Vancouver Christmas Market
I have never been to Vancouver's Christmas Market. We went on a weekday, hoping to avoid some of the crowds.The Christmas Market was exactly what I've been needing. Both boys have been sick with colds and coughs. Breccan even went to the ER with bad croup. One of my depression triggers is staying too long in the house. With 2 kids sick, there has been a lot of time housebound. I'm quite atuned to this feeling now. I can start to feel the sluggishness seep in, being slow to rise even if I get a full night's sleep and a nap. I start half-assing meals, skipping chores, indulging in a binge TV show an episode or two longer than I should. I know what I have to do to pull myself out, but it is hard.The Christmas Market was a great start. Breccan liked looking at all the lights. We took a few silly pictures, had pretzels at long tables, chatted with other shoppers. Breccan got a fancy gingerbread cookie, Nick and I had some liqueur samples from Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery (the black currant liqueur omg). Breccan danced to some Christmas songs, and Nick and I enjoyed being able to let him wander a bit since it wasn't crowded. We had hot chocolate, beer, and gluhwein. And oh, the chimney cakes. It's not a short process, getting out of this funk. Rather it takes thoughtful adherence to routines and activities. But a little shove was necessary, a reminder of the joy of the holiday season.