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Cottage Christmas

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Guest blog by Rhonda Sage

It is coming up to that time of year again, a time the malls fill up with shoppers, and the tour de households begin. It is Christmas in our house; we celebrate our holidays a little differently than most. We get out of the city.

It started after my daughter was born, my second child. We were feeling the stress of the traveling to household-to-household and shopping and the rush of the holiday season. The only way we could afford to get away from it was to go up North to our cottage. A 4-5 hour drive north to where you are guaranteed to have a white Christmas. Or at least New Years. It turned into our yearly tradition.

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No bad weather, only bad clothing: 10 tips to dress for the weather

Living after the motto, “no bad weather only bad clothing”, means we pay a lot of attention to how we dress for the weather. Not only does that apply for me and the kids but also my filmmaker husband whose job takes him from the arctic to steamy jungles. (Sometimes in the same week)

I often hear some parents say that kids don’t need the same quality as adults. I understand they don’t want to spend too much money on clothes kids outgrow, but I think our kids deserve to get well dressed for the seasons for both comfort and movement. Being dress for the weather is the first critical step to embracing the seasons.

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Holiday crafts

Happy Holidays

However you celebrate this Holidays season, it is an excellent time of year to do some craft together with your family. In my family we are celebrating Christmas. I remember my childhood with found memoires of gingerbread cookies and making Christmas decorations with my mom. I feel so lucky to continue this tradition with my children today.

Nature offers some great opportunities for making Christmas ornaments; in our family we use natural elements in our Christmas creations. Of course…

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Make an Advent Calendar

I remember my childhood pre- Christmas time and my advent calendar. Now that I’m a mother myself, I love to create and carry-on traditions for my children. The holiday time is such a great time to create new family traditions. For this year’s Advent calendar, our family was inspired by nature. If you have followed me a little before, you know I have a special love for bringing nature inside whenever I get the chance.

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How to Celebrate an Outdoor Christmas

Guest blog post by Tanya Graydon Koob

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When I was first asked about how we celebrated the Holiday Season and whether we celebrated an outside Christmas or not, I thought “are you crazy?”It’s winter in Calgary and there’s no way I’m sitting in the snow opening my Christmas gifts.  I want to be toasty warm in my living room sitting by my fireplace, my family all gathered round, with the Christmas tree shining in the background.We don’t even have a real Christmas tree because we like to put it up by mid-November to extend the season.But then I thought some more and I realized that we DO celebrate Christmas outside in our own special way. No Christmas would be complete without skating, skiing, sledding, and outdoor fun in the snow. Maybe it’s time to bring Christmas outside and to think outside the box a bit when planning for the upcoming holiday season.

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Cut a Christmas tree and take a photo

Well, it's that time of year. When my first son was little I did bring him in to a studio to get some pictures taken, but once we got a decent camera I decided that I'd take all of their pictures, and we do it outside, of course.My in-laws have a cranberry bog right behind their house which is also a Christmas tree farm (we got our Christmas tree there last year!)  So it's basically one stop shopping for outdoor holiday photography.

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