Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas

Boy, do I ever have a special treat for you today!

I’ve teamed up with 8 amazing Canadian bloggers; bringing you an awesome array of Christmas activities, recipes, decor, adventure and more!

It’s almost like choose your own adventure novel!

Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas! A Christmasy Blog hop, hosted by Alex Inspired

Once you reach the end of the post, scroll down and click on a name below to follow the next blog. Each blog you visit will have the same links; you’ll end up viewing 8 amazing blogs at the end. So grab that cup of coffee or glass of wine (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?!)

Welcome to the “Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas” Blog hop.

My style varies; sometimes it’s a mix of Scandinavian simplicity, or Liberace-eque bling. This year I incorporated my favourite vintage finds and pieces with a few family heirlooms. Simple and timeless, I decorated the landing at the top of the stairs.

Christmas Tree Inside Crate | Have yourself a Canadian Little Christmas - Alex Inspired

Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas - Blog Hop. A truly Canadian Christmas - HBC Blanket, Balsam tree, Eaton's boxes and More! | Alex Inspired

The Sled in the corner is actually my mum’s from when she was a kid. Most likely purchased at Eaton’s or Marshall Wells. Next, Mike bought me the metal “It’s a Wonderful Life” sign, which fits perfectly between the slats on the sled – kismet I tell ya!

Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas - Blog Hop. Balsam Tree in a vintage Hudson's Bay Crate, Eaton's Boxes and Santa Sack | Alex Inspired

Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas - Blog Hop. Balsam Tree in a vintage Hudson's Bay Crate | Alex Inspired

My dad is awesome, he cut down a tree from camp for me, it’s actually the top of a balsam tree and it smells amazing. Can you get anymore Canadian?

Hudson's Bay Crate with Tree, and Eaton's Christmas Boxes below | Alex Inspired

Cue the Iconic Department Stores…

Because pretty much everyone on the Golden side of my family worked at Eaton’s, anything Eaton’s related can be found between us. I actually purchased a few of these vintage Eaton’s boxes from Ebay – never folded and never used, sad really. We still exchange presents in old Eaton’s boxes, it’s a nice surprise underneath the wrapping paper.

The Santa sacks were also one of Eaton’s Christmas staples. Christmas morning we’d go to our Nana’s house to open presents with our cousins, she’d have a Santa Sack for each of us.

The HBC Crate was one of my favourite finds from Kijijji. I got it for $5.00.
I kid you not.

Both the snowshoe and the ruler I borrowed from my Dad (I come by the pack-rat gene honestly). I’m enjoying the layered look of the snowshoe, wreath and star  – something I’ve never done before and a little outside the box.

Snowshoe, Wreath combo| Have yourself a Canadian Little Christmas - Alex Inspired

I hope you’ve been inspired to dig up some items you already have, and re-use them for a Christmas display. Sometimes the best decor items are the ones that have the most sentimental meaning, that are hiding in your attic or storage space.

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Don’t forget to click the links below, and check out these awesome Canadian Bloggers!

Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas - Blog hop | Hosted By Alex Inspired

Alex InspiredSunshine & Sugar | The Dream House Project | Glittering Ambition
Lesley Metcalfe  | The Lunchbox Season | Elizabeth Montilla DesignOnce Upon a Maison | The Healthy Garage

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  • Reply Christie December 12, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I love it Alex! A beautiful arrangement of vintage memories – makes me feel all warm and fuzzy 🙂
    Your photos are amazing!

    • Reply alex December 13, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Aw thanks Christie! I can’t wait to find my Nana’s ceramic tree, too! we can match 🙂

  • Reply Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project December 12, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I love this!!! So much sentiment in each piece! I can’t get over that HBC crate…how did you manage to find that for $5?!? You did a lovely job with this vignette. Thanks for hosting such an inspiring blog hop! xo

    • Reply alex December 13, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Hey Tash! ha ha, that crate is seriously one of my favourite finds! If you’re ever looking for something like this, let me know – you’d be surprised with some of the Kijijji treasure here in Thunder Bay.

      So glad you were part of the hop! Next year, we’ll be bigger and better!

  • Reply Lesley Metcalfe December 12, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I love your vintage Christmas decor! When I was a kid, my parents would wrap gifts in those old Santa Sacks so I know them well!

    • Reply alex December 13, 2016 at 8:55 am

      I love it! Santa Sacks are 100% part of our Canadian Christmas Culture! <3 Thanks for hopping with us Lesley! I'm already excited for our next venture!

  • Reply Jen @ RamblingRenovators December 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    As someone who worked at the Eaton’s warehouse on Sheppard Ave. throughout high school, and who had a seasonal job as a holiday greeter at the Eaton’s Centre store, I love all the vintage Eaton touches! You have a lovely home. Happy holidays!

    • Reply alex December 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

      I love that you worked at Eaton’s! My heart just swelled a little more! Thanks for checking out my post, Jen! It means a lot. Without you and Blogpodium, these connections would have never been made!

  • Reply Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc. December 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Oh my goodness a vintage Christmas after my own heart! I love all of your touches! Off to stalk you! xo

    • Reply alex December 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Aw Laurie! thank you so much! haha – I will go stalk you too! LOL 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra Jones December 24, 2016 at 10:04 am

    First of all…your blog is snowing and that is amazing!
    Love this post and the Eaton’s boxes, what a time warp to see them! Very cool decoration ideas!
    Merry Christmas!!

  • Reply alex January 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Aww thank you name twin!! I was so happy to find the Eaton’s boxes!! #nostalgia 🙂

    I hope you guys had an amazing Christmas! ps. thank you for the interoffice mail!! XO made my day!!!

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