The Holidays: Christmas in Victoria, BC

by Chris on December 20, 2011

Spending the holidays alone as a couple: Our Christmas in Victoria, BC
The holidays, Victoria BC

There comes a point in every couple’s life when the prospect of hauling yourself across the country to celebrate the holidays with family is no longer tenable. For my husband Don and me, the breaking point came last year. We had moved to Seattle only weeks before, undertaking a cross-country move that, among other things, […]


Photo Friday: Christmas in Victoria

by Chris on December 16, 2011

This week’s Photo Friday theme is Festive. We loved the Christmas lights strewn around the buildings in downtown Victoria, British Columbia.
Victoria Christmas

This week’s Photo Friday theme (#FriFotos on Twitter) is Festive. For Christmas 2010, Don and I went to Victoria, British Columbia for the holidays. We loved how the city went all out with its lights, including outlining the Parliament building.


Where does Santa live? The Finns (and many other Europeans) say Lapland, which has profited greatly from the exposure.
A visit with Santa, Lapland, Finland

  The business of Santa is alive and well in Lapland, which seems to have cornered the market on all things St. Nick, at least for Europeans. On my recent trip to Finland, I found that Rovaniemi’s campaign, more than 50 years in the making, to serve as Santa’s hometown has paid off handsomely for […]


Christmas Carols, Caribbean style

by Chris on November 11, 2009

Christmas carols in the Caribbean start early. In Grenada, songs began after Oct. 25, the country’s Thanksgiving

When the forecast reads, “Chance of Snow: Never,” it’s a bit strange to hear Bing Crosby warbling “White Christmas.” But it’s happened throughout these past two weeks in Grenada, St. Vincent and Bequia. Christmas starts early here- at least on the radio. At a lovely Grenadian feast at Boots Cuisine, I was served conch steak […]