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Christmas/Holiday plans?

Ali de Bold

Just wondering what you guys are doing over the holidays. Are you going away, staying in town?  What's the plan?

I'm going home to visit my family in the Arctic, also known as Winnipeg. My mom reminded me last night on the phone to pack my long johns.  Alex was like, "what are long johns?"  It was -40 there last week. I'm cold already just thinking about it.  But I'll be with my family, which is always entertaining and fun.  You?
Dec 16, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

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We're going to stay in, sleep late, eat until we feel ill, and try to not get out of our pajamas the whole time :)

We were thinking about visiting family but it was just too expensive...
Dec 16, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

Gotta love the holidays!

As long as you're prepared for the cold I'm sure you will have a great time Ali!

I'm staying in town this year and I'm pretty jam packed with holiday parties and birthdays (apparently everyone I know was born in December!)

I just want to relax and enjoy the holidays! Last year I was working retail (which = long hours this time of year) and left on a month-long vacation on boxing day so I felt like I didn't really get a chance to relax (although this New Years is looking pretty grim compared to the exotic beach party in Thailand I went to last year)
Dec 16, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

staying local

This is our first Christmas in our new house. All of my siblings are doing their own family things this year so my parents decided to come to our place. I'll miss seeing my young nieces and nephews all excited about Christmas, but it will also be nice to have mom and dad all to ourselves w/ no competition. As they age each visit is appreciated more and more.
Dec 16, 2010 @ 08:50 pm


I'm going to visit family in Winnipeg too! Looking forward to Stella's smoothies a little more than the snow...
Dec 19, 2010 @ 12:00 am
Ali de Bold

Stella's smoothies?

tibervalleygirl, do tell! What is this? Sounds delicious!
Dec 19, 2010 @ 09:57 am

home, home, home!

NY bound for the holidays-going to parent's house-they live upstate (45min north of NYC). It's great to relax but we couldn't live there-you have to drive everywhere and things close so early-except for the malls which are always open until 9:30pm.

I have that typical American family-kind of. We are blended (step-family)-my mom, brother, sister and my stepdad, his 2 sons, and a daughter. We usually get together on Christmas eve with stepbrother, wife, and their 2 young boys-eat, exchange .gifts for the children, and watch some kind of video.

Christmas,we get together with the rest of the clan-eat a ton, exchange gifts, and then have a video game off that most likely will include Just Dance. It gets pretty serious at the end-winner has bragging rights for the entire year.

My other half gets nuts the day after christmas which is his birthday but also one of the best days to shop in the U.S. He hits Best Buy and all the electronic stores and scours the ads for hours .

Should be fun!

Dec 19, 2010 @ 01:01 pm


Stella's Bakery and Café has the best smoothies in the city. Or possibly, you know, the world. There are three locations -- one on Osborne, one on Sherbrook and one on Grant. Their food is pretty delish too. :)
Dec 27, 2010 @ 10:32 am
Ali de Bold

Everyone got sick

tibervalleygirl, I wish I could have tried one of those smoothies, but I am presently quarantined.

This Christmas has been such a disaster it's almost funny. The first thing I did was injure my neck (I still don't know how it happened) to the point where I had to go to the emergency and was ordered on a week's bed rest with a neck brace. Then one by one, my entire family (except Alex) got sick with the worst fever/flu combination I have ever encountered. It's basically a 4 day fever, combined with deep dry chest cough that turns into massive head cold.

All gatherings after the 24th have been canceled and we're the sorriest pack of sickies you've ever seen. Apparently there is a lot going around Winnipeg right now including scarlet fever.

We've still had some good times. Before the disease took my Mom down she was the sweetest nurse ever. Literally reading me stories, watching movies with me and making me made from scratch chicken soup. It's just no one flies 2,000 km home to spend it on a couch with a neckbrace and a fever.

All I can say is next Christmas will be awesome in comparison. How is everyone else's going?
Dec 27, 2010 @ 02:53 pm

good outlook

Ugh!! So awful, MC! I'm sorry. I hope you recover soon from your fever/flu and querky neck!
Dec 28, 2010 @ 10:07 am
Ali de Bold

Thanks Spotty!

It ended up taking Alex down too. He's in the throws of it right now. The whole family thinks this Christmas was a hilarious disaster at this point.

Personally I'm on the up and up! I'm still coughing, sniffling, watery eyes but my neck doesn't hurt anymore and the fever let up 2 days ago. Woot!
Dec 29, 2010 @ 11:29 am

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