 10 hours north, so he always started the trek a few days before the holidays and spent a good two to three weeks with them. For the last two years I flew to Timmins, Ontario (side note: for those of you who are unaware, this is the home town of legendary country star, Shania Twain – try not to judge me for my excitement over celebrities and country music), from Ottawa on boxing day, and was happily greeted by my now husband at the airport. From Timmins it was a snowy three hour drive to Hearst, which seems like nothing in comparison to the one lane, ten hour journey to get there from Ottawa.
This year we decided to do things a little differently. His family graciously agreed to celebrate their Christmas on the 26th, so we spent the 24th and 25th at home. It was a typical Christmas celebration with my family, but was all the more special with Mike there. We spent Christmas Eve eating a seafood supper in our pjs, and Christmas Day inhaling a delicious pasta lunch. With full hearts and bellies, we set out for Northern Ontario bright and early on the 26th. Both of us were excited to spend a week with the Sousa’s enjoying the outdoors and family time. Mike’s whole family was ready and waiting for us with a traditional Christmas meal on the table, and a tree full of gifts to open. It was a wonderful three day Christmas filled with family and friends, but I look forward to the day when my in-laws are living in Ottawa and we can celebrate all together…which is hopefully sooner than later!
The rest of our trip will be spent playing card games, snowshoeing, cottaging, and ringing in the new year at the local bar. A week off in Northern Ontario will be just enough time to kick back and relax before the busy winter term at the university starts up, and I am drowning in administrative tasks again.
Here are a few photos from our 2015 Christmas celebrations:
Until next time!