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Merry Christmas from City Mom

A Must See This Holiday Season: Miracle on 34th Street {#LdnOnt}

Miracle on 34th Street

We just got back from a matinée performance of Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical at The Grand Theatre. I couldn’t wait to sit down to write about it and share our experience.

This is a must-see for families this holiday season. The performance starts with a bang as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is setting up to begin. With colourful costumes, props and set designs, we were all eyes-on-stage.

Miracle on 34th Street

Members of the cast of The Grand Theatre production of Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical. 
Claus Andersen photo.

The Grand’s Miracle of 34th Street, the Musical is based on the Valentine Davies’ Academy Award winning movie, with the addition of many fun and playful songs as well as some traditional Christmas songs. We loved singing along to the songs we knew and listening to the new and original scores created by Meredith Wilson.

Susan, played by Hillary Harkes, is a cute, to-the-point little girl who’s been brought up by her single mom Doris who is the manager at Macy’s. Doris has raised Susan to only believe in what you can see; therefore she does not believe in Santa Claus. If you haven’t already seen the movie, I don’t want to spoil too much, but this feel-good performance leaves even the adults believing in Santa!

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Hillary Harkes is Susan and Brian McKay is Kris Kringle in The Grand Theatre production of 
Miracle on 34thStreet, The Musical. Claus Andersen photo.


This production is definitely a family friendly event. We brought Little S with us and she is five. She was glued to her seat for the first 30 minutes in awe of all the sites onstage, including the giant Mickey Mouse float, the life-size snowman, the colourful and funny clowns and the pretty ballerina.

We wondered if introducing her to the question ‘Is Santa Claus real?” would cause her to wonder that herself. But we had nothing to worry about as it is very obvious right from the beginning that Santa is there and he’s the real thing.

St. Nick or Kris Kringle is played by Brian McKay and if I didn’t know that he was an actor, I’d believe myself that the real Santa was up there performing. It’s not just the way he looks but his cheerful and jolly demeanor that will make you a believer.

When I asked Little S what her favourite part was she said “I didn’t have a favourite part. It was all so good! I highly recommend taking your kids to see this heartwarming production to really rev up the Christmas spirit.

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Hillary Harkes is Susan and Brian McKay is Kris Kringle in The Grand Theatre production of 
Miracle on 34thStreet, The Musical. Claus Andersen photo.


Miracle on 34th Street will be on at The Grand until December 30, 2012. You can order tickets by visiting or calling 1-800-265-1593.

Be a part of the miracle


Have you ever wanted to be a part of a professional theatre performance? Then you’re invitre to be a clown on stage in The Grand’s holiday show Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical and raise money for Holiday Wish for Kids! Visit the following link to learn more and to fill out a registration form. Clowns must be 18+.

Enjoy the show!

City Mom

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! 

Here’s wishing you a safe and happy holiday and all the best in 2011!

Ho ho ho!

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Faking Your Holiday Baking

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Faking Your Holiday Baking 

Christmas shopping, gift wrapping and tree decorating; these are all a must for the holiday season, but what about Christmas baking?  Who has the time on top of all this to make dozens of happy-looking gingerbread men and jolly old shortbread snowmen?  

Personally, as much as I love to bake, it moves to the bottom of my list during the holidays.  So today I am sharing my cheat notes with you because I assume you’re in the same boat. If you’re like me, you put a small amount of pressure on yourself to produce something that can be classified as Christmas baking. 



Enter President’s Choice Shortbread Cookie Mix.  I picked up a box at my local grocery store and whipped up a batch of cookies in no time.  All you need to have on hand is a cup and a quarter of unsalted butter.  Mix the two together and voila…a batch of shortbread cookies. 

I made mine following the package directions but you could easily roll out the dough and cut with Christmas-shaped cookies cutters.  Either way, the result is a light, flaky shortbread cookie.  They aren’t the most buttery tasting but definitely on the nice, light side. 


I picked up a box on sale for $3 but they usually retail for $3.99.  Also look for the Gingerbread Cookie Mix


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White Chocolate Gingersnaps

Cookie dough balls tossed in sugar coating.

This post is dedicated to my American friends. These tasty, tender cookies are a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table.  And Christmas? Forget about it…baking list complete!

The combination of ginger, cloves and cinnamon with white chocolate make these soft cookies a spicy-sweet treat that will quickly become a holiday family favourite.

This is an easy recipe to allow even the smallest hands to help with.


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 /2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup confectioners’ sugar

Adding molasses to the brown sugar mixture.


  • In a medium bowl, beat brown sugar and butter until blended
  • Beat in the egg, then the molasses
  • Mix the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves
  • Gradually add to the wet mixture and mix well (the dough will be stiff)
  • Stir in white chocolate chips until well mixed
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1.5 hours
  • Combine both sugars in a deep bowl
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls
  • Toss in sugar mixture
  •  Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray
  • Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until set
  • Cool for a few minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. 

White Chocolate Gingersnaps

Yield: 3 dozen

Happy baking & Happy Thanksgiving!

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