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Boxing Day Fire Sale

Today’s the day when people rush to the stores for all those great sales. We thought outside that box with our event today.

In fact we literally burnt the boxes plus some cast off lumber pieces. It was a deliciously fun new family tradition! Of course it helped that it was only -7 with a light wind. I doubt we’d do this if it was -33 but for this year it worked wonderfully. We had 10 people in a HUGE outdoor space with plenty of room for 4 dogs, 2 tobagans, one GT (again was the new word for 22 month Little C today as he wanted to be pulled again and again and again!) and one skidoo. There were hot beverages, cookies and cold puppies along with squeals of delight.

It’s called making the best out of “it”. We all have to do that. Everyone is allowed their “this sucks” moments but then we need to turn up the awesomeness on creating memories and connecting however we can.

Yesterday it was with snow shoes, many dogs and a few cold craft brews. We did a social distance gift exchange outside and then everyone teturned home for supper.

We decided that this was the Christmas that we could throw off all the traditional items on the menu and get creative for the two of us. The butchered turkey gave us one breast that we turned into turkey wellington with cranberry chutney stuffing. We paired that with whipped mashed potatoes, oven roasted brussel sprouts (a common veggie for us but not for a holiday meal) and a delicious gravy created from stock. We set the table, lite the candles in their special holders and sat down to celebrate.

It’s like the dessert for yesterday’s feast. The plan was for chocolate bread pudding but life threw us a curve ball. The over night cinnamon buns (that were supposed to be breakfast) froze in the little fridge so they spent the entire day rising. Punched down twice with a small rise in between. We could have thrown them out but we perservered and made them into cinnamon buns. Once cooked they were edible 😂 but not a success by any means.

Defintion of persevered: past tense: persevered; past participle: persevered
continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.

That’s how so much of the pandemic has felt. Doing our little bit (staying home, handwashing, masks and distancing as necessary) has felt like not much and it felt like there was little chance of success, especially if everyone else wasn’t buying in . But, with enough measures we persevered and hopefully the Canadian and world wide curve will trend downward now.

Definition of success:
1a: degree or measure of succeeding
b: favorable or desired outcome
also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence
2: one that succeeds

We just had to think outside the box, literally, for how we could celebrate together but stay apart. For how we could stay safe but still be together.

I hope each of my readers found a way to keep their spirits high and celebrate the joy and magic of the season as it lives within your hearts.



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

4 thoughts on “Boxing Day Fire Sale

  1. Looks like a lovely, safe gathering, Bernie! Proving once again that the only thing we actually can control is our attitude. You certainly made the best of it, in my opinion.


    1. Deb, it was a great gathering of 10. Out here it’s such a luxury to have -5 as a daytime high so we will take a distanced Christmas as we’ve at least had outside fun temperatures. Hope your quiet little Christmas had a good attitude as well. Thanks for stopping in.

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  2. Glad you persevered and had success Bernie. I love your version of a Boxing Day Fire Sale. That is my kind of Boxing Day. I never understood this nonsense and looking at the store crowds on TV this year, it is even crazier. The Turkey Wellington looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. Stay well. Allan


    1. I have not set foot in a store for a boxing day sale maybe ever. I don’t do crowds well. It’s sadly disappointing to hear, via you, that the crazy shoppers were put again in droves. Stay safe and stay home hey?


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