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ADVENT DAY ONE: Tree-Trimming Party

TO KICK OFF ADVENT 2017, we're having a Tree Trimming Party! We'll be breaking out the tinsel, the eggnog, and the Favourite Photo Ornaments. You can find my DIY for Favourite...

ADVENT DAY TWO: Christmas Concert

IT'S CONCERT TIME! Today, we're off to Massey Hall for the annual Saint Michael's Choir School Christmas Concert, featuring Handel's Messiah and an array of Seasonal Favourites. Okay, so maybe...

ADVENT DAY THREE: Family Book Exchange

TODAY IS OUR FAMILY BOOK EXCHANGE! Secret-Santa-Style, we'll each choose someone in the house to buy a book for. Used and road-side finds are A-okay! Click here to see our...

ADVENT DAY FOUR: Homemade Finishing Salts

MAKE FINISHING SALTS! Each year, we make a big batch of something magical, glam it up, and give it away as our signature gift! Today, we'll be creating some gorgeous...

ADVENT DAY EIGHT: A Very British Netflix Christmas

A VERY BRITISH NETFLIX CHRISTMAS Tonight, we'll watch Season Two of Netflix's The Crown and do some "Very British Christmas" things. We'll make (and probably burn) sponge toffee, sample a few...

ADVENT DAY ELEVEN: Blind Chocolate Tasting

BLIND CHOCOLATE TASTING SAY, WHAT? Today, we'll grab a box or two of chocolates from the drugstore or from a fancy chocolatier, or both. We'll divide them into quarters and...

ADVENT DAY FOURTEEN: Dinner and Star Wars

DINNER AND STAR WARS! DINNER AND STAR WARS! It's the most wonderful time of the year! Today, we'll be sneaking off for a screening of Star Wars, The Last Jedi....

ADVENT DAY FIFTEEN: Family Drama Night

IMPROVISE A CHRISTMAS MYSTERY RADIO DRAMA Round up your jingle bells, your train whistles, and all your best sound props! Inspired by last Sunday's radio listening party and by a...

ADVENT DAY SIXTEEN: Christmas Cookie Marathon

CHRISTMAS COOKIE MARATHON! Today, we're making ALL of the Christmas Cookies! Check out my 12 Days of Holiday Baking for all the recipes! Return to the Advent Calendar 2017 Monthly...

ADVENT DAY EIGHTEEN: Breakfast for Dinner

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER! There's nothing like the smell of Sunday brunch, especially on a Monday night! Bacon? Eggs? Coffee? Maple Syrup? Magic! Seeing as it's the last Monday of the...

ADVENT DAY NINETEEN: #GivingTuesday Forests Ontario

MAKE A DONATION TO FORESTS ONTARIO Forests Ontario is dedicated to making Ontario’s forests greener. Their ambitious tree planting initiatives, extensive education programs, and decades of community outreach have helped...

ADVENT DAY TWENTY: See the Lights!

BREAK OUT THE MITTENS AND TOQUES! WE'RE HEADING OUT TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS! Since we're closing in on the winter Solstice, we might as well take advantage of all...

ADVENT DAY TWENTY-ONE: At-Home Spa Day

SPA DAY AT HOME Break out the sheet masks and polishes. Today, we're going to have a spa day at home. And, we're doing it on the cheap, with whatever...

CHRISTMAS EVE CHECKLIST

IT'S THE LAST DAY OF ADVENT! Here's my Christmas Eve Checklist for 2017 □ Take another brisk walk outdoors and come home to a hot cuppa! □ Prep the mains and...

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Return to the Advent Calendar 2017 Monthly View

NEW YEAR’S EVE Movie Marathon

NEW YEAR'S EVE MOVIE MARATHON Every New Year's Eve, we order take-out (usually Chinese) and have a movie marathon. These usually have a theme. We've done Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter...

Advent Day 1: Tree Trimming Party

TREE TRIMMING PARTY It's December 1st and the Scouts have set up their Christmas tree lot around the corner beside the AME Church. We've had an artificial tree for years....

Advent Day 3: Christmas Cookie Wars

CHRISTMAS COOKIE WARS! Today marks a Battle Royale between the Ancients and the Moderns Today, our favourite Christmas Cookie recipe will go head-to-head with a rookie-newcomer for the title of...

Advent Day 4: Adopt and Invent an Animal

Adopt and Invent an Animal Tuesdays are traditionally giving days on our Advent Calendar Today, we're going "adopt" an animal from a favourite charity We'll be letting the kids decide...

Advent Day 5: Fried Chicken Tour

FRIED CHICKEN TOUR! Today, we're starting stage one of our Fried Chicken Tour of the City of Toronto! T's crazy about fried chicken and looking for the best in the...

Advent Day 6: Late Night Tailgate Party

We've got a late night tonight. So we're going to spend the tail end of it having... A Late Night Tailgate Party Get out the red and green tortilla chips,...

Advent Day 8: Checkered Tablecloth, The Works

Checkered Tablecloth, The Works! Tonight, we're fixing on an old fashioned steakhouse dinner with steaks & burgers, frites & baked potatoes, beer & whisky + dessert! RETURN TO THE ADVENT...

Advent Day 10: Christmas Canning

CHRISTMAS CANNING Today, we're making some extra special holiday gifts. Alongside my famous Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce, we'll be tackling either Lillie O'Brien's Persimmon, Saffron & Vanilla Jam or her...