Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Wishes


With very few days left on the holiday countdown clock, the joy of Christmas morning will soon be here. Our holiday preparations are well underway. We have completed my favourite journey of the year - to the Christmas tree farm to get our special tree. For the second year in a row, my son spotted the prized tree. He is quite proud of his tree-selecting skills.


We have dressed the tree with all of our favourite lights and ornaments. The Christmas music is on rotation. And the all-important Christmas gift wishlists have been made.


Compiling the Christmas wishlists is serious business around here. This year, the kids put their usual bickering aside to pour over the Sears Toy Shop catalogue together, their eyes alight with anticipation of the moment they will see their wishlists come to life.

As I mentioned in "12 Great Things About Christmas," seeing my kids with their Christmas morning toys is one of the great joys of the season for me. Sure, Christmas isn't all about getting stuff, but that is certainly one fun part of it!


My favourite page in the Sears Toy Shop catalogue is page 6 - Presents From Christmas Past. With classics like Fisher Price's record player, chatter phone and two-tune music box TV, as well as the classic Etch-A-Sketch, this page brought me back to my own childhood in a big way.

My kids are too big for those childhood classics now, but they found lots of other must-have items in the toy book. I believe my daughter chose 16 items in all...and no, she will not be getting them all! Both of the kids noted that they would like a Zoomer interactive dog. I'm still debating that one - we already have a real dog. That should be good enough! My daughter also asked for the KidKraft adjustable lounger in pink - perfect for relaxing on while enjoying a good book! Among the gifts my son has asked for is the Disney Infinity Starter Pack for PS3.

I have yet to write out my own wish list, but it goes something like this - time to relax with family over the Christmas holidays, maybe read a novel, catch up on my magazines, do some sewing crafts with the kids and watch a couple of grown-up movies at the theatre (with Mom and Dad here to babysit).

What are you wishing for?


Sears Wishes of Joy Contest


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Disclosure: I am part of the Sears Mom Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


18 comments:

  1. Love these pictures, what a perfect tree. Your house looks so beautifully decorated.
    That first picture is beautiful, needs to be framed and put out every Christmas!

    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks so much Pia. So kind of you to say. :)

      Jo

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  2. I love your photos! What a great tradition! p.s THANK GOD FOR SEARS CATALOGUE. The kids have been entertained for HOURS! :)

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    1. Thanks Kyla! I appreciate that. And yes, the catalogue is great for keeping the kiddies entertained (and not asking me for stuff constantly). ;)

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  3. Our Sears catalogue keeps making its way between the girls rooms. I really should have gotten 2!! Next year. I am wishing for a Samsung camera. It is a big wish. :) Great pictures!

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    1. Thanks Shannon. I hope you get your camera. :)

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  4. Joann your photos are lovely and the really convey a sense of peace in your family. My kids ( and I must admit, me to) have always loved to go over the Sears catalogue and book mark the pages. It is a Christmas tradition!

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. We have our peaceful and not-so-peaceful moments. ;) Hoping for more peaceful moments over the holidays.

      The Sears Christmas Wish Book has long been a tradition in our home too.

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  5. Awww.. This is such a gorgeous photo. Much different than our California Christmas!


    Happy Holidays,

    Tanya xx

    November Grey

    My on camera style series -----> Séchoir

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    1. Gosh, I could go for a little California Christmas too Tanya!

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  6. What am I wishing for? Good question. I seldom create a wish list of my own. I would love a new coat and some funky boots. A kettle since mine broke and maybe a bottle of wine. Not much.

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    1. It's funny how we moms neglect our own Christmas wish lists. I hope you get all your desired treasures this year! :)

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  7. So much joy in these pictures. Love it. What am I wishing for? A week to sleep. That would be really nice ;)

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  8. Great pics! That pic of tree cutting reminds me of our many tree cutting adventures when I was a child. Unfortunatley, DS5 is allergic so we have an artificial one now!

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    1. That's a bummer! I didn't know you could be allergic to Christmas trees. :(

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  9. My parents and sister asked what I'd like for Christmas and all I could come up with was the megajar of tahini I spotted :P

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    1. That is a bit sad. ;) But if that's what you want, I hope somebody gets it for you... ;)

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