New Christmas Memories

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m far, far from my family and all the things that make up most of my Christmas memories. Happily, my Edmonton family, my wonderful spouse Steven, helped make this year’s Christmas Eve Day lovely. Christmas Eve was always the big day for my family. We spent it together cooking and eating and playing games and opening presents. Christmas Day was nice, but it was for seeing what Santa brought and then spending the day playing with all the presents. Presents are nice, but nothing compared to a day of family time when it comes to making memories.

My new Christmas Eve Day memories include going out to eat at our favorite Indian buffet, New Asian Village.* I ate more than I should have and indulged in naan and gulab jamun because I’m taking a holiday from avoiding gluten.** When we were good and stuffed, we headed to the movie theatre to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the third time. This time I tried to purposely draw my eye to the parts of the frame I don’t normally look at. I tried to focus on the backdrops and the action in the distance. It ended up being a really Zen way to watch the movie. I felt less caught up in the action, but more immersed in the world, if that makes any sense. I loved it. And I can’t wait to see if a fourth time, when I’ll decide to focus on something else. Continue reading

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Random Christmas Memories

E-Christmas

Happy holidays everyone! Thought I’d jot down some random Christmas memories that always bring me cheer. I’m killing time until Steven gets home. Apparently having Christmas Eve off isn’t a thing in Alberta. He’s working a half day. In some ways, I am still getting used to Canada. Then again, Boxing Day is a holiday here, so that’s a nice bonus. When he gets home, we’re going out for Indian buffet and then to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens again. Third time will almost certainly be a charm!

Anyway, on to the random Christmas memories! (And this is me trying to stay cheery, even though the folks involved in these memories are 1500 miles away.) Continue reading