Christmas in Canada
Oh travel. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways………
1. Meeting new people, 2. Helping animals, 3. Raising awareness, 4. Beautiful beaches, 5. Ancient structures, 6. Amazing food, 7. Self awareness, and it goes on, and on, and on……..
But I also LOVE Christmas at home with family.
Last year we spent Christmas in Thailand at Elephant Nature Park, and as much as we loved and appreciated our time there, it just wasn’t the same as being at home. Ever since I was little, I have always loved Christmas.
I have very fond memories of Christmas with family. We always got together at my grandparents house, sitting by the fire sipping on my grandmothers home made cinnamon liqueur (not me) listening to Christmas carols, eating too much food, and most importantly being with family. It is not about the gifts, or the shopping, it is about that nostalgic feeling I get every year when Christmas comes around (I feel the same way about Halloween, but that’s another blog)
This December we planned on spending Christmas in Malaysia. We were looking forward to it, but we still had the same sad feeling we always have when we’re away from home at Christmas.
Somehow, this year, we got what we wished for! My Mom really wanted us home for the holidays, and so her gift to us was two flights home to Toronto for 3 weeks!!
And so, on December 18th we boarded our flights from BKK to Seoul, Seoul to Chicago, and Chicago to Toronto. 24 hours later, we arrived on December 18th in Toronto!!
We were exhausted but Thrilled!
We arrived to a beautiful white Toronto.
After coming home to rest for a few hours, we made our way to my aunts house to surprise her and my grandmother. The surprise was a success!!! They were in shock!! What an amazing feeling it was to be able to surprise them. You can check out the video of us surprising family here.
For the past several years, Christmas has been held at my aunt and uncles place. There are usually about 20 people there on Christmas eve. We have a big dinner together, enjoy each others company, and participate in Kris Kringle. The next day we go over again for gift giving and a more intimate dinner.
This Christmas in Toronto was perfect. It was sunny, and we had a beautiful soft snow fall. There is something so beautiful about a sunny icy white day, that is still, and in complete silence.
As much as we love traveling, our wish is to always be with family during the holidays.
This year we got our wish.