Thursday, 15 December 2011

My blog's sixth month anniversary

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

How French-Canadians celebrated Christmas back in the day

In Québec, Canada where I am originally from we celebrate Christmas on December, 24th. Traditionally it's a religious and social occasion and it's a perfect time for large family to get together and celebrate. People would start preparing foods and presents weeks in advance. Back then, when the only transportation was horses, they would pack their sleigh with bunch of children from the whole neighborhood and whoever else wants to hop in the sleigh for a ride are welcomed, too - more the merrier! It was like a pilgrimage - they would ride through the whole rural area and the village to finally arrive to church by 11pm-12am for the mass (All the people would be dressed in their best garments including fur coats. Back in those days most people were poor, so this celebration was a very big deal for them). After they arrive they greet each other and by midnight the mass starts. It will not end before 1:30am.

After the mass everybody goes to different houses to have a huge celebration, which is called the "réveillon". It usually went on all night, so the actual Christmas Day was spent sleeping. Christmas marked the beginning of "le Temps de Fêtes", a holiday period of visiting and celebrating that ended on January 6 with "la Fête des Rois" (Epiphany). In large French-Canadian families, as many as 60 to 70 people might sit down to enjoy the food at the "le réveillon". Traditional foods would include "tourtière" (meat pie of pork and beef), "cipâte" (game meat and vegetable casserole), roast goose, and desserts such as "bûche de Noël" (traditional dessert served near Christmas) or "tarte au sucre" (sugar pie). I must mention here that it all goes with lots and lots of different kind of alcohol to make the celebration more exciting!
As one person would know how to play violin, the other - to sing, and the rest - to dance, you can imagine that it was a blast of fun and laughter.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Have nothing to wear 2! Here's some sample

As I promised on my previous post, here are the pictures of my outfit for the coming week.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Have nothing to wear!? Here's the solution

Every morning after I wake up I never know what to wear. I have had this problem since I can remember myself. So, few days ago I had my last drop of patience gone and I decided to change this situation.
My goal was to wake up and have 5 outfits ready for me to wear at any time of the week. And this is for all kinds of activities – whether it’s a gym or a business meeting.
First thing I did was I went through the whole wardrobe. I started from my pants - I took them all out from my closet and tried them on to make sure they are right size, right length, have no stains, fit with my shoes perfectly and don’t need any repair. Those that didn’t fit the criteria went to another pile to take care of later (give away to charity, repair, or clean).
After my pants, I did the same with my T-shirts and shirts, blouses, skirts, etc. While doing all this I tried all the things on and organized them by color and by season. By season I mean winter and summer. As it is winter now - I put away summer clothes.
After all this is done, now it’s time to put our outfits for the week together. I would advise you to get your agenda out and see if you have any important meetings to attend, casual days, special events, etc. Most of us have the following agenda: regular business days, special events, cocktail parties, casual days, sports, romantic dinners, nights out, important business meetings, weddings, etc. Now, take some time and think of what occasions you have the most in your life and then adjust your wardrobe accordingly. Have fun doing so and don’t forget to identify pieces you are missing, therefore you can do shopping smartly in future. And while you are doing all this I will prepare some pictures of my selection for the coming week and post them in my next post under organizing category.

By the way, even Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City" had a great time doing it! Why can't you?

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

My Thoughts on 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011

As these 45 most powerful images of 2011 came out they really made a great impact on me. These images once more reminded me of how quickly one's life can change. We take everything that we own for granted, even when we are trying to be as conscious as we possible can. I can relate to that because this year when I had my ski accident in a matter of second I had to face that I might not be walking again. And even then I realized that it could be much worse, especially when I compare my situation to the images below. So the lesson that I'm learning when seeing these pictures is appreciate and give thanks for what you have and how your life is now, because it can be taken away from you at any moment and there's nothing that you can do about it.

These are the images that influenced me the most. You can see more of them here.

Monday, 5 December 2011

My Christmas Decorations

I finally finished decorating my house! Ta-daaah:


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas is coming! Ho-Ho-Ho!

It's first of December and finally my porch Christmas decoration is done! And what about you? Did you decorate yours already?