Tis the Season…

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I did it! I finally did it! The Christmas tree is setup. It only took 4 days to finish, but it is up and I think it looks pretty realistic.

Mike and I invested our first pre-lit Christmas tree together this year. Selecting our tree online was almost like going to the tree farm to pick out which tree would decorate our home for years to come. It has been laying in the box in the living room for the past month teasing me that I wasn’t yet allowed to set it up.

However, Mike finally opened the box on Thursday and let me start the long task of assembling the 7 1/2′ lifelike tree. I hate spreading the branches out to make it look realistic, which is why the process took 4 days to complete. I couldn’t imagine still having to put 750 lights onto it. If you have yet to experienced the joy of untangling your lights this year, I would suggest throwing them away and investing in a pre-lit tree. Costco has them from $200-300 online.

The thing I love most out our tree is that the bulbs are both white and multicoloured. There are preprogrammed functions for solid white, solid multicoloured, flashing white, or fading white to multicoloured. I like the fading option the best.

I can’t wait to show you the fully decorated tree. That is something I couldn’t do without Mike. Especially since it is going to be his first Christmas in Canada in years!

Mike returns from Vegas this evening, and I am off to work here shortly. I love the overnight shift, but it sure would have been nice to see him. However, he did hint at the fact that he might be delivering Wendy’s on his way home.

Have you setup your tree already? If you haven’t, when are you planning on doing it? What is your favourite part of setting up the tree?

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Have we already forgotten?

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While enjoying my relaxing morning, the sounds of Christmas advertising invaded my home. Don’t get me wrong, I am the biggest fan of Christmas and I am dying to put up the decorations.

However, the beginning of November is not a time for retailers, in this case Leon’s , to be striving to beat their competitors and advertising their Christmas bargains. This is a time for us all to honour the gift of freedom we have been given by our troops.

We have so many reasons to thank the men and women before us that served our country and sacrificed to make Canada what it is today. The act of remembrance isn’t something that we should do only on November 11th, but every time you see our flag waving.

So my thoughts to the marketing team at Leon’s, I strongly recommend that you show some respect and ho-ho-hold your self-serving commercials while the rest of us pay tribute to the sacrifices made by our military.

Defying the Limits of Time

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You’ve probably already realized today was the end of daylight savings time. I remember as a kid being excited to change all the clocks in the house, but in 2013 every clock in my house has changed itself with the exception of the oven and microwave (stupid outdated technology).

The adjustment of our adherence to the sun’s schedule seems to be a major annoyance. Facebook and Twitter are full of comments from friends who also are unimpressed with the idea of changing the clock.

I decided to figure out who we have to blame for this annoying practise. It turns out that there is actually some logic to changing the clock. The idea of day light savings was introduced to use fewer candles. The practise was not adopted until World War I as a measure to save fuel during the war. One study showed that daylight savings would save the equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil every day in the USA.

However, why do we switch the clocks back to standard time for the winter. It turns out parents are to blame for that. They insisted that clocks be adjusted back so that their children would not have to walk to school in the darkness.

So my thoughts, saving energy is a really good reason to move the clocks forwards, but I’m still not totally sold on the idea of protecting kids as a reason to bring the clocks back. I would be in favour of leaving the clocks on daylight savings time so I can have daylight when I come home from work. It might make these long cold Canadian winters more bearable.

What do you think? Do we keep daylight savings, or do we keep one standard time, and which time zone do we keep?

If you wanna read more about the origins of daylight savings, check out timeanddate.com.