Winter has COME! Time to SHOP!!

Winter has come! It seems that everyone in the Hamilton area was a bit surprised at the winter wonderful we woke up to this Monday morning. Southern Ontario is ready for winter, whether we like it or not. So, it seems the best time to start truly thinking of the holiday season that is fast approaching.

I find the best way to get in that MERRY holiday spirit is to start Christmas shopping. I like shopping in November because the shops, boutiques, and especially malls are not unbearable, yet. If you are looking for a hand-made, unique gift, shopping at the Church/Parish/Community centre Christmas Bazaars & Fairs are the best 1st stop. It is only mid-November, but these craft events have been running since the start of the month. (Sorry I am a bit behind!) My favourite Parish craft and holiday event is at my own church, which is why I am posting now. Canadian Martyr’s is my home church and their Christmas Bazaar is THIS WEEKEND – Friday Nov 21 from 4pm-8pm & Saturday Nov 22 from 10am-2pm. Here is a sneak peak!

These hand-made children sweater, mittens, hats, scarves, slippers, AND SO MUCH MORE are exquisite, quality gems that are perfect gifts. The event also hosts some scrumptious food and activities for the little ones. Shop or just buy raffle tickets and win a gift card to a local shop or another great prize or gift. It’s a full weekend of fun.

If you can’t attend west Hamilton’s Canadian Martyr’s event, check out the Hamilton Spectator’s list via the link for other similar sales at the dozens of locations throughout the greater Hamilton area.

Happy Shopping!

Community Events – Christmas is in the Air….Already?

With only a week till Halloween and our Hamilton Spectator is preparing the community for the dozens of Christmas Bazaars. Advertised in the Tuesday Oct 22 paper, there is a list that is expanded further on the Spec.com site. From October 25 right until December 7, people can shop for arts, crafts, and homemade ANYTHING for the holiday season. I am all for supporting our community (I help my mother at the Canadian Martyr’s Parish sale every year **Nov. 22 & 23 – located 38 Emerson St. Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.**), but Halloween hasn’t even passed. Well, I will wait till after Halloween before I start worrying about my Christmas shopping, but for those who like to plan ahead, enjoy the Christmas Bazaar List from The Spec.Com for the list of dates, locations, and a helpful map.

Happy Halloween!! Oh, and have a Merry Christmas (early)!