Each year, people complain that their children got way more toys than they really need. So this year, I encourage you to give one of those toys to a child in need. Tonight, from 5 pm – 8 pm, Global Television and Shops at Don Mills have teamed up to host the annual Toronto’s Fire Fighter’s Association Toy Drive. Put a smile on a child’s face this year by donating a new, unwrapped gift and in exchange for your goodwill, you can receive a free burger from South St. Burger and a hot drink from Aroma Espresso Bar.
If you decide bring your little ones, be sure to visit Santa and his reindeer and your children can bring their letters for the big guy in red to the Santa Station. The Crestwood Choir will be filling the air with wonderful holiday music and not to mention there will be live ice sculpture demonstrations. Global Television personalities such as Leslie Roberts, Susan Hay, Liza Fromer and Anthony Farnell will be there between 5:30 and 6:30 and be sure to visit their seasonal colouring and photo booths.
Like usual, here are my December goals and their success!
- Catch up on all my favourite Christmas carols. I loved hearing some of my favourite Christmas carols again and sharing them with the Princess.
- Have a holiday movie marathon with the Princess. Rudolph, the Grinch and Frosty were some of our faves!
- Bake and eat my fair share of holiday treats. I spent a whole day baking and it seemed like in less that a few hours they were gone 🙂
- Take a nice and long winter stroll. We didn’t get any snow here in Toronto until after the holidays but I took full advantage once the snow fell.
- Rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. I think I always knew the true meaning, but I really enjoyed spending lots of time with family this year.
One of the best things about the holidays are the movies that play all the time on TV. I’ve compiled a list of some of my personal favourites, and maybe there are some of yours on this list too!
- A Charlie Brown Christmas. A TV Special based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schultz aired on CBS in 1965. Follow Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang as Charlie finds the true meaning of Christmas.
- Frosty the Snowman. “Happy Birthday!” Frosty exclaims as Professor Hinkle’s magic hat is placed on his head. Based on the popular song, this movie was first aired in 1969.
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966). Based on Dr. Seuss’ book and narrated by Boris Karlof, this movie is a personal fave. Dr. Seuss first wrote the book about the over commercialization of Christmas and getting back to the true meaning of Christmas.
- Twas The Night Before Christmas. Based on the poem, this TV special first aired on CBS in 1974. This is a story about a mouse and a clockmaker who try to appease Santa when he is offended by a letter sent stating that the writer does not believe he exists.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Based on the Johnny Marks song of the same title, this classic was first aired in 1964 and teaches us all that we may be different but that’s what makes us all special.
- Home Alone. Kevin McAllister is accidentally left alone when his family leaves for France, he is left to defend his home from burglars. Macauly Culkin and Joe Pesci make this film a holiday treat!
- Mrs. Santa Claus. Starring Angela Lansbury, this is a story of how an ignored Mrs Claus takes the sleigh out and becomes stranded in New York when Cupid is injured. There she poses as Mrs North who befriends the Jewish family she boards with and becomes involved in the women’s suffrage movement as well as child labour issues.
- Christmas Vacation. The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
- The Santa Clause. Starring Tim Allen as as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall to his death from his roof on Christmas Eve. When he and his young son, Charlie, finish the late, legendary St. Nick’s trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole where Scott learns he must become the new Santa.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). A live action remake of the 1966 cartoon, Ron Howard and Jim Carrey bring this classic tale to life.
I think it would be safe to assume that a majority of people have seen Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and I have to admit this is one of my favourite songs from the movie.
Like most months, I am doing the same thing I always do, set 5 goals for myself to accomplish each month. Here are my five for this month and they are all Holiday related.
- Catch up on all my favourite Christmas carols.
- Have a holiday movie marathon with the Princess.
- Bake and eat my fair share of holiday treats.
- Take a nice and long winter stroll.
- Rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.
With the holidays right around the corner, I took some time and crafted a door ornament. I went to Michael’s with no craft idea in mind but it didn’t take long to see a few items that stood out and the ideas started flowing.
- Mod podge
- Stock card paper
- Coloured Bells
- Poinsettia Buttons
- Hot Glue Gun
- White Glue
- Pencil & scissors
- Wooden Christmas Ornament (I used a tree)
- Place card stock print side down and place the wooden Christmas ornament on top and trace. Cut out the shape.
- Using the brush, mod podge the card stock, print side up, onto the ornament. Let dry.
- While the mod podge is drying, start making the ribbon star. Loop the ribbon and hot glue the centre. Then creat more loops until you have a star, glueing the centre as you go around. Glue a coloured bell to the centre as decoration.
- Once the mod podge is dry, glue the ribbon star to the top. Now using the white glue, create the sequins garland.
- I found very cute Poinsettia buttons and simply cut off the back and glued them to the tree, acting as decorations.
- Glue the coloured buttons to the bottom to act as the tree trunk.
- Feel free to use different card stock, colours and ornaments, make this your own! Enjoy.