I have had a love/hate relationship with the holidays for a long time now. Back when I was in a crazy stressful work environment, and could barely pull my head out of the muck to take a breath, let alone put up a tree, bake holiday goodies or host family gatherings, avoidance was my solution of choice.
I left the country (with husband and kids in tow, mind you!) for sunnier climates. And zero expectation for anything Martha Stewart’ish from me.
This worked like a charm for 3 or 4 years. At least it did for me, that is.
Mr. Enthusiasm LOVES the holidays. It’s his favourite time of year. I knew that he hated being away from home at Christmas time, so we curtailed our getaway plans until after we’d celebrated Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at home with his family and mine. The day after Christmas was game-on though! It was a nice compromise.
Today I’m back to embracing the holidays. Perhaps not with as much Suzie Homemaker craziness as I used to do years ago. (Do you know what it’s like to string 1,200 mini lights on a tree?? MADNESS!)
These days we split our time between our main home in Toronto and our home away from home in Vegas, I try to split a little bit of Christmas cheer at the condo in the desert, and save the big guns for the house in the city.
Since I already gave you a glimpse of Vegas at Christmas in this post, today I offer you a snapshot of Christmas as it is represented at my home here in Toronto.
I also wanted to take this moment to thank you all for the unbelievable support you have provided during each step of this amazing journey.
The fact that you make time to visit this blog, share your comments and words of encouragement makes me so happy and so very grateful.
I wish you all the very best of the season. To those of you who celebrate it, Merry Christmas. And may 2014 bring you health, happiness and success.
Happy Holidays, friends.
***p.s. I’m adding a brief footnote Monday at 1:30 pm Toronto was hit with a massive ice storm Saturday night, paralyzing many parts of the city. I have personally been without power for 42 hours (as of the writing of this post at 1:30 pm Monday). I have no home phone service, and cell service is also very spotty. I’m presently at my in-laws house to borrow their hot water (shower) and Internet, as well as to recharge my cell phone. If you notice that I’m absent from your blogs, it’s because I don’t have connectivity. I look forward to catching up when power (and my sanity) is restored.
- Christmas in the City of Sin (myyearofsweat.wordpress.com)