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Favourite holiday traditions


Blog by Kim Twohey | December 21st, 2015


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Here we are approaching Christmas Day.  I know it happens at the same time every year but I still find myself surprised at how quickly December seems to go by.  One of my favourite things about being a Realtor is meeting new people and learning about their special family traditions.  I have seen traditional celebrations, creative traditions, and some so unique that I cannot help but smile when I think about them! 

I have two favourite holiday traditions.  The first one is checking out all the amazing light displays around the city.  Confederation Park, Spruce Meadows, and Zoo Lights are a must-see.  Even more than those, I love the houses around Calgary that are inspired by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  In every quadrant that I visit, there are pockets of houses that clearly love decorating and do it because they know we all love to see it.  Thanks to the Calgary Herald, it is easy to find some of the best light displays in the city with their Ultimate Christmas Light map.  The map is updated regularly so be sure to check it right before you pile into the car for your annual tour of the city!

My second favourite holiday tradition is my Ugly Sweater Christmas tree.  Yes.  You read that right.  I have one Christmas tree in my home that is dedicated to tiny ugly sweaters.  Every year I look forward to putting it up.  I love the huge smiles when people come over and see the tree.  And, of course, I host an annual party where Ugly Sweaters are mandatory!  Fun fact: did you know that a Calgary based company called Holiday Rejects helped launch ugly sweaters into the mainstream thanks to their appearance on Season 8 of Dragon’s Den? 

These are just a few of my favourite things that I look forward to every December.  I love hearing about other people’s traditions and activities.  Share your best ideas on Twitter to @kimtwohey.  You might inspire other families to create their own holiday traditions! 

Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!