Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Traditioning

Oh, hai. You guys still here?

It's been a while! December is year-end-mega-deadline month at my work, so I haven't really been reading, you know, books (except for Fangirl, which I finished in two sittings this weekend). Fortunately, we have the ha-happiest time of the year to look forward to. I'm super, very much, really excited for Christmas. For the first time in six years, the mister and I have snow in December; 

Ooo, wintry.

and for the first time in ever, it'll be just me and him for Christmas. (Since we've been married, we've been alternating Christmases between families [as one does]. This year, on account of work, we're staying in Fort St. John.)

It's weird, though, not going home for Christmas. It means we're responsible for our own traditions. And so! An abbreviated round-up of some favourites from childhood and some new things we're adding.

My Mom and Dad sent us our own version of my favourite Christmas gift traditions:

The golden fridge (full of goooodies):

And the book of books (RIGHT?!):

Neil's Mom sent us some Christmas gifts that go back to Neil's childhood. (One's a peppermint pig. I'm calling it right now.)

I'll also be making her stuffing, her risotto (which we'll be having for breakfast on Christmas morning as per Neil who I'm just going to trust on this one) (tomatoey garlicness for breakfast! MADNESS), and her chocolate peanut butter bars. Oh you guys, the peanut butter bars. Just oh you guys, all three of these things. So yum. Very taste.

And new things: Neil got these reinbeers 

in a Secret Santa exchange and they are so fantastic I want to make them every year. Advent calenbeer?

Finally, most pertinently, why we're all here: I marked all the Christmas Day chapters in the Harry Potter books and I'm going to read them all on Christmas Day. 

Why yes, that is an original Australian Kayleigh wand.

Candy cane bookmarks, obvs. That's - 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - "Chapter 12: The Mirror of Erised"
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - "Chapter 12: The Polyjuice Potion"
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - "Chapter 11: The Firebolt"
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - "Chapter 23: The Yule Ball"
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - "Chapter 23: Christmas on the Closed Ward"
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - "Chapter 16: A Very Frosty Christmas"
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - "Chapter 18: The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore"

So, yikes, actually. I kind of want to read them in reverse order to end on a lighter note, but the frigging Mirror of Erised, so. Sad or no, Harry Potter is always a good time.

What about you? What holiday are you celebrating? What traditions are you eating and reading?

Happy all the holidays, sugar plums.