For several reasons, we decided to spend Christmas in Victoria with family. It’s always a different experience spending Christmas away from home, but I think it’s important to make the effort to share time together. My daughters were not able to come home for the holidays so we visited with them on Skype. That’s not as good as being together, but it’s the best we could do. Here are a few shots with impressions of Christmas in a fair weather city.
Kush knew something was up as soon as the suitcases were laid out. She jumped into the available space, but unfortunately she had to stay at home. Hope she’s not too mad at us for leaving her in the care of a friend. I know Christopher will take good care of her so I don’t have to worry.
Our hotel is on the ocean. The large building in the distance in the second photo is where we are staying – the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Our room has a great view of the hotel driveway, but that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying the area. A little rain was followed by a magnificent rainbow. Christmas day has been rainy and cool, but we’ve been far too busy to let that bother us.
My sister-in-law, Janet, puts up a beautiful tree. We share a similar taste in ornaments so it makes me feel very much at home. We both love hand-made ornaments as well as special ones picked up on our travels. The whole house is beautifully decorated and festive. Janet is an excellent cook, and we have eaten like kings – really well fed kings – since we arrived. On Christmas morning there were freshly baked cinnamon buns for while we opened gifts, followed by an outstanding brunch of tortilla pie with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and yummy corn bread. I’ll try to list some of our other meals, but now I’m too full to be thinking about any more food. Think I’d better sign off as we have a full day planned for tomorrow. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.