Christmas is a sacred time to spend time with friends and family, but who says Christmas can’t be kitschy? You’ve gotta have a sense of humour to get through those long Canadian winters!
As a child, my mother would decorate her immaculate Christmas trees with gorgeous twinkle lights, beautiful garlands and matching ornaments. She enjoyed the ritual of decorating it, but preferred to do it alone.
My siblings and I had our own kid Christmas tree to decorate in the rec room, and we could use anything we wanted to dress it up. We had handmade ornaments, candy garland and cartoon character ornaments.
Still, I wish we had access to some of the kitschy Christmas ornaments available today. My sister would have loved a Unicorn Ornament for her obsession with The Last Unicorn, and – let’s face it – my brother deserved to trim the tree with a Krampus.
My mother still decorates her home to divine levels, but she also adds a touch of vintage flair with things like retro Christmas signs, or ornaments passed down from my grandmother.
My siblings and I continue to keep our family Christmas kitschy with ugly Christmas sweaters, funny coffee mugs and trading cheeky Christmas cards!