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30 Dec, 2017

Christmas 2017 recap

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

How was your Christmas? I have to say, ours has been pretty low key, but I don’t mind.

Christmas 2017

In past years we’ve gone to Tremblant and Chateau Montebello. This year, the eldest came home from school and we stayed closer to home. As much as I like to travel over the holidays, it’s also very nice to be able to turn my brain off and recharge the old batteries.

For Christmas Eve I cooked up a cheese fondue (using this recipe!) and we stuffed ourselves silly.

Christmas Day with teenagers is pretty chill. First, you get to sleep in. Christmas with teens is also quieter, with fewer gifts. (We do the a variation of the four gift idea.) THEN, we (er, mostly Mark) spent the next 18 hours trying to figure out how to set up our various iDevices. Sigh.

We spent the rest of the day at my inlaws, where we ate MORE food and unwrapped more gifts. Dinner was turkey and all the fixins. I baked a cake, which turned out pretty darn good (although it doesn’t look nearly as pretty as the photo that goes with the original recipe):

Gingerbread cake recipe from Canadian Living

(I am grateful that we left off that third tier. This was a LOT of cake. We had CAKE FOR DAYS.)

We booked our tickets to see the new Star Wars, so I’m looking forward to that. And if you’re looking for something to do over the holidays with older kids, might I suggest trying out an escape room? We did the new one at Jigsaw Escape Rooms called The Castle. The premise is very cool. You’re knights trapped in a medieval castle and you need to find a weapon and escape the castle to save the kingdom from a terrible enemy. We had a great time trying to solve the puzzles but we didn’t escape in time. Oh well. We’ll get it next time!

We also went to the Magic of Lights as a family last week (second time seeing it for Mark and I). We also had some lovely visits with friends and family. Also, holiday time is puzzle time too.

Cake and puzzles

Next week we are aiming to:

What have you been up to this week?

2 Responses to "Christmas 2017 recap"

1 | joy

December 30th, 2017 at 2:21 pm


Happy New Year, Andrea! I am glad you had a nice Christmas — it sounds really nice!

2 | a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive (re)Visiting Colony VR - Virtual Reality fun in Ottawa

January 11th, 2018 at 4:02 pm


[…] because we are wimps. We did, however, visit Magic of Lights and an escape room (as mentioned here) but another highlight for me was a visit to Colony VR, just off Preston Street. Strangely, […]

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