Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

by torontogirlwest on December 24, 2012

I’m writing this entry aboard one of the Sprit class vessels of BC Ferries – destination Swartz Bay – otherwise known as Vancouver Island! The beautiful place where the Husband grew up, where we met, and where my in-laws reside!

Our plan is to spend the remainder of Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day with the Island familia! This is a big deal for us because it’s oh so very convenient to head over to Victoria to spend the holidays with them; all it takes is an hour and a half ferry ride. Β During our years in the Rockies, the proposition of spending Christmas with family meant either a 10 hour drive, plus ferry time to the island or a 5 hour plane ride to Toronto. And although we’re still much too far from my parents we are at least not quite as isolated nowadays.

 

Christmas Numero Uno

In fact, we’ve already celebrated Christmas #1 in our Coastal Casa. We invited one of our good friends who made the move from the Rockies more or less at the same time as we did. We often joke that we’ve incorporated him into our little family of three so it made absolute perfect sense that we would share the best of the season with one another!

Condo Christmas Tree Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

I planned an evening that was super delicious but didn’t require a massive amount of prep.

Cheese Platters Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

Of course there was a cheese platter.

Wine Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

Wine.

Curious Puppy Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

And one very curious puppy.

Appies Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

We enjoyed the appetizers and drinks for a while before partaking in the main feast.

Ham Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

The stars of which were roasted ham.

Candied Yams Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

Candied Yams.

Feast1 Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

An a Latin American coleslaw type dish, called escabeche.

Daisy Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

Of course, we also exchanged presents.

Bully Stick Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

Daisy scored the biggest bully stick ever.

Dog Ignoring People Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

Which resulted in her kicking her other toys off of her bed in favour of some alone time with her gift. HA!

Thomas Haas Stollen Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

We finished off the night with one of Thomas Haas’ famous stollen.

Christmas Cake Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

And a Christmas Cake from a local Chinese bakery.

All in all, it’s safe to say we had an absolutely wonderful time. And I must confess that high up in our Coastal Casa condo, surrounded by laughter, wine, loved ones, and the sounds of Charlie Brown’s Christmas, it truly felt like a special time of year!!

 

From Our Casa to Your Casa

One of the things I love most about Christmas is counting my blessings . . . and year after year, I count my reader amongst my blessings. I first started this blog when I was new to my Rocky Mountain existence. Those were some lonely early days but thanks to this blog, and all of you, I felt like I had a support system. Throughout the years, many of you have changed from readers to people I count amongst my good friends. I am continually amazed by the world that has been opened up to me as a result of blogging!

Tonight, when I say my Christmas prayers, I will say one in gratitude for all of you!

So from my casa to your casa, we hope you have the Merriest and most Blessed Christmas possible!!!

Question: Do you have any special Christmas Eve traditions? Where I come from we do all our celebrating on Christmas Eve but now that I’m married, Christmas Eve is about church and Christmas Day is about the dinner and presents!

pixel Feliz Noche Buena! Happy Christmas Eve!

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coco December 25, 2012 at 2:40 am

Merry christmas.

Christmas is my birthday so our tradition is to celebrate my birthday. We almost always go out for a fine dining at night, but this year we’ll going for lunch because the little one needs to go to sleep early at night! :)
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torontogirlwest December 25, 2012 at 10:32 am

Oh Happy Birthday Coco!!! What a blessing, the first Birthday and Christmas with your little girl!!!

I hope it’s lovely in every way possible! :)

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Samantha Angela December 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

Merry Christmas!!!
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torontogirlwest December 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

Merry Christmas to you, your husband, and your lovely little doggy!!!! :)

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TorontoRunner December 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Merry Christmas!!
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torontogirlwest January 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

To you too!!!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

Awwh looks lovely! We did dinner here on Christmas eve… and then Christmas at our friends place on Christmas day! It was perfect, we still have an open house to go to tomorrow, and then another family dinner on Friday!! :) Busy busy, but today we have nothing and it’s going to be lovely!

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torontogirlwest January 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I love the island tradition of open houses! We had one in Vancouver right before New Year’s and it was perfect! I think we’ll turn it into a yearly event!!!

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Marianne December 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Awww, what a fun little Christmas. Not to mention the ham looked amazing :) We don’t do much on Christmas Eve – just have a “no leftovers” dinner with my family, and maybe play some card games. Christmas Day is when we do all the dinner/presents/family stuff.
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torontogirlwest January 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Okay so I have to tell you that the bark you made was fantastic!!!! :D

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Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete December 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I’m definitely grateful for you!! ;) Merry Christmas, my friend!
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Toronto Girl West January 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Gracias Nicole! I’m grateful for you also!!! :)
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Bela December 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Merry Christmas and it looks like you had a great Chrsitmas Eve :)
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torontogirlwest January 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Thanks Bela! We did!!! I hope you did as well! :)

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