Toronto greeted me with milder weather than I was expecting, however the promise of colder weather to come delights. We had a day full of seasonal promise that I was eagerly awaiting.
Business first, the best way to get around the city. After research I opted for the new presto card: buy the card, put funds on it and set it up for senior rates (easily done at a local Shoppers Drug Mart) and I was good to go. This provides easy switching from all TTC transport and includes free transfers if used within 2 hours. I was impressed with the service and recommend it for all visitors to the city.
That done we set off for priority event, choral eucharist at St James Cathedral. As always a beautiful service, music filling the spacious sanctuary with glorious praise, worshipful canticle and celebratory postlude. The Advent candle lit by a family from the congregation reflected the inclusivity of the services and the homily encouraged us to be purposeful in our many activities during these next few days leading up to Christmas and to remember to always place our relationship with God at the top of all our ‘to do’ lists.
Leaving the church inspired and blessed with spiritual food we could not ignore the bodies desire for nourishment and called in at a local coffee shop for refreshments for our walk to the annual Toronto Christmas fair. My delicious chai latte made with coconut milk was delicious and hit the spot nicely.
Arriving at the fair my daughter was quickly able to purchase tickets online which enabled us to join the shorter entry queue, assisted by friendly cheery elves of course!
Immediately on entry we were swept into the fun, excitement and joy of this festive season. I recalled some of the basic layout and stalls and displays from my previous visit in 2016, especially the pink Christmas trees.
A photo summary of our visit
What a beautiful start to my Christmas trip home. Feeling loved, welcomed and excited to enjoy everything and everyone God provides: would love you to join me.