A Christmas Story from Team Allingham

It’s our last blog of 2017. How did that happen? Where is the time going?
But yes, indeed, it is our last blog. And it’s fitting that it falls in our favourite time of year.
We love Christmas. We love all the things about Christmas. There’s just something magical about it. The air is crisper, the snow more sparkly, the lights more twinkly, people seem kinder, parties are more fun, food and drinks tastier (soooo tasty). Shopping, cooking, baking, planning, decorating, Christmas is full of all the fun stuff.
Christmas is different for everyone. Some people spend it with family, some with friends - the family we built along our journeys. Some do it up big and splashy. Others, keep it quiet and intimate. Some travel across the country, some across town. We have fun times and reminisce about the year, about Christmases past, loved ones who aren’t physically with us anymore. Bittersweet moments mixed with joy that makes our hearts burst. Fun traditions passed down generations and some new ones.
My family (It’s just Jamie here for a minute now) is very small and for the past several years have spent Christmas Eve with friends, the family we chose, having an authentic Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner, playing games, opening gifts and having fun. Christmas day is usually spent moving in slow motion opening gifts, drinking Baileys and coffee, and then mimosas a big late breakfast while watching movies most of the day. It’s a happy, peaceful, and quiet day that we spend feeling grateful for the lives we have and the people we share it with.
The Allingham Christmas (It’s just Christa now for a moment) is full of surprises…ALWAYS! Patrick and I spend the holidays at home with our children. On Christmas Eve we host a fondue for our extended family (my sister, her husband and their two children, my brothers, my mom, my aunt and my cousin) and we get together to celebrate our year! Our table is full of laughter, friends, and family! We have the occasional fondue pot start on fire on the table, one or two cheese pots burning and at least one person burns their mouth on the food coming out of the hot oil, and let’s not forget that one family member who drinks too much and falls asleep at the kitchen table.
Christmas Day starts early for us! We are usually up by 5am, when our son (he is the middle child) starts pacing the hallway, claiming he is being quiet! We open presents, drink coffee & baileys, not the children, just mommy! After many hours of getting the newest gadgets up and running, we try to relax just a little before heading out the door to our Christmas Day destination.
This Christmas, for the first time in many years, we will be heading to my Aunt’s house on Christmas Day. To be honest, it’s been a tough 18 months for our family. In August 2016, we lost my great uncle, in December 2016 we lost my Grandma (she was the glue that held us all together and she loved Christmas more then anything) and then this past April, my aunt lost her husband. Patrick and I also lost a couple of friends and his grandmother too.
But we still have a great deal to be thankful for. As adults, we have also come to realize that we have to make new traditions as well as celebrate the old ones. So, this will be a year of firsts for us all. The first-time baking Christmas cookies without the advice of my Grandma, the first time opening the Christmas boxes to decorate and seeing the beautiful tree ornaments that she got us for Christmas last year, and the first time hearing “Grandma got run over by a Reindeer” without rushing to the phone to call her for her to listen! It will be the first Christmas without my only uncle, filling the room with his laughter and stories. We will still have a great Christmas this year, while we celebrate the memories of those we have lost, those we miss and those that we wish were still with us. Our home and hearts will be very full this year.
And that’s why we love this season so much. It is a chance, every year, to remember, love, laugh, and be thankful. And here at Team Allingham we have so much to be thankful for. Whatever your Christmas holds this year, from the bottom our hearts we want to wish you all the best this holiday season!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Jamie & Christa
Jamie Bashnick

Jamie Bashnick

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Dome Realty Inc.
Contact Me