Getting Ready for The Holidays

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow…

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The most magical season of the year is finally here! I love the holidays and decorating my home is one of my favourite things to do. The boys love it too and we listen to Christmas music and drink hot chocolate while decorating. Our home feels so cozy!

This year we received some beautiful Holiday decor from Hallmark Canada. From festive musical plush toys to gift for friends and family, including holiday frames, wine charms, bottle tags, tea lights, candles and more.  Take a look at some of our favourite items below:

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The Santa in the Sleigh and Standing Santa are the boy’s favourites. I love the Rectangular Metal Tray and I put some Mixed Rose Hips, Poinsettia Tea Lights and their Blessed Water Bottle on it as a centerpiece on my dining room table. It is so festive!

For more information, including pricing head to Hallmark Canada or visit your nearest Hallmark store.


Getting Ready for The Holidays with Hallmark Canada

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Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Hallmark. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.



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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

42 responses to “Getting Ready for The Holidays”

  1. My favourite tradition is doing all the holiday baking for the family, just started it today by making peanut brittle.

  2. My favorite tradition is decorating our house together, then having a Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.

  3. My favourite Christmas tradition is looking at Christmas lights with my family.

  4. one favourite tradition is making and baking all the favourite holiday treats we only have during the holidays! Plus the building of the Gingerbread house!

  5. My favorite tradition is baking shortbread cookies with my mom

  6. Love doing the Christmas baking for the family

  7. I love making and decorating gingerbread cookies.

  8. Love everything about Xmas!

  9. I love making fruitcake for all my adult children and my two sisters. Everyone is happy to get these fruitcakes. These cakes are tasty and made with love.

  10. My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating my wheelchair with Christmas lights.

  11. We open one present Christmas Eve. We turn on some Christmas music and drink hot chocolate. Lots of fun.

  12. Love to spend time with my grandchildren while they open their gifts

  13. For me that’s the Advent Calendars that I made for my 7 kids (pictures done in cross-stitch) and the 5 that I have made so far for my grandchildren, another is nearly finished, then I only have 2 more to make – that’s unless more babies come along. 🙂

  14. My favourite Christmas tradition is to bake sugar cookies with my granddaughters

  15. It’s so hard to choose one favorite because I love everything about Christmas. Opening one gift on Christmas Eve is definitely one of my faves. It’s so much fun watching the kids peruse the gifts under the tree trying to decide which will be the best one to pick.

  16. My favourite Christmas tradition is going to the local parade with the family and then we head home to put up the tree that evening.

  17. My favorite Christmas tradition is spending time with family eating a big turkey dinner.

  18. The advent calendar is always fun – who doesn’t want chocolate every day!

  19. My favorite Christmas tradition is that the kids open PJ’s on Christmas Eve to wear that night!

  20. One of our traditions is with the first snow fall, we all go out and build our own snowmen.

  21. Putting up the Christmas tree together!

  22. My favourite is making cinnamon rolls christmas morning for everyone to eat while opening gifts!!

  23. I love to bake with family

  24. waiting until xmas evening to exchange and open presents with our huge extended family

  25. My favourite tradition is taking my kids to Bright Nights at Stanley Park – we go on christmas eve this year!

  26. we like to grab some hot cocoa and drive around looking at the light displays

  27. A week before Christmas every year our family gets together for a pot luck party. Aunts, uncles, cousin and nieces and nephews.

  28. My favourite tradition is decorating the tree with family

  29. I love doing all my holiday baking. My girls are showing interest in being helpers which makes this all the more special and fun.

  30. Decorating the tree and telling stories about the ornaments and past Christmases.

  31. My favourite Christmas tradition is singing Christmas carols with my family.

  32. our favorite tradition is to pile into the car on christmas eve and take a drive to look at all the beautiful xmas lights

  33. Favourite Christmas tradition is watching Christmas movies & listening to music.

  34. Our favourite tradition is decorating the christmas tree

  35. We have several fun holiday traditions! Baking, opening one gift Christmas Eve, going to parades and light shows, and watching all the best Christmas movies! Thank you very much for this chance! 🙂

  36. My favourite holiday tradition is riding the Christmas train with hot chocolate in hand with my family.

  37. I have two favourite traditions. The first is decorating the tree while watching Christmas movies. The second is baking with my mother while we listen to our favourite Christmas songs.

  38. Checking out all the xmas lights!

  39. My favourite holiday tradition is our family party the weekend before Christmas. We have a big immediate family, 70 members & growing every year. We enjoy lots of yummy food, drinks, laughs, & watch the little ones open presents & sing songs.

  40. My favourite tradition is baking Christmas cookies with my daughter, and now my granddaughter, as well.

  41. I learned that Hallmark makes Christmas decor.

  42. Decorating the tree. And we’re going to tackle that task tonight.

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