Festive Favourites

These photos were taken downtown Montréal, just outside my laboratory, and will continue to be my view for the next four months. To me, nothing says winter holidays more than evergreens weighted down with white fluffy snow – though by the time March rolls around and I am still cumbered down by snow boots and winter parkas, I might think otherwise.

I was tagged by the lovely Jenny from Mish Mosh Makeup to join the festivities with this Christmas themed tag! Coming from a Latin American culture, it may be a little different.

^ Festive food
  •  Our traditional Christmas dinner consists mostly of a dish called Hallacas, which is rather hard to explain but it is kind of a mix of meats and veggies wrapped in cornmeal dough, and folded in plantain/banana leaves. Served with this is my favourite festive food pan de jamón - a kind of sweet bread with ham, olives and raisins (which I admit to picking out). Not being a big meat eater, my versions are a bit different, but equally delicious!
^ Reindeer
  • I am not overly familiar with this, but we did sing Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer in middle school choir, and I'd have to say I have a soft spot for Dasher and Dancer – may I refer you to this and this.
^ Day of Christmas
  • We actually celebrate Christmas on the night of the 24th. You can imagine my shock as a child when I discovered this is not the way "everyone" does it, silly me. So, Christmas Eve!
^ Christmas song
  • After living in Vancouver for a substantial amount of time, I feel it would be a crime to not mention Micheal Bublé's Christmas album. On an embarrassing side note, I used to cry whenever I heard Frosty The Snowman when I was younger – something about the idea of a lovely snowman friend melting away made me inconsolable.
^ Present
  • There isn't a present that springs to my mind. In fact, I don't remember what I 'got' in recent years, but what I do remember best is just all of us as a family having a great time together. I don't get to see my family together often, as all of us live in a separate city or country so that is really the best part of Christmas.
^ Festive film
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas hands down.
^ Cracker toy & joke
  • We don't have this tradition, or that of stockings, but I think they both sound really fun. A few years ago my boyfriend's family introduced me to hand made advent calendars, and this year we made each other one and it has been too cute!
^ Christmas decoration
  • All of the decorations! As soon as Halloween is over I get the irresistible urge to bring out everything.
^ Christmas candle scent
  • I can't choose! I like the warm cinnamon and spices candles as much as I like the fresh pine and evergreen candles
^ Christmas TV Ad
  • I don't watch TV so I don't know what ads there are, the only ones I remember are more or less the Coca Cola ones.
^ Festive Tradition
  •  I really enjoy celebrating on the night of the 24th – as a child this was always so exciting, as I got to stay up later than I usually would, and hang out with all of my extended family. I am also really enjoying these hand made advents, is it bad that I'm already building ideas as to what to do for my boyfriend's next year?
^ Christmas fact
  • Don't really know any!
^ Snowman accessory 
  • I have only built one snowman in my life - the year that I moved to Canada and saw snow for the first time I built a tiny snowman on top of a cobblestone wall by my house, and I got a baby carrot to put as his nose. Unfortunately (very, very unfortunately) I couldn't reach his head so I ended up sticking the carrot a bit ....lower. Lets just say it ended up not looking like a PG rated snowman.

This has certainly helped me get more into the holiday spirit (not sure if that is possible)! I'd like to tag Hanne from rougeimaginaire, and Regina from Love To Style xo



  1. LOL! I am laughing so hard at the "Let's just say it ended up not looking like a PG rated snowman." That is soo funny! Also, you favorite Christmas foods sound interesting. I do not eat meat, so I'd replace that with something else, what do you usually replace it with? I've never heard of these dishes before! And the advent calendar sounds like so much fun- I'm really wanting to do something like this next year! ^_^
    Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

    1. Thank you! I usually just omit the meat and make them vegge, but this year I'm trying with soy based meat alternatives for the first time! And perhaps a little bit of smoked tofu in place of the ham in the "sweet bread" if I'm feeling adventurous (:

  2. Thank you for tagging me! :) Those pictures are just wonderful, I wish we had some snow in Belgium.

  3. Hey Dani, I just wanted to let you know that I did the tag! :)