It’s kind of strange putting up a tree and Christmas decorations knowing you won’t be there at all over Christmas. But there is something about doing this together as a family that I can’t get over. Growing up, in my family, decorating the Christmas tree was a highly regarded tradition. Everyone had to be there. My mom always put on the same music [Amy Grant’s “A Christmas Album”, a Gaither Vocal Band Christmas album from the 90’s, and some rendition of Handel’s Messiah] and we decorated our tree with all of the nostalgic Christmas ornaments we had gathered or made over the years. It was fun and exciting as a child. I know every harmony part to that Amy Grant album. But now that we have our own family, we have to decide for ourselves how we are going to celebrate holidays. We had no intention of making any family traditions. We just put up our tree. Our tiny, $20 tree I bought at Meijer before I was even married. But watching Willow learn how to hang the ornaments on the tree (thank goodness I bought plastic ones), and get really excited by each unique ornament we have obtained since we’ve been a family, was a really cool thing to observe as a parent.
Afterwards we made our way to the Distillery District’s Christmas Market, which is a foot traffic only part of “Old Town” Toronto that is filled with unique shops, restaurants, etc and gets really decked out at Christmas time. It was a beautiful place to be but was a little crowded for our taste. And the goods being sold at the Christmas market were $$$$$$$!So we decided to walk halfway across the city to find one of the three Chipotles in town. It was SO worth it. I don’t know if we’ll do Christmas the same every year, but I can guess that Chipotle might be a Christmas tradition we hang on to.