Multicultural Celebrations – Hanukkah and Christmas

I am prone to many anxious moments when time is of the essence and everything needs to get done just right. This is particularly the case during the holidays. I want everything to go well. As a multiracial, multicultural family, at every bend, starting October, there is a celebration a.k.a stressor, just waiting to getContinue reading “Multicultural Celebrations – Hanukkah and Christmas”

Toys, Stereotypes, and Christmas Shopping

There I was in the midst of a Marshalls store going a little toy crazy trying to decide what toys to get for my kids for Christmas. The Caterpillar brand backhoe came with batteries and buttons and hitting one of them instantaneously spewed out the familiar “beep beep” sound of a big vehicle backing up. PushContinue reading “Toys, Stereotypes, and Christmas Shopping”

A Week of Memories with Grandparents

I grew up with the security of unconditional love from extended family members. I want my children to get that same kind of love – the kind that only grandparents can give, the absolutely selfless and unconditional kind, the kind that has the license to spoil grandkids (within reason)…and to have uncles, aunties, and cousins around withContinue reading “A Week of Memories with Grandparents”

A Gratitude Post for Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving week. Just last month, I wrote about celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. This month, America celebrates its own Thanksgiving Day. Celebrated on the 4th Thursday of every November, this year, the date falls on the 24th. While modern day celebrations of Thanksgiving are mostly about being with family, sharing a festive meal till your buttonsContinue reading “A Gratitude Post for Thanksgiving”

Multicultural Kids and the Legacy of Family Rituals – Diwali Series Part II

  In Part I of the Diwali Series, you read about my Diwali morning dwelling in nostalgia whilst enjoying some hot chocolate and marshmallows making memories on a rainy day. (There is a lot going on in today’s post and not all of it may read coherently. Please excuse any choppiness.)  Soon after sipping on ourContinue reading “Multicultural Kids and the Legacy of Family Rituals – Diwali Series Part II”

Of Rains, Memories, and Cultural Comfort – Diwali Series Part I

Sunday, October 30th was an eventful day. Culturally. Experientially. Physically. Emotionally. My multicultural family celebrated Diwali – The festival of lights after having celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving earlier in the month. Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrating, more secularly, the victory of good over evil. There are religious meanings associated with the celebrations too but I’ll leaveContinue reading “Of Rains, Memories, and Cultural Comfort – Diwali Series Part I”