The Commonwealth Games Are Here!

I remember driving along the clydeside expressway, after learning of the news that the Commonwealth Games would be coming to Glasgow in 2014. My husband said to me “Thundperpants will nearly be 7, can you believe it”? At this point, she was in the back of the car in her babyseat and was probably only a few months at the time. Life has changed so much and we also have another baby which is something that we wouldn’t have even thought of at the time!

Last night saw the opening ceremonies in Glasgow at Celtic Park. We watched it together and saw the Red Arrows fly over the house which was a very proud moment for us all. I think that they did us proud and really did show a true representation of all things Scotland. The thing is though, I’m in a bit of a pickle about who to support… I have spent more of my life here now but by birth I am Canadian. I left when I was 15, parents , some family and a lot of friends are still there and I still do call it “home”. My daughter asked me last night who I was rooting for and I told her it would be both but I’m sure there will come a time when both teams will be neck and neck and I probably won’t be able to watch.

I watch the news, hear the chat at work and see first hand, the atmosphere that has been created in Glasgow and my heart soars. I may not be born and bread but it’s the place that Is home for me now. Its amazing how friendly and accepting that the people of Glasgow are towards not only their own but people of different nationality. I experienced that when I first arrived here and I still do when people hear the twang in my accent. Its a very accepting city and I am sure that the people who have arrived as visitors and athletes, will come to learn that about Glasgow and Scottish people as a whole. I always said that if I moved home I would want to take the Scottish people with me!

So next week, my daughter, son , friends and I will go into the city centre to enjoy the events which are happening, and to enjoy the weather that we have been having. I hope to go to Glasgow Green, but one event that I really want to go to with some friends is the John Lewis “Tea on the Green”, in Royal Exchange Square. I want to sample some of their lovely food that is on offer. Being a frequent visitor to John Lewis in Glasgow, I know that I won’t be disappointed!

Have you been to Tea on the Green or any of the activities which are on offer? What did you think about the Opening Ceremonie

Is Christmas Starting Earlier Each Year?

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I absolutely LOVE Christmas, it isn’t a secret and I have to say that as soon as Halloween is over, I’m right on it with the plans for the festivities.  From planning our annual Christmas BBQ , to shopping for bargains whether on-line or in the stores. I am a sucker for decorations and I give the Griswold’s a run for their money when it comes to lighting up the house. This year in fact, I am going for a snow machine. Yes, you heard me right..

I have been in the UK for over 18 years or more and no matter what, I always expect snow around christmas and I am mainly disappointed when it doesn’t materialise but I still live in hope. I am always jealous when I see my family and friends back home in Canada talking about going skiing and having snow days so I decided that this year would be different. If mother nature wasnt going to help, then I would do it artificially! It’s just as much for me as it is the kids.. really!

When I was looking into the cost of hiring or buying a snow machine, I saw that there really wasn’t much of a difference at all in price and felt that it was a great investment because like I said, we have a BBQ each year. I noticed when I was doing my research, and  some on line shopping that there was an analysis of three years worth of traffic to the top twenty christmas decorations sites , by Twenga  who is the most comprehensive retail search engine. They concluded that Christmas is definitely starting earlier this year. does it have anything to do with shops putting up their decorations earlier? I was amazed to see shops like John Lewis and Tesco , having their trees up !  The hashtag #christmas is also trending much earlier and as in previous years when Christmas traffic was picked up around August time, this year it started as early as July.

Is it because we are sucked in to marketing or because we are all big kids at heart? i feel that after having children, I am able to take hold of the Christmas spirit and blame it on the kids but really I just like the time spent with family, preparations and the magic that it brings.  What about you, do you turn into a big kid or do you think Christmas is starting too soon?

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