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Christmas Blog by MacTwachle

10 Dec 2021 8:41 AM | Anonymous

Christmas Blog

by MacTwachle

Well - Christmas can be a very stressful time for many of us - so here are some mood lifting suggestions. Things that I like to do, and probably you have your own. I no longer bake a Christmas cake or Plum pudding, but when I did, it was always on November the 11th. For the occasion I had a favourite record of Baroque Christmas music. It kept me company while I stirred and mixed and the house filled with amazing aromas - it made me feel very Christmassy!

So Tip# bake (or buy something to ready to bake)- pop it in the Oven…. make a fragrant cooking smell anyhow.

#2 Turn on YOUR favourite MUSIC - very good for the whole brain!

#3 Make sure you can watch a favourite Christmas show like Charlie Brown’s Christmas, incidentally the Vince Guaraldi music is spot on for jazz lovers. Or Alastair Sim’s Scrooge -he’s great, even if tiny Tim is too precious for words! Well -You chose YOUR favourite.

#4 Reread a favourite book.

#5 Make a Phone call to someone you have not talked to for a long long time - it is cheaper than sending them flowers and you’ll both enjoy it more- If you can FaceTime - so much the better.

#6 If you are vaccinated, have the funds and like the ballet The Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker is the place for you.

#7 Weather & Health permitting on Christmas Day, should you find yourself idle and alone [or not], Go for a walk and Merry ( Bloomin’) Christmas Everyone you meet.

#8 - Now I have never done this - but I hear serving food at any of the assorted charitable places like Cups, Mustard Seed, Drop-in Centre - Well -to be honest -in covid times I am uncertain how this is being managed - but if it is a viable thing, I gather it will warm the cockles of your heart!

#9 Speaking of Cockles -eat some of your favourite foods - I love shellfish, also chocolate although I munch that x 365. There has to be a gastronomic treat you seldom have. Go for it!

#10 This is the time of year when I correspond with all those people, I never see any more, as there is a deal of water and /or land between us and they usually reply- so reading their news - can bring good feelings and make you feel connected. Thanks to a friend who set it up, I have been Zooming with former college friends in my home country - I think our post Christmas Zoom will be an interesting affair.

#10 New Year … well - I don’t hold with Resolutions … BUT my idea of a Resolution is to plan on making something- in my case mostly Baking... but whatever it is- It has to be something you have never done before, but always wanted to. No self improvement, no negative thing - It has to be something positive. It should be achievable and FUN. So far, my previous Resolutions have been Bread, Cheesecake, Cinnamon rolls, and Coffee cake. I achieved them all in the given Years- not many considering my sojourn on earth… never mind. Since I joined the Writer’s group - I think the writing of a Legacy Letter to my Granddaughter will make a splendid New Year’s Resolution and I think I will enjoy it - maybe with a Cinnamon roll thrown in!

I Wish You all the Best of Seasons!


  • 10 Dec 2021 5:17 PM | BC
    Thanks for all the great suggestions for the Xmas season!
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  • 10 Dec 2021 7:10 PM | KN
    Some cinnamon rolls would help reduce winter, cold weather stress at the Confed. Cafe in January too!!
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