Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: Holiday Merrymaking

“A good holiday is one that is spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.” – J.B. Priestley

My how time flies.

December has rolled around once again and – as it has been the last few years – it’s shaping up to be a busy month. There’s work to be done and plenty of travel to undertake. There’s also multiple holiday feasts to rock up to and gorge upon, and friends/family to reconnect with. It will be my first full holiday season spent north of 90° and west of 15° in at least seven years, and while a part of me longs for rolling green hills, warm blowing winds and/or weekends by the sea, I’m reveling in the cold and walls of grey clouds that threaten to send down torrents of rain or snow or iced marbles of hail. I quite enjoy the slap of biting winds that make my eyes sting and my nose run, along with sub-zero temperatures that cause my muscles to involuntarily seize up as I make the trek from my front door to the subway entrance.

good things come

I suppose I’m 100% Canadian after all.

Ah yes, December. It’s the time of year to head inside, start a fire, turn down the lights, get all hyggeligt and enjoy a glass or two of wine before the clock strikes twelve. It’s a time to indulge in all those comforting foods too heavy for the summer and not worry about the extra pounds that are migrating to where they’re needed most. ‘Tis the season to listen to carols, spend weekends baking an army of gingerbread men and watching movies like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Love Actually and The Sound of Music.

Yes, I said The Sound of Music. Don’t you know it. *snaps*

The ice rink in front of Rockefeller Center.

The ice rink in front of Rockefeller Center.

Cold winds and snowflakes on my nose and eyelashes aside, this Intolerant has the following on her December/early January travel itinerary:

→ The UK, including London and a couple of shires north of the capital.

→ A quick stop in Paris because Paris is a good idea. Any time. All the time.

→ Cozying up to my second love: Brussels (shhhhh, don’t tell Paris).

→  Tying one on in Bruges. It’s where the merrymaking will take place.

→ Chasing northern lights in Iceland.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the travels, experiences and encounters ahead. I’m also ready to slip into a New Year that is rife with adventure, possibility and new beginnings. It’s time to move on…

What about you? What are your (travel) plans for the holiday season?


  1. Happy Holidays JoAnna.

    We just returned from our trip to Switzerland and I’m now anxiously awaiting buying our first ‘real’ Christmas tree and decorating our apartment which we haven’t been able to do since we left Canada. Christmas itself will be quiet as we’re staying in Norway but I’m looking forward to the Christmas movies and the general cozy feeling of the holidays.

    Safe travels to you and best wishes for 2014!

    1. It sounds (and looks) like you had a great trip Jay. Loved your pics of Switzerland. Enjoy finding and putting up your tree and all the best to the both of you as you round out 2013 and move into 2014. Here’s to a most fantastic year ahead.

      All the best and safe travels! xx

  2. This sounds so fantastic – I am insanely jealous! I cannot wait to see/hear more about your time in Iceland. Northern lights from there is on my bucket list and I’m pining for it soon in a major way. Oh! And have you been to Bittersweet in Bruges? Such a fantastic little cafe with the most beautiful hot chocolate and the sweetest owners.

    We will be painting, installing a kitchen and otherwise just trying to settle into our new Berlin digs over the holidays. We may even be eating take-out for Christmas (pre-kitchen install)! Here’s hoping for a little merriment – and at the very least, a small Christmas tree – amidst the chaos – and to new beginnings!

    Safe travels and happy holidays!!

    1. Well you’re living in one of the cities I adore most in this world so let’s call it a truce. 😉 I haven’t been to Bittersweet in Brugge (at least I don’t think I have) and will suss it out when there over the holidays.

      I think your plans for the season sound fabulous: cozy, intimate and good fun. Enjoy settling into your new digs and wishing you all the best for now and 2014. I have a feeling there’s a lot of adventure and goodness on the way. x

  3. Sounds like a perfect plan to meet up a New Year. I can’t imagine life without travelling, at least once a month there should be trip planned, that’s my rule;)

    Happy holidays dear



    1. I like the way you think Alexandra. Happiest of holidays and all the best for 2014!

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