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The Magic of the Holiday Season

Posted by James Smith on December 9th, 2015 under General

Here we are again at my favorite time of the year. I’ve already changed my ringtone to ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, put colored lights around my desk and I’m longing for when it gets cold enough to put on one of my holiday sweaters.

Of course this season comes with all the sparkle and silliness we can get away with, because if not now, when? But it’s also the time for coming together where “Faithful friends who are dear to us, gather near to us once more”. As we rekindle and reminisce, it’s easy to remember just why we’ve stayed friends for so long, even though we haven’t spoken in what seems like an age. It’s like we’ve never been apart.

Part of what brings us together and what binds us throughout everything that life gives and takes away, is our memories of people, places and food.

During the holidays, when it’s dark and cold outside and you’re feeling like the winter season is starting to get you down, there’s always the opportunity for something delicious to fill your home with a comforting aroma and your belly with exactly what you’ve been hoping for. A dish to curl up with, or serve to the friends who stop by to share their season’s greetings, makes all the difference to turn a bleak winter’s day into another holiday memory that you’ll hold dear.

Last year I wrote about my memories of an English countryside Christmas, growing up in a village outside Salisbury. I reminisced about my Mum’s Christmas cake and being called in to stir the mix and make a wish.

This year, I’m in Vancouver, Canada and about to welcome a new addition to the family. With a daughter on the way and the holidays fast approaching, I’m wondering how on earth I’m going to live up to my memories of how my parents made the season so special.

Now it’s my turn, and I can’t wait to make the holidays magical for my little girl. There’s already a stocking for the baby (with a cat on it of course), diapers are bought, and (I hope) I have everything ready. So now I’m moving on to prepare my other favourite part of the holidays: food.

Over the years I’ve learned is that preparation is everything. It’s going to get a little crazy around here, so I’ll have to get my shopping and baking done before baby arrives. Something tells me I’m going to need to stock up with recipes (so far I'm planning to make gingerbread men, and minced fruit tarts), baking essentials and coffee, lots of coffee.

Have yourselves a merry little Christmas.


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James Smith