It’s no surprise that the holiday season can be stressful — there’s a lot to do! But whether it be adding some flare to your office party outfit or finding the perfect family-friendly movie, fellow Sheridan grads are here to help cross a few things off your to-do list.
Check out this guide of things you can do to stay organized – and have fun! – this holiday season.
Send out your holiday cards
Sending a unique piece of stationery designed by a Canadian illustrator adds a personal touch to your seasonal snail mail. Fortunately, several Sheridan alum often design and sell their own stationery, running Etsy businesses while working full-time.
Celia Krampien (Illustration ’12), whose first book, Sunny, will be published in Feb. 2020, sells a winter card featuring a picturesque sleigh ride. Alex Thompson (Art Fundamentals ’16) sells a cheeky greeting card featuring an introspective Elf on the Self.
Michelle Simpson’s (Illustration ’14) holiday cards also feature cute animals in sticky situations – in one, a dog finds itself wrapped itself in Christmas lights while in another, cats can be found hiding in a Christmas tree.
Deck the halls
Bolster your home décor to truly get into the holiday spirit.
Cambridge, Ont.-based Crafty Creatures, owned by Illustration grad Leanne Dowdall (’08), is hosting a series of holiday-themed workshops over the month of December where you can make everything from stocking hangers to cookie trays.
Alum from Sheridan’s glass blowing program create beautiful ornaments that would look great on a Christmas tree, but are just as eye-catching year-round, hanging in a window. Husband-wife duo Mariel Waddel Hunter and Alexi Hunter, owners of Kingston Glass Studio, and Cupar, Sask.-based Jacqueline Berting (’89) are among the glass artists with ornaments available in their shops.
Elsewhere, follow YouTube influencer Kristen McGowan (Interior Design ’16) for a few tips and tricks when it comes to decorating your home. In one video, she tackles decorating a stair banister, and shows viewers the best ways to hide the pesky cords that come with hanging holiday lights. And in her latest video below, she shows how you can shop for party decorations on a budget.
Spend time with the people who matter most
Make sure you spend quality time with your friends and family this holiday season.
Maybe take a trip to Niagara to see the classic A Christmas Carol, put on by the Shaw Festival. The production runs until Dec. 22, and Michael Therriault (Music Performance ’95) is playing the feature role of Ebenezer Scrooge.
If you have young kids, consider taking them to The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Young People’s Theatre in Toronto. The show features seven grads, including Connor Lucas (Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance ’17) as Pinocchio.
If the weather outside is frightful, stay in and watch a family-friendly movie with a cup of hot cocoa. Last month, Netflix released Klaus – its first original animated feature. Charlie Bonifacio (Animation ’76) is the supervising animator on the film, which tells the story of a postman who discovers Santa Claus.
Don thy holiday apparel
Want to look sharp at your next holiday party, or be the belle of the ball at New Year’s? Level up your outfit with a tie from Kobi Amponsah’s (Bachelor of Health Science, Kinesiology ’16) Neck Couture. Amponsah’s custom bow ties will make any outfit pop, and are sure to be a conversation-starter at your office holiday party.
Elsewhere, Anu Raina (Crafts and Design, Textiles ’10) sells a variety of elegant and unique clothing and scarves. Along with creative designs, Raina works with the finest of silk and wool blends, guaranteeing quality along with a sleek look.
The reason for the season
This holiday season, consider ways to give back to your community. Lift: The Bra Project, founded by Michelle Cinapri (Business Marketing ’05), is always accepting donations for new and gently worn bras to be distributed to women in need.
If you’re a fan of the arts, consider donating to DramaWay – an organization that provides arts-based programming to young people in the GTA with physical and intellectual challenges. DramaWay was founded by Danielle Strnad (Social Service Worker ’95) in 1999.
More of a pet person? You can volunteer at the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Opportunities include fostering a future dog guide, dog grooming, office support and fundraising. Animal Care graduates Angela Bentivegna (’04) and Gloria Peckham (’95) have worked with the organization for years, transforming the lives of Canadians with disabilities.