Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Highlight Of The Holidays

Our plan this year was to spend a couple of days in our old city of Montreal visiting family and friends on Christmas day and Boxing Day. We didn’t officially commit to taking this trip until a couple of days prior to our leaving because it was all dependant on the weather. Such is the way in Canada. You just never know when a snowstorm will kick in and hinder your plans. Well, lucky for us, the weather did hold up and we were able to go. And even luckier for us that we returned last night way before the first major snowstorm headed our way began. I tell you, one of the most frightening things is driving in a snowstorm at night. Thankfully, we didn’t have to, and we’re back home safe and sound. Amen to that.

Moving along...

Our trip was wonderful, and I came home in high spirits. When we moved to Kingston in 2009, we left behind all our family members and oldest friends that we would typically share holidays with. As a result, unless we drive over to see them, we don’t have anyone to spend Christmas day with. And spending Christmas alone – a day that is all about sharing all the joys of the holiday with the special people in your life – is not much fun. So we go if we can to be with the ones that mean most to us.

This trip was the highlight of the week. Of course, my camera went along for the ride...thank you for asking. And, yes, I took oodles of photos, some of which I will be sharing with you one day next week. I would have liked to post them earlier, but we just got back last night and I haven’t had time to go through them all.


But I will share the image below with you and the story behind it. You see, every special occasion (Christmas, Valentine’s day, anniversary, birthday...) since we met, my husband and I give each other a card. But not just any card. It has to be ‘the card’. The card that overwhelms. The card that makes the heart skip a beat or two.  You get bonus points if the card makes the eyes fill up with tears, and you hit the jackpot if a tear or two roll down a cheek.

So here’s my husband with ‘the card’ that I chose for him. He was overwhelmed, and I think the eyes may have welled up a little. But definitely no tears spilling over. Oh well, maybe on Valentine’s...


As for the snowstorm that hit our city overnight, let’s just say that it’s beginning to really look like winter out there. And the snow hasn’t stopped yet. This would be a good time to be lying on a beach on a tropical island. Sigh...

14 comments:

  1. Christmas in Montreal, how wonderful, Martha! And I agree it was so nice that the storm held off sdo that people could come and go safely over the holidays! Looking forwaed to more of your photos!

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    1. It was such a great trip. It really made me happy to get together with everyone. And I'm so glad that storm didn't hit until after people returned home. Thank goodness for that!

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  2. Glad that you managed to avoid having to travel in the bad weather, Martha. I bet everyone was delighted to see you. Loved hearing about "the card" - very romantic!

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    1. Everyone was happy to see us, and we were happy to see everyone! 'The card' is my favourite part of every holiday!

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  3. What a wonderful tradition to have with the cards Martha. Very sweet!
    We are getting that snow now here in Nova Scotia and the plow has been by a few times already! and away we officially go into winter!

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    1. It is my favourite tradition. I always look forward to the next 'card'. Looks like we're all dealing with oodles of snow!

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  4. stay safe during the snowstorm

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  5. oh Martha, this is so sweet... the card you gave your husband is beautiful and the fact that you got him teary eyed even more touching... P.S. we will not tell him you shared this with us ;-)

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    1. Hahaha...thanks, Ana; we'll keep this between us! Those cards we give each other are better than any other gift!

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  6. The special "card" is just the sweetest thing! Glad you escaped the storm and are safe back home.

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    1. I'm so grateful that the storm didn't hit until after we returned. At least we got a chance to share Christmas with our families!

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  7. I'm glad that you and your husband got to spend Christmas with the people you love. Also that you had a safe trip. I love the tradition of card giving that you and your husband share. It is very sweet. I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures in the near future! Happy weekend and new year!

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    1. Spending time with the people we love is the best way to enjoy the holidays. I'm so happy the weather was nice, so we can do that. The card giving tradition is a favourite for me; it is our special moment. Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend. Happy New Year to you, too!

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