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Holiday Traditions

 

It’s no secret that the holiday season has become increasingly stressful this year for several reasons. In the midst of all the wild events happening in our world, there's still this pressure to orchestrate a picture-perfect holiday dinner.  As we all scroll on Pinterest boards for inspiration, we adding more tasks to our to-do lists for the perfect Instagram worthy Christmas party.

 

While some people may enjoy making detailed desserts that look like a Martha Stewart display or the hours of Christmas shopping, many others find it stressful. According to the mental health charity called, Mind, at least 1 in 10 people struggle to cope with the pressure of having the "perfect Christmas."

 

women looking tired and stressed out during Christmas time

 

I am sure if you ask your grandparents what Christmas used to be like, I’ll bet they would tell you a different story.  If they were of the generation that lived through the depression era, you can be certain that there was very little—if any—Christmas shopping to be done.

 

Let's take a pause, a breath and reflect on what matters the most. This holiday season doesn't have to be stressful, you can change that by adopting these three tips inspired by our elders.  

 

1. Focus was on being together with loved ones and participating in activities together. 

 

Rather than rushing around trying to have everything in perfect order, focus on doing fun things together as a family. You can play board games, share funny stories around the dining room table, bake homemade goods together, watch funny and heartfelt Christmas movies, and so on. If you can't be with your family physically this year, you can always connect online.

 

family at Christmas time looking through photo album

 

2. Simplicity is key

 

Decorations were much simpler years ago! Popcorn was strung and used as a garland hung outside for the birds to enjoy. Fruit featured prominently in décor—orange peels were used creatively as little baskets, or peels were dried and cut into shapes. These simple traditions are low-cost and allow everyone to focus on quality time together, rather than stressing about fancy décor.

 

Christmas tree with popcorn strung as garland

 

3. Take a breath and slow down

 

Perhaps this year you can slow down the pace of the holiday season by practicing the art of saying no. You don't have to do it all, you don't have to host a family dinner again, and most of all it doesn't have to be picture perfect. Be present, slow down, and enjoy the everyday moments. Enjoy your fresh cup of coffee an extra five minutes, read your favourite book in the evening snuggled in a warm blanket, cuddle your furry friend, or whatever helps you to slow down from the holiday rush. 

 

What I've learned from our clients is that there's something special about holiday traditions. Maybe it's time to slow down and revert to some time-honoured traditions from your grandparents’ era.

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Celebrating Women - Congratulations!

 

Last night we had the honour of attending a wonderful event hosted by Bank of Montreal. The BMO Celebrating Women event is a time for women in business to network together & enjoy of an evening of cocktails & treats. It is also a time that BMO takes to recognize outstanding women in business. There were 3 awards presented last night and each of the nominees did not even know that they were nominated! 

 

That is why is came as such a surprise to Chloe Hamilton  when her name was called as the winner of the Expansion & Growth in Small Business Award! A very deserving award, Chloe shows dedication to her vision & She is an inspiration to us all!

 

While it was a huge surprise to her, she was absoultely honoured to receive the award!

 

Congratulations Chloe, you are absolutely remarkable! 

 

 

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Congratulations to Chloe!

I could not be more proud of Chloe for winning the Young Professional of the year award last night at the KW Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala! I could not think of a more deserving recipient for this award. Chloe is a hardworking and determined young entrepreneur who faces any obstacle head on. She inspires me and the rest of the Warm Embrace team every single day!

 

Chloe was extremely humble going into this award. She said many times “it’s an honour just to be nominated among such exceptional professionals.”

 

Chloe founded Warm Embrace Elder Care ten years ago and has been operating the business ever since. She has overcome many obstacles over the years and she always holds her head high while tackling anything that stands in her way! She is truly an inspiration as a business woman.

 

Over the last ten years, Warm Embrace has had the honour of assisting hundreds of local families by providing dignified care to seniors. Our amazing caregiving team make it possible to serve so many families simultaneously and ensure that we never leave anyone in need. 

 

Congratulations Chloe, It is such an honour to work with you every day helping you to operate the amazing business that you have created! 

 

 

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10 Year Anniversary Party

 

 

We had a wonderful time at our 10 year Anniversary Party! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, it was so nice to see you! We appreciate all of the support over the last 10 years! 

Brenda, Chloe & Avery Hamilton

 

 

 

 

For more photos please visit our Facebook page. Be sure to like us on Facebook or share our page with a friend while you are there! 

 

 

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Welcome to our new website!

 

We are so excited to announce our new and improved website! 

 

Please take a look around, we hope that you enjoy it.

 

We have added lots of information about our dementia & companionship services, as well as a section about what makes Warm Embrace Elder care unique
 

Do you know someone who would make a great caregiver? Encourage them to view our Careers page to learn all about the position. 
 

Be sure to check our blog regularly and feel free to request any blog topics!

 

We'd love to hear your feedback! 

 

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