Christmas Tree Envy

Last weekend we ventured out to the forest (otherwise known as the IKEA parking lot) to select and chop down our Christmas tree. Okay, maybe we just selected the tree that had already been felled and neatly tied-up in plastic twine. But we still had to sort through what appeared to us to be aContinue reading “Christmas Tree Envy”

AWOL Mincemeat

Like my mother, and grandmother before, I have taken on the festive ‘chore’ of baking dozens of tarts and several Tourtière. Over the course of the last couple of weeks of November and first half of December I pick up a few ingredients each week when we do our grocery shopping. Powdered almonds and seedlessContinue reading “AWOL Mincemeat”

From Mr. Potato Head to Flushin’ Frenzy

In 1952 George Lerner designed a toy called Mr. Potato Head. Originally the toy consisted of several facial features, ears, and hats that could be pushed into a potato (or any other veggie really). I assume Lerner figured that even a poor family could spare one spud for decorating, it could also be eaten after.Continue reading “From Mr. Potato Head to Flushin’ Frenzy”

Seasonal Song Correction

Here we are in the early days of November and the annual debate over Christmas decorations and music is already in full swing. Is it too early to put up decorations? What about playing Christmas carols in stores? All in an effort to instil yuletide spirit in shoppers with the hope separating them from theirContinue reading “Seasonal Song Correction”

Epilepsy and Flashing Bridge Lights

Lights on @pontJCBridge are on fiyah tonight. View from Maison Radio-Canads rooftop cam #allofthelights pic.twitter.com/P63L6dN5NM — Silvet Ali (@silvet) December 20, 2017 Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge has been fitted with a vast number of lights. This was done at significant expense and was not without detractors. It occurred to me when I saw the tweet aboveContinue reading “Epilepsy and Flashing Bridge Lights”

IKEA Swedish for Common Sense – Sometimes

Recently we made our annual trek to IKEA to purchase our Christmas tree – contrary to yesterday’s post.  I understand IKEA isn’t everybody’s cup of Glögg, but I enjoy the occasional foray into the madness that is a Saturday in the big yellow and blue building. I don’t want to relocate to Sweden, but IKEAContinue reading “IKEA Swedish for Common Sense – Sometimes”

Nothing Like Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree

Usually, my wife and I go to a market or municipal lot, perhaps a charity site, for our Christmas tree. But this year I put my foot down and said we should go out into the forest and cut down a tree. No fancy cultivated shrub for us this year, no sir. No store-bought patina. So off weContinue reading “Nothing Like Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree”

Annual Christmas Tree Drop 2017

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “Annual Christmas Tree Drop 2017”