My Letter to the Big Guy

Santa is for everyone, right? The young, and the young at heart! Do you write a letter to Santa? Even just a quick one in your head? I dug up this gem from my blog several years ago, and it makes me laugh. With two young children to dress in snowsuits, I don’t think I’ll be making the same wish this year :)

Santa Aylen

Dearest Santa Claus,

When I was 12, I asked you to bring me an Ouija Board….and you did. Thank you for all of those terrifying nights spent with my girlfriends, contacting the dearly departed and causing the heads to break off of our parent’s cherub angel figurine.

When I was 14, I asked you to bring me Blue Rodeo’s Five Days in July CD….and you did. Thank you for allowing me to hear the most beautiful song in the world – Dark Angel. To this day, whenever I am sad, I only need to listen to this song to be lifted up (listen here).

When I was 24, I asked you to help me through a difficult time…and you did. 25 came, and I conquered my fears and moved on with my life.

When I was 28, I asked you to give me strength, and help me know how to raise a child we hadn’t planned for. And you did…our little girl seems so grown up this Christmas, and we’re feeling like proud parents who finally know what they’re doing (sort of).

This year I’m 31. Life seems somehow more hectic and more stable, all at once. So what do I want for Christmas this year?

I’ve realized that wishing for world peace won’t make it happen. I’ve realized that wishing for the Canadian Government to honour our Kyoto commitments won’t happen. I’ve realized that wishing for our healthcare system to catch up to the research is going to take some time. And I’ve realized that I can’t save everybody – that there will always be suffering in the world.

So I’m asking for something really simple this year. It’s not too hard…a little moisture in the air. A temperature below 0 degrees Celsius….and a BIG, HUGE DUMP OF SNOW. I’m talking like 50cm. Preferably before Christmas Eve day; before my family travels all this way to visit us.

That’s all I want for Christmas this year Santa Claus….can you help me?

Love,

Misty

Welcome back, Tag Along Toys! (Sponsor)

by Karen

We’re so excited to have Tag Along Toys back with us on Kids in the Capital. For a few reasons:

  1. TOYS!
  2. Patti Taggart, the owner, is so smart and fabulous with kids – her stores are amazing. (Yes, I said storeS – more on that soon.)
  3. We get to talk about Frozen – and who out there does not have a little one who loves Elsa and Anna? (Okay, probably some do. I’m not one of them!)
  4. Did I mention toys? (The gift-giving marathon is just around the corner!)

Before Patti started Tag Along Toys, she was an early childhood educator (ECE). She’s still teaching other ECEs and using her knowledge to provide parents a place to go where their kids can get tools to play, be creative, and learn. I could spend hours just looking. I am not even kidding. I go to Tag Along regularly without Brandon so I can. ;)

Brandon-Elsa-AnnaNow for some exciting news. Just 3 months ago, Patti opened up a second location for Tag Along at Blue Heron Mall on Bank Street. This weekend, she’s invited the lovely Elsa and Anna to come to the store and hang out with your kids. My son turned into a little shy guy at the Kanata store last weekend when he saw them. :)

Additionally, Patti would like to give Kids in the Capital readers a special gift for coming in.

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Getting into the Holiday Spirit with the Handmade Harvest Holiday Craft Show!

by Laura Kelly

This past Saturday, one of my sisters and I returned to our hometown of Almonte – just 45 minutes west of Ottawa – to kick off the holiday season with the Handmade Harvest Holiday Craft Show.

For those who haven’t heard of it, Handmade Harvest is a well curated bi-annual craft show. This amazing show is the brainchild of Almonte locals and shop owners Emily Arbour (Hello Yellow) and Colleen Hewitt (Crush Marketplace), who bonded over their love of all things handmade. They set out to create a show that would “nurture the local independent craft community by providing an outlet for emerging makers of all ages…and make buying handmade items easy and fun to do.”

In 2014, Colleen stepped aside from her organizing role, so now Emily and her husband, Brad Weir, collaborate to create craft shows that are truly great experiences for both the vendors and shoppers.

Since the very first show in 2010, Almonte residents and out-of-towners alike have flocked to Handmade Harvest to find the perfect gifts for friends, family members, or themselves, and this year was no different. Over 3,000 shoppers came by the Old Almonte Town Hall over the two day show. It was a great atmosphere and the venue was abuzz with people shopping, snacking, chatting and laughing, and just generally having a good time.

The super keen were lined up around the corner for more than an hour before the show started. Those in line were anxious to be one of the first 50 people through the door and receive a coveted swag bag filled with goodies from vendors and sponsors. I myself was not one of these people, but I have a friend who was, and who makes it her mission to get one each and every Handmade Harvest craft show. Apparently these bags are definitely worth the wait.

Each Handmade Harvest craft show features tons of talented vendors and their quality creations. This year, the show hosted 121 different vendors over the two days. There were so many products to browse and choose from, including jewelry, clothing, home décor, artwork, furniture, and plenty of items for infants and children. A few of my favourites included:

Blondie Apparel and their super stylish Boot Cuffs

boot cuffs

Sweetcheeks Kitchen and their delicious gluten-free treats

sweet cheeks

Daly Unstructured and their rustic and creative wine rack

wine rack

These are just three of many vendors I visited on Saturday, not to mention the whole slew of new vendors that set up on Sunday. To check out all the vendors and their products, visit their profiles.

The Handmade Harvest Holiday Craft Show was a highly anticipated event on my calendar, and the show did not disappoint. Attending the show was a great way to support local artists, crafters, and businesses and get a head start on my Christmas shopping! I found unique and meaningful items for almost everybody on my list.

Do you have a favourite holiday craft sale?