Damien Nelson loves Christmas and writing, in that order. By day she works at Toronto's Flip Publicity. By night she sneaks down the chimneys of unsuspecting friends, leaving a trail of gifts in her wake. (Or maybe just a lump of coal.)
We all have Christmas memories from days gone by that transport us right back to specific moments in time. From the smell of the fireplace to the taste of pie, I have many merry memories! Luckily, I was able to find some treasures to help keep my memories alive each Christmas season.
My Grandma’s Ceramic Christmas tree My siblings and I always loved Grandma’s ceramic tree. We would take turns moving around the colourful pegs coming up with different patterns to suit our moods. The best part was the star that, if removed, would create a cool vortex of light that shot right out the top!
What is your favorite Christmas movie or TV special? The Nightmare Before Christmas! Some say it’s a Halloween movie, but in the Sweeney house, it only comes out at Christmas Time!
Does your family have a special or quirky Christmas tradition? We are just starting our traditions (my husband and I have a one year old), but I remember growing up Santa would always write me a letter and leave it on our fireplace so I could read it Christmas morning. It always amazed me that he knew such specific details about my life from the past year. He really is always watching!
Which do you prefer: to give or receive? I love to give. Especially when you have looked far and wide for that perfect gift for someone. I get so excited to see the look on their faces when they open that gift and it’s tailored to them!
Do you do your Christmas shopping early or leave it to the last minute? I’m an early shopper! I can’t help it! It gets so crazy at Christmas time. I know I have to have my shopping done by the middle of December or it doesn’t have a hope!
In which city do you watch your local Santa Claus parade? We watch in Edmonton, Alberta.
Do you still send Christmas cards? YES! I do believe it’s a dying tradition, but I love it. Nothing beats writing a short special message to those that you love. Plus, I’m a mail geek.
Which do you prefer: real or fake Christmas trees? I’ve always had a fake Christmas tree but this is the very first year my husband Bobby has convinced me to get a real one. He says we will never go back….we will see.
Do you consider yourself good at wrapping presents? Yes! I’m a nerd that gets all into it with a matching ribbon and bow too. I usually set aside one night to wrap all the gifts and it is hours of mayhem and mess and sparkles. Ha!
Ugly Christmas Sweaters: Not a Chance – or – The Uglier the Better? I like “Cute” ugly Christmas sweaters. If they light up it’s even better!
What do you want Santa to bring you this year? I would love a weekend away in the mountains with my family. We are lucky in Edmonton that we are only four hours away. My husband works out of town so when he is home, we often are visiting family and friends. But, a weekend to the mountains just us three would be lovely.
CISN COUNTRY 103.9 has an incredible Christmas Initiative called “Christmas Wish“. Listeners submit their wishes to CISN and quite often they grant them! It can be as simple as a Spa Day to thank mom for all that she does, or as specific as a new roof for someone that cannot afford one. Just last week, they granted a wish for a man to see his brother who he had not seen in 20 years (his brother was very sick). You can enter your wish at www.cisnfm.com
The 1990s were a golden age for television sitcoms. There were so many wonderful half hour TV shows that would become lifelong favourites. Once a show had been on air for a few seasons they were bound to have at least one Christmas special. We have dipped into our memory bank to look back on some of the best 90s TV Christmas Specials!
Roseanne: White Trash Christmas
Roseanne was such an amazing show with a fantastic cast. They had a number of Christmas specials over the years but our favourite is “White Trash Christmas”. The episode follows the Conner family after they receive a notice from the neighbourhood association asking them not to put up tacky decorations this year. Roseanne and Dan take this as a challenge and make their yard as tacky as possible!
Now in it’s eighth year, the Toronto Christmas Market has become a treasured annual tradition for Torontonians and visitors from across Ontario and the United States. We have had a booth at the Toronto Christmas Market each year since it began, and have watched this wonderful event grow each year.
The Toronto Christmas Market returns to the Distillery District November 16 – December 23, 2017! Since we have spent so much time there, we thought we should share our favourite things about the Toronto Christmas Market!
The Massive Christmas Tree
Each year Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood find the perfect Christmas tree for the Distillery District. It stands tall and proud over the Market, and becomes the backdrop for millions of selfies on Instagram.
Santa Claus has been featured in countless Christmas specials over the years, but they are not created equal. Sometimes Santa is sugary sweet, and sometimes he is just plain strange! It’s time to celebrate the best of the best Santas in pop culture history!
Ed Asner in Elf
When Buddy the Elf decides to got to New York City to meet his real dad, Santa is one of the first to give him advice:
“Well, there are some things you should know. First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn’t free candy.”
Ed Asner plays a tough as nails Santa with a heart of gold. He is stern yet supportive, and he genuinely cares about his North Pole colleagues and friends.