SNOW. There, I said it. I got it over with. I said the word that conjures up feelings of dread for most of us Canadians. But, I'm also here to tell you that there is a silver lining to this cloud. The sight of snow is a sure sign that the Christmas season is on its way!

I love Christmas; I always have. When I think about Christmas, I get buy 25000 lights and deck my house out like the Griswolds did! ...If only my family would let me. But seriously, Christmas is an amazing time of year filled with family, food, and lots of fun. It's also a time of year when tradition plays a big part in what we do, and each family has different traditions. 

In some families, it's traditional during the Christmas season to watch certain movies. Naturally, we want our own kids to know that, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings," and that the "perfect" Christmas present is "an official Red Ryder carbine action 200 shot range model air rifle." ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!") 

It's also a tradition for many families to go to Swiss Chalet and get the Festive Special at least once. (But why oh why did they ditch the Toblerone? I mean, I know technically I could just go to the store and buy one, but it's just not the same! Ok, rant over.) A family trip to Swiss Chalet in December is a great way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. 

When it comes to Christmas Eve, it is a tradition for most of us Canadians with kids to leave out milk and cookies for Santa (and carrots for the reindeer). But, did you know that Santa is practically Canadian? Santa lives at the North Pole, which is so close to Canada that Canada Post even assigned a postal code for Santa's place - H0H 0H0. So, when you leave cookies out for him this year, why not leave some yummy Maple Cream Cookies! You never know, he just might return the favour and leave you some CocoMira Maple Crunch (which I can tell you from experience is extremely addictive). 

Then we get to Christmas Day. There are so many different things people do on Christmas Day, but one of the first thoughts (for adults at least) is breakfast (followed quickly by the anticipation of the huge turkey dinner later). In fact, all this talk of Christmas related food has inspired me to do something (besides the whole Griswold house thing), and that's to write poetry. Now I'm not talking about your Margaret Atwood type inspirational poetry. I'm talking about zany, fun, with just a touch of wacky type poetry. So without further ado, I will leave you with a poem about Christmas Day Indulgences: 

When you wake up on Christmas morn 
Thoughts of breakfast are the norm 
But what to have this festive day? 
Every family member can have it their way 

Pancakes and maple syrup for Aunt Jenny 
And Canadian bacon on Uncle Bob's Eggs Benny 
Cousin Doug says, "A Double Double for me!" 
And Aunt Mackenzie wants Maple Green Tea 

In my house, breakfast's an optional thing 
More room for the treats that Santa will bring
My mom always decked out the coffee table
With as many treats as she was able

But no food table would be complete
Without some truly Canadian treats
Like Maple Cream Milk Chocolate Maple Leaves
And Dufflet's Dark Chocolate Raspberries

(If talk of these items is making you drool
And you'd like some in your house this upcoming Yule
Remember that these things and more
Are all available here in our store)

In the evening as you all relax by the fire
Which was kindled by wood from Canadian Tire
You'll want a hot drink to sip happily
Like Inukshuk Blueberry Icewine Tea

And reflect on the memories your family has made
The laughter, the turkey, the gifts that you gave
Like Polar Bear in a Snowstorm hoodies
Cute Winter Hats and other goodies

And this year as you prepare for this wonderful time
Of fun and tradition (and Aunt Ethel's mime)
Come, visit us, there's so much to see
At The Great Canadian Gift Company