just because it’s Christmas

I’ve returned from a quick trip to Montreal and despite the lack of snow, it was lovely and festive. I am so #blessed to get to go on an annual pilgrimage to my old stomping ground for both work and play!

But, as much as I love Montreal, I am a forever and always an East Coast girl. So whenever I visit my co-workers, I get the usual “something smells fishy” and “Say ‘I took my Carrrrr to the Barrrrr and ate a Beaaaaygel’ ” banter. Je les aime. Actually, I think they’re a little envious because they know deep down, the East Coast is the best coast (especially when it comes to music), and with this in mind, I made a mix CD for my office Secret Santa exchange: IMG_4044East Coast Christmas CD-Inside Christmas is for giving so I am giving you chance to win one!

Leave a message and tell me what your favourite Christmas song is. Mine is Oh Holy Night but it’s a toss up between Mariah Carey and Anne Murray for best rendition. Winner will be picked on FRIDAY.

IMG_4070office party… they’re not usually this classy but I love them
IMG_4087#Ihaveathingwithfloors : Lionel Groulx metro station, Montreal
IMG_4090My alma mater
IMG_4091I can not pass up a chance for the vegetarian pita at Boustan
IMG_4093A must-see at Christmas time in Montreal. The window at Ogilvy’s
IMG_4097At night with lights and snow, this is a showstopper
IMG_4101Get them while they’re hot, St. Viateur Bagels
IMG_4104Our home on rue Gauthier…
IMG_4108Bright lights of Montreal
IMG_4110Me and Jess
IMG_4111Khyber Pass – Cuisine Afghane, Duluth Street Montreal. Amazing.

Just because it’s Christmas (and at Christmas you tell the truth), to me, you are perfect.

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holiday movie roundup

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And in my opinion, the most wonderful time for movie watching. It’s when you can re-watch your favourite movies while working away on holiday projects and there is no pressure (yet) to cram for the Oscar season.

I often have a lot of personal projects going on throughout November and December – designing, printing, cutting, stuffing and sealing holiday cards and calendars involve a lot of couch-time so it’s great to have a movie playing while the trusty paper-cutter and I work away.

There are many lists online rating the top Christmas movies, and I get it, It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic, but sorry, it is not on my top-5.

So in no particular order here are the five I will be watching at least once each.


  • Little Women (1994 edition) : “I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.”
    How can you not love a movie with a quote like that! The writing, the acting and the set make this movie so beautiful. However, with this being said, I can’t help but wish one year, Jo March will fall madly in love with Laurie.\
  • Love Actually (2003) : “We’ve been given our parts in the nativity play. And I’m the lobster.”
    Has it really been 10 years? A great holiday movie with an amazing cast – and NO ONE can sing a Christmas song like Mariah Carey!
  • Home Alone (1990) : “Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.”
    I watched this with David last year, he didn’t get it… I will try again this year.
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) : “Oh, Eddie… If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.”
    Who doesn’t idolize Clark Griswold and his lights. The lines in this movie never get old.
  • One Magic Christmas (1985) : “What do Christmas angels do?” “Well, my job is to, every Christmas, have to help one person, that’s feeling down, to get into the Christmas spirit.”
    Grab a box of Kleenex! 
    Have you seen this? Most people have no clue about this movie but it’s a Christmas masterpiece.


come on get crafty

You know those seasonal wreaths popping up everywhere this time of year? Well, in my option, they’re worth every penny! In an attempt to be crafty, I found this on Pinterest and decided it’d be perfect for the three windows at the back of the house. Why make one when you can make three?


Off to Michaels I went and spent ~ $90 on supplies. Argh.

And then I cut, and cut, and cut. {SO BORING}. Then I twisted and tied and hung… and VOILA!




Mine are clearly not as pretty, and Mike says we’ll need to renovate just to make room to store them for the other 11 months of the year, but I am convinced they’ll look great when the rest of the seasonal decor is placed.

So was this a fail? Not really but I won’t be making any more. I have cards and calendars to finish and there are at least five viewings of Love Actually scheduled for my holiday season. From what I’ve seen, the wreaths sell for + $40 so I guess I broke even if you factor in cost and time. Kind of.

Happy holidays! xomeg