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