Monday 19 November 2012

I Officially Declare It Christmas Season!

Now, the Americans will be groaning because they haven't even done Thanksgiving yet.  But, we Canadians get all that out of the way early and move right on to Santa Claus parades, Sunday school pageants and parties.

As a family, we're dealing with increasing distances between our members and, with many having to make 2+ hour car rides to get there, we need to get the extended family together very early in the season.  My cousin's son and his dear wife offered to host as they have the most central location.

My sister, brother in law and I were headed to the big city.  It's not that easy for country folk, you know.  There I am, in full makeup and party clothes, under a barn coat and muck boots, chasing my chickens around and around the pen to herd them into bed early.  It's totally breaking my sister up that I have Gert tucked under one arm while I fight off an irate Charlotte, who doesn't appreciate the early curfew!  I get two chickens in the coop and three chickens run out!

Let's hit the road and see what's new in the world.

What the heck does this sign mean?  I've never seen it before. ~

I'm laughing my head off and saying, "What, we get fined $500 for eating spinach out of a can like Popeye?".  "Is this a Popeye restricted area?".  My sister says that is a good example of how I don't think like anyone else.  She's sure Popeye would not have entered anyone else's mind.  Come on, admit it, some of you thought of him!

Our hostess loves cardinals and her tree was beautifully done up in them! ~ 

I reworked my Elmo heads (not balls) for a Christmas theme and did Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. ~

Baby sweetly said, "Hi, Rudolph" and then picked his nose off and ate it.  I'm a little concerned that she's so comfortable making friends with something and then consuming it.

Don't be fooled by this sweet baby face.  She'll eat you if she takes the notion! ~

For anyone who wasn't named Rudolph, a great time was had!  IT guys and hospital administrators, jockeys and singers, builders and artists, writers and martial artists, farmers and city folk, dogs and kids all came together with a common bond; FAMILY!

We'll travel as far as we have to share the season! ~

I hope this holiday starts as well for each and every one of you!


  1. I was actually thinking beenie weenies...we have gotten so busy we've taken to celebrating with our immediate siblings in the summer...such more fun

  2. hilarious, your chickens had better watch out for the blue eyed baby friend eater - she is gorgeous but obviously deadly

    Had to be about Popeye because Pluto has his ax out underneath the can, awesome post. Elmo balls, Maureen, I love you!

  3. Looks like you have a great start to the season. What a good looking bunch.

  4. That precious baby is innocent. I just know it. This American is cooking for Thanksgiving and putting up the Christmas tree at the same time. Chaos reigns.

  5. oh man. we've been so consumed with getting the floors in, we haven't even thought of Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. What? Halloween is over? oppps!

  6. What a happy looking group there! I am so glad you were able to get together with all your family, Maureen. That is what the holidays are all about to me.
    Love the baby eating the nose. You gotta watch those babies. One time hubster and I were in a dining establishment. We were waiting for our food. Hubster looks over at this very, very pale woman with red hair and said..."If we were on a desert island that is the person that would be eaten first". I said...OMG! WHAT kind of person sits in a restaurant and looks around and said- Oh-We'd EAT THAT patron. I laughed till I wet my pants (well..almost wet my pants). Yeah..there is something basically wrong with him. xo Diana

  7. Looks like a great time with the family! Good for you.


  8. We certainly had a great time. Well worth the travel and I wouldn't have missed the chicken roundup for anything.


  9. the sign means you get a $500 fine if you don't crush your cans before recycling them (duh!0 love the treats and the tree and the chicken story. Happy early Christmas.

  10. I thought the sign was telling you not to throw your empty can of beans on the highway or you'll get a fine. Doesn't say anything about canned corn or peas or whatever though...

  11. Hi Maureen,

    I'm still laughing from this very very funny and FUN post! How lovely, too, that you all make such an effort to get together from 'far and wide'. BTW, my daughter and I will be in Unionville, CANADA (yay!) this Christmas, too! That's about 8400 kilometres and a whole ocean to be with family and friends! Can't wait!

    Love all your festive features: the Rudolph Rice Krispies and of course the gorgeously trimmed tree!

    Thanks for sharing and for officially declaring it Christmas Season!

    Poppy :)

  12. I had the same thought as Marilyn about the sign - sorry I wasn't thinking of Popeye Maureen !!
    I think it's great that you all make an effort to get together, and how wonderful to have such a large family. Love that gorgeous tree and your tasty looking Rudolf's - who could resist !

  13. It means don't litter Maureen and if you got out of the country you would see more of them, we city folk see them all the time, hahaha.
    Love the story and the family picture, I hope you had a good time. Stella is so cute she looks so much like Katie. Love the story.

  14. What a beautiful family you have and I think its great your starting the holidays early! Family is such a blessing no matter where they live. Enjoyed your story about trying to put your chickens in the coop! I can just imagine it! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  15. Oh Wow Maureen - you have me in a panic here - I'm so not ready for Christmas yet lol!!!
    We're the middle of November - but it looks like you all had a wonderful time -
    What do you celebrate on the 25th of December? Valentines day ?
    I could kidnap that little one - too precious

  16. So funny! Never seen that road sign before:) Such a nice family pic. Happy Thanks Giving from the MId Atlantic!

  17. I love this post. It's what its all about! I love the cardinals on the tree! Enjoy your holiday season!

  18. I love these family photos. They are few and far between and real treasures.

  19. Wow! I am loving that tree! The sign was cracking me up...we have some weird ones too. Glad you remembered not to call them Elmo Balls again!