Point & Shoot: Christmas comes early



Ever since we closed the door on November the kids have been excitedly counting the days to December 8th and this weekend the wait was finally over. We primped and preened ourselves into party dresses and smart collars and headed down to K’s office on the shore of Lake Ontario for the annual company Children’s Christmas Party.

It’s the one time of year when the kids can eat themselves silly on Timbits and pizza, the cartons of every juice imaginable never run out, and the appearance of Santa Claus is a dead cert.

I swear every time I looked for T he was at the Timbits table trying desperately to carry seven or more away on a napkin, while S preferred a drive-by approach, deftly picking one and cramming it whole into her mouth as she walked purposefully away, looking for all the world like she just got lucky and never planned the whole execution at all.

As usual there were tables of crafts for anyone who thought their clothes needed extra pizazz – a dab of glue here, some glitter there – and coffee on tap for the grown-ups. Comedy and magic put the inevitable sugar high to good use and J was thrilled when she was picked to assist with a trick. All three kids really enjoyed the audience participation aspect this year with T even attempting a solo rendition of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer when he thought DeeJay the Clown needed clarification.

I think, when the moment came, all dinner-table discussion the previous night about whether this Santa was the real one or an impostor was instantly forgotten. Santa didn’t disappoint and somehow everyone ended up with their hearts desire. S has been living in her gift ever since.

Babies were in abundance this year (not as gifts mind you, as attendees) and K must have held 50% of them  – he’s a natural ‘baby-whisperer’ and with our youngest now a ‘mature’ three he has to get his fix where he can! As for me, I was happy to walk away with four promising titles from the secondhand book table at the back of the room for no more than $3. Looks like Christmas just got started!

How’s your Christmas shaping up? Are you feeling it yet or still scrabbling to get organised? If it’s any consolation I still need to get the tree up but I’ll always find time for a sneaky peak at what others are up. If you fancy procrastinating with me head over to snowingindoors.com for more weekend snapshots.




By Aisha Ashraf

An autistic Irish immigrant in a cross-cultural marriage, Aisha Ashraf is the archetypal outlander, writing to root herself through place and perspective. Published in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, River Teeth, HuffPost and elsewhere, her work explores the legacy of trauma, the nature of being an outsider and the narrow confines of belonging. She currently lives in Canada.


    1. Hi Louisa, Timbits are a Canadian delicacy 😉 from the Canuck equivalent of Costa Coffee, Tim Hortons. They’re the middle part of ring doughnuts, glazed, sugared, filled with jam etc. and served in a dinky box to take away. This’ll give you an idea. Since we moved here we’ve developed quite an appreciation for them…
      The party was great fun. We feel pretty lucky my husband’s office lays it on, only the adults got a Xmas party back home in the UK.

      1. They sound delicious. It is great that children are included in the office party. At the place my mom works staff have to pay to attend their own party!

        1. The company throw a party for the children before Christmas every year, the adults have to wait til January to get dressed up for the New Year Gala – I’ve got my hair appointment booked and ready 😉
          Paying for your own party?? Brings to mind, “It’s My Party & I’ll Cry If I Want To”.

  1. Sounds wonderful. We’re late getting our tree up this year but I’m certain that once it’s in the house i’ll be feeling that Christmas buzz! x

  2. Great photos, Aisha. And timbits and pizza… mmmm. Xmas is a slow burn in our household too. Part of this is down to the weather – sun and heat don’t really encourage tree decorating but, once we start, it’s full steam ahead here!

  3. Sounds like a great time was had by all. I had to Google timbits…I love doughnuts but these sound like they could be dangerous for me as I’m on a diet; I probably wouldn’t be able to stop eating them! 🙂

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