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11 Dec, 2020

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

… Christmas.

We actually bought our tree at the end of November. For the record, this is the earliest tree purchase in our family’s history.

Christmas 2020

We bought it at The Royal’s Christmas tree sale. (Proceeds go to patient care, yay!) It is truly a lovely tree. It’s up in the living room, but undecorated at the moment. We’re waiting until the youngest gets home. Then, we will pour out the egg nog, spin some Christmas records, and trim the tree together.

I have a feeling people are doubling down on home-based activities this holiday season. I predict more baking, more drinking, more noshing. We were walking the dog the other night and wondering if more people put lights up this year. Have the lights always been so bright and plentiful?

I get it. I’m feeling this way too, after the year we had. We are looking inward; counting our blessings.

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  • sassygirl: i like hearing your voice on the browser version. it’s well done! (:
  • Sally Dowe Marchand: Oh dear. I am so not there yet. I was making my way hastily through Loblaws the other day and suddenly it dawned on me it was Christmas music playing.
  • Nicole MacPherson: Oh, I totally understand. I have found myself tearing up in public places when particular songs come on. I love Christmas music and I rarely think it'
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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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