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24 Dec, 2009

25 days of Christmas: the twenties and some outtakes

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Don’t ask how many photos it took before I got the one I wanted (can you guess which one I chose for our annual portrait?):

Christmas photo outtakes

We’re almost done our Family Advent too.

December 21 – We spent extra time reading before bedtime and finished the Harry Potter book we’ve had on the go while munching on popcorn.

December 22 – “Coffee break.” The girls and I walked down to Westboro Village and drank hot beverages and ate cookies.

December 23 – ” Write down ten things for which you are grateful and hang it where we can all see it.” Both lists included things like family and friends. Sarah went above and beyond and included oxygen too.


I also took the girls to get their hair cut for the holidays. Emma got her hair straighted and she suddenly didn’t look like a 10-year old anymore.

December 24 (today) – “Unwrap one gift, mum and dad get to pick which one.” This is a family tradition of ours. The gift is always the same… pyjamas!

Tomorrow’s will read: “Remember you have a family who loves you, and that’s the most important gift of all.”

A big thank you to those of you who played along with me this year, and also for your kind posts, emails and tweets. I am so glad to hear that so many of you have made the Family Advent your own tradition now too!

I love Christmas Eve, maybe even more so than Christmas day. I don’t even mind spending most of it cooking and tidying and doing last minute wrapping.

Tomorrow I will undertake another Hourly Photo post to document our Christmas Day. I will take a photo every hour on the hour and post until I go to bed.

I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas! Now, off to tidy the kitchen and get cooking.

4 Responses to "25 days of Christmas: the twenties and some outtakes"

1 | betsy mae

December 24th, 2009 at 11:08 am


i think you picked the middle photo in the bottom row…that’s my fav anyway!

you are right, emma sure looks older with her hair straightened, although it looks pretty i like her natural hair. both of your girls are so beautiful.

making bean bundles this year?

i am extremely excited about christmas this year. i’m trying to be in the moment which sometimes doesn’t happen because there are so many things to think about. i feel very organized (which helps me feel relaxed).

now that our family advent is over (nearly) i feel so satisfied with everything we did. it certainly made us focus on enjoying christmas each day, we took the extra effort to do something special.

merry christmas to you andrea, to your family, and to all of your readers. it’s been wonderful celebrating and sharing with so many others through your blog.

2 | Siobhan

December 24th, 2009 at 11:03 pm


The one on the right, third row fron the bottom (same row as the choking one ;) ) looks like they’re in the fishbowl, peeking out at me!

3 | Shan

December 26th, 2009 at 8:52 am


Oh my gosh they are beautiful!

4 | Loukia

December 30th, 2009 at 2:27 pm


Beautiful pictures of your girls!

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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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