Christmas Traditions & Decorations to Inspire

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A New DWK Tradition?

Collaborating with Village Ice Cream Shop in Britannia Plaza

We spent the last few days of November in holiday overdrive as we took over the Village Ice Cream Shop in Britannia Plaza. We're so excited to share the results! We decorated two Christmas trees with whimsical ornaments of various shapes, sizes, and colours, and we just had to include a few gifts underneath for all the Villagers on the Nice List. We knew we wanted to bring the outdoors in, so fresh greenery and dozens of snowflakes became the stars of the show. They hang from the ceiling, the light fixtures, and the windows. Special thanks go out to Katrina, her boyfriend, and other recruited friends who spent several hours cutting out all those intricate snowflakes.

The scent of fresh greenery and hot-off-the-griddle waffle cones made it nearly impossible to leave once the project was finished. Actually, we've been going back regularly for the cinnamon bun coconut milk flavour! Head on over to the Village and immerse your senses—you won't regret it! This was a really fun project, and a great way to kick-start the holiday season. We hope our experience at the Village will become a DWK Christmas tradition. 

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A Note from Village 


Ice Cream Manager, Manuel:

"The holiday season here at Village Ice Cream is always a special time of year. This year, we had the pleasure of working with DWK to ensure that our Britannia Plaza store looked and felt as special as the season. Katrina and Kate came into our space and somehow transformed it into a winter wonderland for our customers to come and enjoy. The level of care and attention to detail they had with decorating our store was amazing. I cannot express enough how easy and exciting it was having DWK share their time and talent with us. Come in and share the warmth and joy of the space they have created, all while sharing a cone with a loved one."


Our Christmas Traditions & Holiday Decor

One all-white tree, one colourful tree, and one snowy tree. Which one do you like best?

A Rioux Christmas Story

Piles of snow, cups of hot chocolate, twinkling lights, historic buildings, and cobblestone streets. This is what my Christmases have looked like for the past several years as my husband and I travel east to spend the holidays with his family in Quebec City. The picturesque city and countryside lure us into their depths, and we can't help but bundle up and escape outside. We try to do it all: skating, skiing, skidooing, dogsledding—pretty much every winter sport you can imagine. But my all-time favourite pastime is walking the precious streets of Old Quebec exploring boutiques, cafés, and pubs. The magical scenery is straight out of a movie. 

I still decorate my tree here in Calgary, and this will be the last year with my bright, bold, and glam all-white tree. It's been a great run, but I'm looking forward to having a real tree next year. The scent of the greenery at Village Ice Cream convinced me to switch it up.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season with your family! 



My last year making a statement with the all-white tree. 


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Décor inspired by Christmas in Mexico.


A Ramsvik Christmas Story

For the last few years, my family and I have escaped the snow and cold in exchange for the heat and streets of Bucerias, Mexico. My parents, retired snowbirds, have been spending the winters in their airstream, exploring the southern states and spending several months in Mexico. My two older siblings, brother-in-law and I meet them down there for the holidays.

Christmas in Mexico is a lot different than our Christmases spent at our cottage in Ontario. We forgo the gifts and kick off the morning with white Russian cocktails and pastries from the local patisserie. We then turn up the music, full blast, and dance and sing to our favourite classics; Bryan Adams (a Ramsvik family staple), D.D.E. (a Norwegian rock band), and the Love Actually soundtrack. Two years ago, we had a very untraditional moment where we spent Christmas morning chasing two massive iguanas out of the bathroom. That was one hell of a Christmas surprise!

Wishing you a very merry and entertaining Christmas, from my weird family to yours.


A MacDonald Christmas Story

My snowy Christmas tree reminds me of all the white Christmases I had as a kid. My husband and I don't buy gifts for each other at Christmas, but we follow his parents' tradition of giving each other a special ornament each year. For Christmas this year, we'll be spending some time back in small-town Saskatchewan to visit my family. We go curling, skating, sledding, and we eat way too much! After Christmas, we're headed back to Calgary for a day and a night, along with my sister's and best friend's families, and then we're off to Panorama the next morning for a ski trip! It'll be so much fun! Did I mention there will be ten kids? This might be interesting!

Wishing everyone a lovely snow-filled Christmas and Happy New Year!



I'm so happy the Calgary streets are finally as snowy as this tree!


Do you have any similar or unique family traditions? We'd love to hear about them in the comment section. On that note, take the time to cherish your family and friends this Christmas and New Year's. Celebrate all the good of 2017 and forgive all the bad. We can't wait for 2018 and everything it has in store for DWK, our growing community, and the amazing clients we've yet to meet. Merry Christmas!