Monday, December 14, 2015

Team Tolhurst Christmas Traditions :: Part 2

We hope you liked our first 12 Traditions. Here are the next 13 Team Tolhurst Traditions, to carry you through to Christmas Day! (Sorry I am a little late in posting.) You can follow along on instagram | @sassianne @instasam_iam #25teamtolhursttraditions

13 :: Plan your Christmas meal
So many meals, so little time … get a jump start on planning your holiday meals. If you are anything like me, you’ll love the feeling of writing a big long list of everything from festive food to fancy table décor!
My favourite meal on Christmas Day (actually, any day) is Brunch! This year we are making individual baked egg dishes as well as a hash brown dish & of course coffee and mimosa’s!

14 :: Let’s get creative
There are so many ways to get creative at Christmas time. From wrapping, to wreathing, decking the halls, baking & planning party outfits, the list is endless. Find an avenue you like & go all out in getting your creative on!

15 :: Watch your favourite Christmas movies
We have a list of our top 25 Christmas movies that we like to cycle through each year. My top fave’s are :: White Christmas, Holiday Inn, The Holiday, Elf & Miracle on 34th Street.

16 :: Go ice skating outdoors
Now, in my mind this is such a romantic fun activity to do … in reality I am usually so cold within minutes of being outside that I rarely enjoy this experience! However, every year I try again, just to make sure …

17 :: See a local production
I have heard a number of people have an annual evening each Christmas to see The Nutcracker at the Ballet … I am determined to start this tradition in our family this year.

18 :: Buy a Christmas day dress
Growing up, my sisters and I would always buy a new dress to wear on Christmas day. A fun new look to celebrate in! Since being married my husband has carried on the tradition and continues to buy me a new dress each year. Yes, he picks it and yes, every year I have loved it!

19 :: Christmas Lights
Make a thermos of hot chocolate & drive around looking at Christmas Lights. Or if you are in Calgary, make a trip to the zoo to experience Zoo Lights!

20 :: Pick a gift wrapping theme + wrap your gifts
Oh how I love to wrap! It really is such a delightful experience for me. Each year I go out and buy my wrapping theme. And its not always “Christmasy” This year I have brown & white printed paper and neon coloured ribbon! Think outside the box!
Gather your friends and make a night of it.

21 :: Fill your Christmas Stockings
Last year Samuel and I started a new tradition where we made filling each others stockings into a game. We set a $50 limit, and had a limited time in 2 stores in which to purchase. It was fun & caused us to be decisive, quickly!

22 :: Buy Christmas Eve Pj’s
This is a tradition we have picked up since living in Canada, it seems to be quite popular here. I love putting on those fresh new jammies and getting cozy on Christmas Eve. I cannot wait to find some this year for Zeke!

23 :: Christmas Eve Service
There really is something magical about being at church on Christmas Eve. Whether it is midnight mass or earlier, stopping to reflect on the real reason we are celebrating, is both calming and refreshing after all the hustle and bustle.

24 :: Open a gift on Christmas Eve
Snuggle up with a cup of mulled wine & chocolate as you share a sneaky gift before the whirlwind of Christmas.

25 :: Sleep out by the tree & read the Christmas story
On Christmas Eve, Samuel and I love to move our bed out by the Christmas tree. We slow down, read the Christmas story and fall asleep to the rhythmic blinking of the twinkling lights.

There you go! 25 of our family traditions. Hope you enjoyed them and maybe picked up a few new ones for you and your tribe.
May you have a radiant Christmas & a delightful New Year!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Team Tolhurst Christmas Traditions :: Part I

25 Days of Team Tolhurst Christmas Traditions

Well, its that time of year where celebrations and sparkles reign.
Where lights twinkle + sugar is sprinkled,
Traditions are created & saved.
It’s Christmas Time!

For the next 25 days on instagram I am going to be sharing pictures of our personal family traditions or new traditions I would like to adopt.
Follow along on instagram @sassianne & @instasam_iam
 Just in case you need inspiration for creating some of your own, here are the first 12 of our 25 Team Tolhurst Traditions.

1 :: Decorate the Christmas Tree
Growing up the 1st of December was the traditional day of decorating the Christmas Tree. This is a tradition Samuel and I have continued in our married life. I must admit, I do set up a few other Christmas decorations in anticipation to this day!

2 :: Create Your Own Advent Calendar
It’s never too late to start your advent calendar! This year we have added “Random Acts of Kindness to each day of our calendar. Inside each bag is an ornament to hang, a candy to eat + an act to do.

3 :: Buy a New Christmas Ornament
My mum has bought each of her 6 children a new ornament every year of our lives! And now our spouses and children too. My husband and I have also adopted this tradition & we are so excited to buy our son his first ornament by local designer @milkandhoney.yyc
No themed tree for us, but an eclectic messy work of art!
4 :: Christmas Décor
Get creative with your décor. Simplify it & look for new ways to use what you have.
I love filling up glass vases with coloured ball ornaments.

5 :: Create a Christmas Music Playlist
Or just let do it for you! I don’t ever tire of Christmas music, the new, the old, all day, every day!

6 :: Christmas Baking
Now this is a tradition I would like to adopt. I sometimes occasionally bake. But this year we have promised friends we will bake with them while watching a Christmas movie, so I am accountable now!

7 :: Create + Enjoy Christmas Drinks
Most evenings between now and Christmas are filled with family and friends celebrating, watching Christmas movies and wrapping gifts, so why not cheers with creative + festive drinks?! Here is a list of our favourites -
Bailey’s in coffee, Mimosa’s, kahlua in hot choc + mulled wine! 

8 :: Create a Christmas Card
Creating + writing Christmas cards as a kid was one of my favourite holiday things to do but these days I am usually pretty terrible at writing them. Now I love to pick a fun picture of us from the year and turn it into our Christmas card! I simply edit the picture at home and print it them out at Walmart.

9 :: Host a Christmas Party
Sometimes there are just too many people we want to give a gift to and so years ago we came up with the tradition of hosting a Christmas Party in lieu of gifts. We invite our dearest fun friends and enjoy either an evening of appies and wine or a morning of brunch and mimosa’s!

10 :: Build a Gingerbread House
Truth be told, I don’t actually like eating ginger bread houses … But there is something fun about gathering some of your besties & sweet treats and letting their creative juices fly!

11 :: Make a Hamper for Someone in Need
Each Christmas Samuel + I will try to make a hamper for a family in need. If we can, we like to include others in this random act of kindness & go shopping as a group. We set a budget & make a game of it to see how close we can stick to the budget.

12 :: Doing Gifts verses Material Gifts
My husband Samuel is a minimalist to the max! He does not like stuff, so material gifts are hard to buy for him. So when we got married (11 years ago) we started the tradition of buying “doing gifts” or an activity. One of us will buy the doing gift for us both to do & the other one will buy a few material gifts. We alternate each year who gets what!

Well, there you have it! The first 12 Team Tolhurst Traditions! Stay tuned for the next 12 and don’t forget to follow along on instagram | @sassianne & @instasam_iam