Mike and I purchased our home over two years ago now, and it has been a work in progress ever since. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this place, and will continue to forever. Everyone tells you that when you buy a house, the work never ends…and it’s true. However, the way I see it is that the more work you put into it, the more memories you make, the more proud you are to call your place home, and the more your house truly becomes a home.
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!
The countdown to Christmas is officially on! Mike and I are spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here in Ottawa with my family, and then heading north to Hearst, Ontario to be with his side of the family. There we will have a slightly belated Christmas celebration, and we’ll be ringing in the New Year “Hearst Style”, which means heading to the local bar, and dancing our way into 2016… along with the entire population of Hearst.
The great thing about being from a small town is that everyone knows you, which makes things much easier day-to-day. People trust each other, there is a wonderful sense of family within the community, and it takes less than 5 minutes to get anywhere. That being said, being the “new girl” in a small town is not always so fun, as I have previously experienced with the strange and uncomfortable stares. Kind of makes you feel like you’re the misunderstood exhibit at a really intense art show, BUT lucky for me this isn’t my first rodeo, and I am officially stepping down from the “new girl” exhibit and joining the crowds! Woot!
I always look forward to our Christmas trip up north. It’s so relaxing, and is the most picturesque place during the holiday season. Towering trees, snowy trails, cottages, fishing huts and fires. There is truly nothing like it! (Photos to follow upon our return!)
In the meantime, decorating the house, and over indulging in “made for TV” Christmas movies (my biggest guilty pleasure) is on my top priorities list. This weekend I was able to finish decorating our tree, and fireplace mantle. Here are a few photos to hopefully get you in the spirit as well!
Happy decorating friends!
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