If it wasn’t for the decorations and the incessant amount I listen to Christmas music (and my dwindling bank account from buying Christmas presents), I’d hardly realize it’s a few weeks till Christmas. With the temperatures hovering around 12 degrees and rain falling instead of snow, Toronto is hardly looking like a winter wonderland. While I obviously love warm weather, I’d much rather have fluffy, festive snow rather than dreary rain. Hopefully we’ll be sprinkled with the white stuff soon – maybe even today! Even though the weather may be singing a different tune, it’s most definitely the holiday season! Besides watching my favourite Christmas movies and specials, I love partaking in the wonderful Christmas-y things Toronto has to offer!
This past weekend I checked out the One of a Kind Show at the Direct Energy Centre. It’s a great place to pick up more unique and crafty gifts, though I somehow only managed to pick up food for myself (word to the wise – Maple Balsamic Fig Jelly – TO DIE FOR). If you missed out on OOAK, more handmade goodness can be found at the upcoming City of Craft, which will be held December 8th& 9th.
Friday was the kick-off for this year’s Toronto Christmas Market (which is my fave thing EVER). The festivities run until December 16th, and I can’t wait to check it out!
If you’re on the lookout for all of the must-see Christmas specials, check out these lists by Entertainment Weekly and the CBC.
What are my top Christmas movies? Love Actually, Elf and The Muppet Christmas Carol. I consider them the holy trinity of holiday movies, and I must watch all three for it to be considered the Christmas season! Oh course it’s impossible to miss all or parts of It’s A Wonderful Life.
On the holiday special side (yes, I differentiate between specials and movies): A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Garfield Christmas (so underrated, yet SO good) are my must-sees, but I usually get a Grinch viewing in as well (cartoon version only).
What are your Christmas traditions when it comes to events, movies and music?
I’ll leave you with the current King of Christmas, Canada’s very own Michael Buble.
[ps. totes not taking credit for the images!]