Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Our Weekends in a Nutshell

I have been remiss. My father - provinces away, proud grandpa - pointed out that he hasn't seen updates about our family time. Admittedly, a lot of it is spent on homework - but we have ventured out for a few seasonal activities. 

Over the past two weekends, we enjoyed two Christmas festivals. We headed to the picturesque town of Mahone Bay for the Father Christmas festival, where the town has many life sized Father Christmas' throughout (bottom left photo). We go there nearly every year, though the girls have outgrown the gingerbread house making station. Elle still loves to make them, just not in a room full of strangers.  We checked out a gingerbread house competition, participated in a cookie walk while Elle pointed out which cookies were worthy, were amazed at the Land of Christmas fantasies and got a mini tree from Charlie Brown's tree lot.

We also enjoyed A Victorian Christmas at our city's fort (Citadel Hill) complete with old fashioned carolers, dancing and Father Christmas. After much grumbling from the proud teens, I got us all in front of the green screen offered during that day's events for the silly postcard seen below - my fake "we're barreling down a hill" facial expression looks a little demented, and the girls got the only two adult sized Santa hats so that mine would be better off on a cat, and why wouldn't Elle be holding a large plastic candy cane?. Yup, silly. And I love it :)

All in all, a great start to the festive (and busy) season ahead!

(I'm also quite happy to report that I finally have my other website up! Now to see how well I manage both blogs! www.nsfamilyfun.ca)


  1. That last picture is great. A Victorian Christmas seems like a blast.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Thanks Dawn, I think it'll be our virtual Christmas card :)

  2. It is a fun picture. I don't blame you for wanting to take it. That looks like a great place to visit for Christmas.

    1. We're lucky to have a few great places that go all out for Christmas, of course I always want more!


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