Top 10 Holiday Favourites

We all know that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear (see #2 below), but 24/7 caroling isn’t always possible. On today’s post, we’d like to share a few of our favourite ways to add more fun to your yuletide celebration – singing optional.

  1. Ugly Christmas Sweaters – they’re almost so bad they’re cool at this point! Even if you don’t plan to host or attend an Ugly Christmas Sweater party, you can wear one proudly throughout the holiday season. Keep it clean with our easy-care hand washing instructions for sweaters, located here on our website, so that your can enjoy your sweater for years to come!
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  2. Elf quotes! This silly holiday movie has achieved cult status (if you don’t believe us, just type “elf quotes” into the Pinterest search bar to see all of the pins and related searches which come up), and sharing your favorite Elf quotes is a great way to treat every day like Christmas.
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  3. Handmade Ornaments: you don’t have to be a professional crafter to get professional results! Click here for plenty of easy DIY ideas from PopSugar.
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  4. Celebrate Festivus! Frank Costanza celebrated Festivus on December 23 to “get a jump” on Christmas. The holiday was inspired by one of the Seinfeld writers, whose family actually did celebrate Festivus (although it was a “roving holiday” with no set date).
  5. There are so many fun, creative treats you can eat: snowman on a stick, chocolate pine cones, and rice krispy treats which look like tree ornaments?! We’ve collected plenty more ideas here on our Pinterest board.
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  6. Christmas Jokes! Make up your own,  check out these family-friendly jokes here on Funology.com, or use this free printable from Spread the Joy to share a little Christmas cheer!
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  7. Wear a funny holiday-themed hat…or put one on a furry friend! You can craft one for yourself or buy a ready-made; either way, you’re sure to spread some smiles!
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  8. Host a Grinch Party to celebrate everyone’s favorite green curmudgeon – there are some great grinchy ideas here on the Totally the Bomb blog, or see our holiday pin board for more fun ideas!
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  9. See some crazy light displays (or channel your inner Griswold and make your own!).

    Image Source: Flickr user abbey*christine

    Image Source: Flickr user abbey*christine

  10. It’s not a holiday without Grumpycat: share your favorite meme with a friend to make their day less grumpy! We’ve collected a few of our favourites here on Pinterest.
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Remembrance Day

Today here in Canada, we are celebrating Remembrance Day to honor all those who have died in wars since World War I. At 11 am today (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), a two-minute silence will be observed to commemorate the day that WWI ended in 1918. Though originally begun to honour the veterans from only the first World War, we have since used this anniversary to remember all of those who have died in battle since then.

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA - NOVEMBER 11, 2014: Poppies placed at the base of a war memorial in Sydney Nova Scotia Canada, November 11th, Remembrance Day, 2014.

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA – NOVEMBER 11, 2014: Poppies placed at the base of a war memorial in Sydney Nova Scotia Canada, November 11th, Remembrance Day, 2014.

There are many ways to observe today: attending a local ceremony, decorating the grave of a loved one who served in the armed forces, or by wearing a Red Poppy as a reminder. Red Poppies became the symbol for Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields, and they are also laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier each year.

Our friends due south in the United States are also honouring their service men and women today, which is a little different than our holiday:Veteran’s Day is in honour of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day (celebrated in September) is they day when those who have died in service are honoured.  We noticed an interesting initiative  called Green Light a Vet for this year’s celebration in the US:

Our heartfelt thanks for all those who have served and those who are currently serving.