Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It Only Took Me a Week...

When everything Christmas started to go up immediately after Halloween, I was less than enthused. Wayyy too early, I thought. But I'm changing my mind. I think the getting ready for Christmas is what makes November exciting, rather than cold and dreary. It's the anticipation of things to come. And living in Toronto makes the Christmas season especially exciting...


The Christmas windows have been put up at The Bay on the corner of Queen and Yonge. I haven't had the chance to go see them up close (and the picture is from last year), but I can guarantee that they will be fantastic. I remember, during university, we came to Toronto on a bus trip to see a musical, and the "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" windows just took my breath away. I have been excited for the windows ever since.
And on Yonge Street, the Christmas lights have been put up, so when I go on break from placement, I get to walk under these stars. It is especially pretty in the area I have my placement, because there are trees in the divider in the middle of the road that are also covered in lights. It makes me happy to work the evening shift.

Soon soon soon, if not already, the Swarvsky tree will be put up in the Eaton Centre. They were getting the base ready for it when I was there last Saturday. Last year, 2 cousins and I went to the Eaton Centre shopping one evening, and ahead in the distance I noticed the tree. One of my cousins absolutely loves Christmas, so I made her walk towards the tree with her eyes closed until we got up close enough to get the perfect view - and she almost peed she was so excited. The entire tree is covered in Swarvsky crystal ornaments, and the entire thing rotates and the ornaments catch the light perfectly, it is beautiful!

And, this Sunday, it is the Santa Claus Parade! I grew up watching the parade on tv, and so last year when I could actually see it in person, I was thrilled. It is big and crowded and terribly impressive. I love Christmas parades. I went to the one on my hometown with my family every year growing up. When I lived in London for university, I made my friends go with me to see it there. And now, I'm making friends come to the Toronto one with me! I couldn't be more excited for it!!

Any thoughts from you out there? Is it too early for Christmas, or does it help you get through November? What are your favourite Christmas events?

3 comments:

Lily said...

Getting ready for Christmas too early takes the spotlight somewhat off of fall, which I don't like. Traditionally, my family does the tree decorating and house decorating the day after Thanksgiving, so in my mind, that's when we start getting ready for Christmas.

This year, however, I'm planning a Christmas party now (has to be done in advance though), and starting to feel the excitement simmering a little... esp since MN saw the first snowfall (that stuck!) this morning... I can't help but feel like we're approaching holiday mode.

Grey Street said...

I always get annoyed about the early onset of Christmas decorations, but this year it's kind of bumming me out because I don't really think I'll be able to enjoy all of the Christmas festivities that I normally would (being 34 weeks pregnant and my baby due in December!). So the early Christmas stuff is actually getting me kind of excited this year and I'm enjoying what I can!! :)

Sara said...

I'm always excited for Christmas, I've already started listening to the all christmas music station on XM radio and I'm all ready to put my christmas lights up on thanksgiving!