I am finally sitting down to recap our trip to Quebec – and let me start by saying that it was amazing. Everyone kept asking why we chose to go to Quebec this time of the year ( late November, close to Thanksgiving ) because it is so cold – but based on the pictures and what I had read online, Quebec is supposed to be a winter wonderland. And wonderland it was ! It was like a set from a holiday movie ( I am a huge fan! ) – imagine every store being decorated, snow dusted cobble-stone streets, skating rinks in the town square, Christmas markets, fireplace roaring in cafes, hot chocolate signs everywhere … I mean – at the cost of sounding cliché – it doesn’t get more magical than that.
We celebrated Diwali this past weekend and on the morning of Diwali – after lighting diyas all over the house, we all dressed up ( I made everyone would be rather accurate ) and take pictures. I want to pass on all the excitement, the culture, the rituals that I grew up with, to Zoe and the festivals are such a good time to involve her in every little detail. I asked her to hold my hand while I lighted the diyas and hand us the decorations as Amit hung them around the house. Screaming Happy Diwali on facetime calls, with Zoe echoing Happy Diwani, doing puja, visiting close friends on Diwali day with sweets and gifts – it was a beautiful Diwali day. I dont agree when people away from India ( who grew up in India celebrating Diwali) say that it was a whatever kind of day or nothing like back home – it all depends on how we choose to celebrate the festival. Some elements will definitely be different, but that’s true even for the celebrations in India. It is up to us to feel the excitement, to breathe in the festive spirit and exude it. And now, moreso to pass that spirit on.
Good ole tripod and a clicker and we have some really fun family pictures – if you notice closely, Zoe is holding the clicker in some pictures – there you go, official photographer in the house!
Also sharing the decor details at the end of the post.
Happy Diwali and Happy New year to all of you celebrating. I absolutely love this festive time of the year. xo – Neha
My outfit : custom-made
hair gajra ( floral hair accessory ) , and more options here
marigold garlands ( I used heavy duty clear tape to put them it holds well ), more garland options ( some with prime delivery option )
Curtain lights ( used these hooks to put them on )
small kandils/lanterns, more here
Rangoli swirls and Happy Diwali banner
Door toran with Amazon prime delivery
Diyas and Diya rangolis
Please tell me I am not the only one who at some point during the day or week or month complains that there just isn’t enough time! Actually, based on the number of emails and messages I get asking for what my schedule looks like or asking to share any time management tips – I am going to safely assume that atleast I am not the only one in that boat.
I got a message from a reader last night – it went something like “I have an 18 month old. Neha! How do you handle meal time? It’s a struggle here. How do you guys do meal time and can you give any ideas for recipes to try”
// This is a LONG POST – I tried to be as comprehensive as possible.