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Family Advent Calendar : Christmas Eve Checklist

Next year, big changes are coming to The Lunchbox Season and Summer of Funner …dare we say, a transformation? With this in mind, we thought we’d bring you our biggest, best, and most ambitions CHRISTMAS EVE CHECKLIST ever! But, here’s the deal, folks. This isn’t your Christmas List! No need to get all of this […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Bake ALL of the Christmas Cookies + The Lunchbox Season’s Top 10 Holiday Cookie & Bar Recipes

Today is the day when we bake ALL of the Christmas Cookies!  In addition to the world-famous Nestle Tollhouse Cookies recipe on the back of the bag and Better Homes & Gardens’ recipe for Gingerbread Cookie Cut-Outs, we’ve developed an immense list of ORIGINAL Christmas Cookie recipes that we love to bake each year. After six years […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Random Act of Christmas Kindness

Today is our Random Act of Christmas Kindness day. Do something kind, and, if possible, in secret, for someone you don’t know, or, at least, someone you don’t know very well. As with last year, we’re not going to give you any lists of ideas about how to go about making other people happy. You can figure that one […]

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Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas: Make Fudge! Our Recipe for Penuche, Butterscotch Fudge with Pralines

  Today’s Family Advent Calendar post is also part of an amazing media exchange! I’m working with some fantastic online magazines to help you Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas. See the links on the bottom of the page for all of the other makers and innovators who are participating in today’s #canadianlittlechristmas and check out their inspiring […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Support Forests Ontario #givingtuesday

It’s the second #givingtuesday on our Family Advent Calendar. And this one is in honour of trees. As you may know, we lost the giant Norway Maple in our front yard this year. The city of Toronto had to remove it because it was growing old and hollowing out! No worries, it will be replaced next spring […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Holiday Book Swap

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…It’s time for our Holiday Book Swap, a.k.a. our Family Book Exchange! A few days ago, I had everyone pick names from a stocking and choose a book for that person. Last year, we had a theme: Give a Books in which Gifts are Given in Secret. This year’s theme? Simply, […]

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The Lunchbox Season’s Top 10 Gifts for the Kitchen + a Soundtrack

    After this morning’s post about our Christmas Dinner Plans and my Christmas Wish List, so many of you asked about my favourite holiday gifts, I thought I’d draw up a shopping list for YOU. [Prices, in Canadian Dollars, are quoted at time of posting and are not necessarily the prices we paid for those […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Massey Hall Christmas Concert

TODAY’S ADVENT TBD: ATTEND A CONCERT! Today, three of us will be attending Christmas at Massey Hall, a concert with St. Michael’s Choir School, featuring Matt Dusk and The True North Brass. [And the other one will be singing in it!] Afterwards, we’ll grab a hot chocolate or, maybe, hit up a food truck!  Do you […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Tree Trimming Party with Homemade Eggnog

It’s the first Friday in Advent, which means that it’s time to trim the tree!! Tonight, we’ll be getting out the Favourite Photo Ornaments, along with the tree, the lights, and all the other baubles. We’ll order fish and chips, turn on some favourite holiday movies, and eat a few of the Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons we made […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Make Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

What would the first week of Advent be without a little holiday baking? We always wanted to test-drive a coconut macaroon. And, over the past few months, we did so. Today’s the day we go from test-drive to license-to-thrill.  Here’s our best-ever recipe for the Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons we’ll be making today. It’s a slightly […]

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Christmas Eve Checklist

It’s Christmas Eve! Oh my word!! You know what that means…. The Lunchbox Season’s Christmas Eve Checklist □ Bake more cookies for Santa!  □ Feast on the bowtie pasta and simple sauce we made together! □ Make clove oranges! □ Drink hot chocolate and sing carols by the fire! □ Listen to Jon Solomon’s 27th Annual 25-Hour Christmas Radio […]

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Picnic Beneath the Christmas Tree

Today is pure and simple joy! We’re going to have a picnic beneath the Christmas tree! That’s right…. We’re going to order our favourite take-out, turn on the fire, and use the Christmas tree skirt as our tablecloth. Heck, we might even throw a few holiday films on the “big screen” while we munch! Aaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnd…That […]

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Family Advent Calendar : Family Book Exchange

Today is the first day of December, and, for many, the easiest day to think of as the first day in Advent. Of course, we started our annual online Family Advent Calendar on Sunday. But, there’s nothing wrong with having a second kick-off event on December 1st, is there? And, what would be better for […]

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Christmas Eve Checklist and a Gingerbread Bûche de Noël

Christmas Eve Checklist Turn on the Tree Lights and Meditate! Glaze and Slice our Twenty-First Century Canadian Christmas Cake! Bake Cookies for Santa! Mass at the Cathedral! Light a Candle for a Loved One! Indulge in the Feast of the Seven Fishes! [at a Chinese restaurant] Drink Egg-Nog and Sing Carols in Front of the […]

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