December Festivities in Canada

After Jen and Steven’s visit in AD, we decided that I would head back to Canada on Friday, December 6th to help out at home leading up to Christmas. My first weekend back I stayed at Scott’s, did a little Christmas shopping, and caught one of Wyatt’s hockey games before heading out to Strathmore. Back in AD, Bec joined up with some friends at the Swiss Christmas Market, had a girls spa day out in the desert, and went to a Christmas outdoor movie night at a friends.

That week, I helped Mom get to her treatments in Calgary and we had some nice meals with the fireplace going in the evenings.  There were also a few winter snow storms to ensure we would have a white Christmas.

The following week, I spent some time back in Calgary. I helped Dad get his woodworking vacuum set up, went to the Flames-Penguins match with Wyatt courtesy of Scott, and manged to get a ski day in at Sunshine before attending Emery’s Christmas Performance. That Thursday evening December 19th, Rebecca arrived from Abu Dhabi. That weekend, we squeezed in a bit more shopping, met Jen and Steven for pizza and wine at their place, and had a delicious pork crown roast at Barry and Carole’s on Saturday evening.  I then made the drive out to Strathmore to attend Chrit’s Christmas party. On Sunday, I was lucky enough to be in town for Rogers Hometown Hockey where there were all kinds of hockey related entertainment, games, pros signing autographs, etc.  The Flames-Stars game that evening was hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio which included a half hour feature on Strathmore before the game.

Dan on Goat’s Eye

Hometown Hockey at Mom’s

Strathmore Celebration of Lights

The lead-up to Christmas saw us getting in a few more visits around Strathmore and Calgary.  Christmas Eve was steak and lobster at Bev’s and an afternoon turkey dinner on Christmas Day.  We had to eat and run though as there was another turkey roasting over at Scott and Jenelle’s.  Dad hosted Boxing Day with an enormous paella and both my brothers came with their families.  With the Christmas festivities wrapped up, Bec and I were on our way back to AD on the 27th.

Turkey dinner at Bev’s

Turkey dinner at Scott and Jenelle’s

Uncle Dan with the kids

Sous-chef Dan and Chef Doug

Boxing Day dinner

The Erickson Bros

Back in AD, we spent New Year’s Eve at home with fondue for two, Champagne, and fireworks to ring in 2020.

Ringing in the New Year

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7 Responses to December Festivities in Canada

  1. Uncle Dale says:

    You certainly got around at Christmas. Looks like it was great fun and good eats. So nice you could share it with all your family.

  2. barry buker and carole slobodzian says:

    Always nice to have you home

    • danroyerickson says:

      It was great to get around that table with you guys. The crown roast was a first for Becca and I. And it was absolutely delicious.

  3. Uncle Stephen says:

    Great family photos and get together!
    Doug is starting look like a Norwegian Sea Captain..
    Cheers to all

  4. kevinderickson says:

    Great photos guys!! Many good times were had at Christmas!

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