Happy Holidays to everyone!
This season has been a blur for me filled with celebrations both in the United States and Canada, due to having family in both countries.
My field placement, Cornerstone Housing for Women, was just starting to get into the holiday spirit when I left for the winter break. I was saddened to be leaving around that time and missed the holiday party that was the day after I left to return to the United States. Every year 515 MacLaren, the location of my placement, has a Christmas party in which all residents, resident’s family and friends, and staff are invited. There is an individual that provides musical entertainment, the living area is decorated very nicely for the occasion, and the women prepare an abundance of food for the occasion.
When I was riding the bus to the Rideau Centre (the mall in downtown Ottawa) with a resident to go to Hudson Bay (a major department store in Canada) we saw the Parliament Hill ice skating rink being assembled. Through my many years of visiting the Ottawa area I do not remember skating on this rink or the Rideau Canal and I hope to experience at least one of these this winter season. Upon returning home from my Canadian family Christmas last night I heard on the radio station that a children’s hockey tournament was being cancelled that was supposed to occur there. Apparently not just for the reason of the danger of the air being too cold but ice can become too cold to skate on, you know it’s cold when Canadians can’t play hockey outside!
Most of my holiday was spent in the U.S., I have family that visits from Kentucky every year. One of the most eventful things that happened during their visit was their polar swim in the St. Lawrence River in 2 degree temperature on Christmas. Yesterday I headed back to Ottawa for my Canadian family’s yearly Christmas celebration. I see this side of the family about two times a year so I always cherish every moment I get to spend with them.
I wish for everyone’s holiday season to have and continue to be filled with love, joy, and warmth!