Holidays, Winter Solstice

Season’s Greetings!

Winter Solstice Festivities.  Just thought I`d share some of the ways my family celebrated this years Solstice!

We put up our tree and ** SNOWFLAKE LIGHTS** {Yes I was very excited to find Snowflake lights at Ikea to be able to hang in the window} on December 19.

We were very lucky this year to bring in the Solstice with a lunar eclipse!  This first total eclipse to land on Solstice since 1638!!

We had the pleasure of being invited to a friends house for December 24th.  Dinner there was amazing!  We had quinoa salad w/ cranberries and nuts, a vegan paté, beets, baba ghanoush, an assortments of delicious bread and salad filled with bluberries.  It was a wonderful dinner.  The also created a luge in their back yard and we had a bond fire!  We had a wonderful time and are forever thankful to our hosts for having us!

When we got home my daughter opened her one present which has always been a tradition for us.

In the morning called Oma in the Netherlands, ate breakfast and opened presents.  I got a Thomas Sabo charm bracelet!  *faints*

On the 25th we had friends over for dinner.   I made two lasagna’s, one was vegetarian and one was vegan.  We paired this with salad and wine.  Dessert was *vegan* cookies and cream ice cream {This ice cream is to die for and is soy free as it is made with coconut milk} We played the Game of Life and went out again later to go down my neighbour’s luge!

Today we braved West Edmonton Mall, my daughter had never experienced Boxing Day madness and was dying to see what it was all about.  So we ventured out to see the sights and buy some things.  She left the madness with a gift set from the spicy mandarin collection from Rocky Mountain Soap Co. and a facial wash from The Body Shop, a spare nunchuck for the Wii as well as a bubble gum making set!  Today was a long day and I plan to spend the rest of my evening with a cup of tea and reading the book I received from a friend this Solstice called Zen.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and peaceful Holiday with family and friends!