Christmas Amidst Covid Restrictions: Ideas for Making the Holidays Magical

Our family truly LOVES Christmas. We love everything about it: the music, the meals/desserts, the crafts, the decorations, the community events and activities, the time with family, the movies … it is without a doubt our favourite holiday of the year. With all of the current COVID restrictions here in B.C. (and all over the country/world), this Christmas is going to be a bit different than what we are used to. Many of our traditions, such as parades and family gatherings, are not allowed. The past nine months have been very tough (for both adults and children), therefore I am determined to do everything I can to make the holidays magical for my young children.

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Elfie 2020: Her first week back

Elfie is back, and our children couldn’t be happier! The girls even lost sleep the night before Elfie arrived – see Elfie’s Return: Bringing Joy to the family (and maybe just a few tears!) for more on this!

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Turning 7 during isolation: Making our daughter’s birthday special

Like many children, our eldest daughter recently celebrated her birthday during self-isolation. I was determined to make sure that she had a memorable birthday – despite the fact that she couldn’t have the birthday party she had been dreaming of (and talking about!) for months.

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Elfie 2016: Week 1

I know that not everyone loves Elf on the Shelf. Some think he/she is a bit creepy, and some just don’t have the time to be posing an elf every night before bed. Both concerns are incredibly valid, and have definitely crossed my mind! We have not taught our daughter any of the backstory about Elf on the Shelf – we just told her that Elfie has magic, and she often comes out to play while we are sleeping!

Every morning Baby E gets up and searches for Elfie. I hear her squeal when she finds Elfie, and she usually has a conversation with Elfie (for example, answering “Thank you Elfie!” to a note Elfie left telling her to have fun at The Nutcracker!) Despite the time it takes each night … I just cannot stop a tradition that brings such genuine happiness and amazement to my daughter’s life!

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Christmas Traditions

I love traditions. I love the feeling of familiarity, the anticipation, and the excitement when you know what’s around the corner. We have many traditions as a family, some which began when I was a little girl: wakeboarding and tubing in the summer, staying in a cabin as a family every Labour Day weekend, eating dinner at The Keg every time my Aunt and Uncle come to visit, and many more. But some of my very favorite traditions happen at one of my favorite times of year – Christmas.

I remember being a little girl and looking forward to Christmas time so much. My Aunt would come and visit for a week, and every night we would play board games and card games after dinner. On Christmas morning, we always teased her about waking up earlier to open gifts together – one morning, we even tossed rocks at her window to wake her up! We would receive a new pair of Christmas PJs  and tree ornament each year, a book from my grandfather … and we would have cod fish cakes on Christmas morning! That was one of my Mom’s traditions when she was little … and unfortunately, we never really took to it!! One year, my Dad decided to start a new tradition of waffles, sausages, and bacon. Now there’s a breakfast tradition that I can get behind (sorry Mom!). Over the Christmas holidays we would decorate the tree as a family, make homemade Christmas cards for our friends and family, and for the past few years, celebrate Christmas Eve with the famous Seafood Dinner! The reason I look forward to Christmas time so much each year is because of these traditions – these shared memories and experiences with my family, and the promise of many more to come.

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