I am truly excited to be joining in with over 32 international kid bloggers in the incredible Christmas Around The World Series. I am always amazed at how much smaller the world seems to be these days. This series is all about learning the holiday traditions of people all around the world. We live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Today I would love to share how people in Canada celebrate the season.
Another Toronto tradition is our Santa Claus Parade. The parade has been making its way through the downtown every November since 1905. The Toronto Santa Claus parade is one of the largest and one of the oldest Santa Claus parades in the world. Our family heads downtown early to get a seat at the side of the road and take in the show.
In our house, Christmas Eve is almost as important as Christmas day. Many folks in Canada head to Christmas Eve services at their local church or enjoy a large dinner with family. In our house we gather with family for a nice meal followed by group reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. The tradition of reading out loud on Christmas eve was handed down from my own childhood. I love the sweet sound of children’s voices reading these magical books.
Ponds, lakes, indoor and outdoor rinks are filled with skaters over the holidays. I wanted to share an iconic song, “River” originally sung by the legend Joni Mitchell. If you want to know what Christmas is all about in Canada then please give this song a listen. This video is filled with Canadian winter images, quite lovely.