Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

Winter | Darkness | Cold | Quiet | Inside Hiding

Friday, December 21st, 2012

a winter

It’s a special time of year… and it’s also a time for new beginnings.  A time that we reflect and look forward into a new year.  It’s also a time to focus on our family, friends as well as ourselves.

We stay in more.  We get scared to go outside in the dark.  We are too chicken of the cold & we tend to live inside in silence without music.

Open your eyes, dress up, get outside, go for a walk, go for a hike, go for a drive.  Turn on the radio.  Download some new songs for a new year and let them play.  Phone a friend.  Go out for coffee.  Shovel some snow.  Buy a $5 gift card from Tim Horton’s and give it to the garbage man, the secretary at school or even a stranger you see walking towards you.

Have a great year!  Kiss your kids.  Tell them you love them.  Phone someone you went to high school with.

Just keep doing!  Just keep going!  Just keep dreaming + trying to better yourself as you move forward.  You can’t go back and change the past… you can just work on today and each day that comes.  Just focus on today.  Make today great!

Toronto Christmas Market | The Distillery District

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The Distillery District at Christmas time is a magical place filled with buzz and excitement on a chilly winter night.  We all need to escape and experience the sounds, smells, new tastes with the people around us that we know and don’t know.

Eat Me Tuesday | Hot Chai Cider | For A Wintery Day

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012


It’s a chilly day here in the woods! What better time to curl up by the fire with a book and some Hot Chai Cider. Just pop a chai tea bag in a pot and simmer with cinnamon sticks, a bit of water and some apple juice or cider. The tea adds a nice spice to the traditional cup of cider. Serve hot with cookies!


Funday Friday | Let’s Have Fun | Toronto Christmas Market

Saturday, November 24th, 2012


Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market lights up the city for third consecutive year. This magical event returns to the Distillery Historic District, November 30 to December 16.

A seven hundred year old tradition has now officially, and permanently, made its way into Toronto’s calendar and cultural fabric. The Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market, put on by the Distillery Historic District, is on for a third year, November 30 to December 16. Organizers announced its program today and, based on it and last year’s event, it’s going to mean a whole lot of fun and magic for residents and tourists alike, from the very young to the elderly. The only prerequisites: an appreciation for open-air activities, a curiosity for Old World Christmas markets, and an ability to walk on cobblestone.

“The Lowe’s Christmas Market is a not-to-be-missed event,” said Mathew Rosenblatt, one of the event’s creators. “In many ways it symbolizes what Toronto has to offer – intrigue, fun, beauty through art, community and seasonal celebrations of import to our residents.”

The event is free and expected to attract an estimated 200,000 visitors.

The Old World has rarely felt so new and exciting. For the past 700 years, Christmas Markets have dotted the landscape in Germany, Austria, and other parts of Europe. Markets endear visitors with their artisanal products, Christmas decorations, entertainment, festive activities and ambience. Founded in 2010, the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market captures the heritage and charm of these traditional European Christmas markets.

“On an ordinary day, the Distillery Historic District has a way of transporting visitors to another time and place,” said Rosenblatt. “During this two-week period, we’re able to offer visitors even more by allowing them to rediscover the magic of Christmas and to experience the grandeur, sights and sounds of a traditional European Christmas Market, right here amidst the comforts of Toronto.”

With over 40 vendors, 18,000 lights, a 45-foot White Spruce tree donated by Trees Ontario and a wide variety of entertainment, the event features a little something for everyone. There is Santa’s Lane that features a fairytale forest maze, Santa’s House presented by Natrel Baboo, a children’s size gingerbread house and the elves’ workshop presented by Lowe’s. New this year is The South Pole presented by MasterCard’s Priceless Toronto, which offers a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, train, and pony rides.

The complete list of Canadian performers set to take to the stage are:
Measha Brueggergosman: Friday, November 30 at 6 p.m.
Neverest: Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m.
Royal Wood: Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m.
Kira Isabella: Friday, December 7 at 7 p.m.
Jarvis Church: Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m.
Suzie McNeil: Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m.
Sean Jones: Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.
Matt Dusk: Saturday, December 15 at 7 p.m.

Other event features that will be taking place on the event’s main stage nightly are Candy Cane Carollers, Santa’s Elves Sing-Alongs, the Oriana Women’s Choir, the Salvation Army’s Christmas Brass Ensemble, and many more.

With the help of sponsors and local merchants, the event also features complimentary gift wrapping, a full-site license with a variety of beer and mulled wine (Glühwein) gardens, specialty treats, handcrafted items, carolers, and much more.

The city is invited to get into the holiday spirit and join the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market on Friday, November 30 at 6 p.m. for the official tree lighting ceremony and special musical guests to mark the festival’s opening. In addition, event organizers will also celebrate St. Nicholas day on December 5 and Saint Lucia Day on December 12, both beginning at 6 p.m.

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About Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
The Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market takes place at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto from November 30 to December 16. The event, now in its third year, recreates the magic of traditional European Christmas markets that began in the early 1400s and features family-friendly entertainment, food and merchandise from around the world, outdoor heated beer and mulled wine gardens, and a 45-foot White Spruce Christmas tree decorated with over 18,000 lights.

Stop + Reflect

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

We need to stop ourselves in our tracks and think about this year and the season upon us.  We need to commit to ourselves to get outside and don’t let the winter go by.  We need to learn how to dress up and get outside and discover that their is birds still around…  the sound of the wind moving between the trees and the soft snow that falls around us.

We need warm socks… mitts and a good chunky scarf.  We need to get outside and after sit with a good friend over his or her’s warm beverage preference.

Enjoy the season that is coming upon us quick!