December is a very busy month for most of us. There is so much to do to get ready for Holidays. Sometimes we need to just take a break and enjoy the season. Here are a few things you can enjoy in and around Hamilton.
The Stoney Creek parade is happening December 7, 2013 at 2 pm.
Holiday Traditions featuring the Royal Botanical Gardens Train show, running November 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014
The December Art Crawl December 10, 2013
The McQuesten’s Childhood Christmas
November 23, 2013 to December 29, 2013
Enjoy this special time of year as the McQuesten’s look back on the Christmas of their childhood. See the family’s toys under a tree adorned with whimsical decorations in the style » Read more
November 30, 2013 to January 05, 2014
Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendor with cedar boughs, » Read more
Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit
November 23, 2013 to December 31, 2013
Christmas in the Pioneer Spirit Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King St. W., Stoney Creek, ON Gather your family together, take a break from holiday shopping and step back in time » Read more
Holiday Carousel and Train Rides in Gore Park
December 06, 2013 to December 24, 2013
The free children’s amusement rides will be in operation in Gore Park on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays* 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m
Christmas Tree of Hope – Tree Lighting and Free Concert
December 06, 2013 5:30-7 pm. All ages welcome. FREE Event. Unwrapped toys and donations welcome for CHML/Y108 Toy Drive. The City of Hamilton, in partnership with the CHML/Y108 Christmas Tree of Hope
There is a lot to do and see. For more information on things to do in Hamilton please go to Tourism Hamilton
The winter months are fast approaching, and with winter comes the need to have all household utilities working. Having a heater available is obviously the most important utility needed in order to make it through the colder months.
Having a functional heating system is obviously of utmost importance in winter, and so the first thing that should be done is making sure that the thermostat inside the house is working properly. This is crucial for being sure that homeowners can control the flow of heat throughout the house. With this in mind it can also be a wise idea to make sure the thermostat is programmable, so that it can automatically detect how the flow should work, as well as cutting down on heating costs. (more…)
Decorating can be fun…Here are a few ideas to think about
2. Add some color to your front door. Accent a bright white door with the deep colors of an evergreen wreath or garland. Tie on extra wide red ribbons to complete the Christmas look. Twinkling lights add a soft glow at night and allow the decor to be seen from the street.
3. Hang up your vintage ornaments. No need to reinvent your decorations each Christmas; stick with the familiar. It’s okay to use the same ornaments every year! Decorate with vintage glass ornaments and ornaments given to you from friends and family. (more…)
In the attempt to conserve energy and decrease heating costs, you can actually make your home too air tight. For a house to be healthy it needs to breathe; it needs to expel moisture and other gases from inside and take in a constant supply of fresh air from outside.
Five signs that can tell you if your home is too air tight:
• The pilot light on your gas appliances keeps going out;
• A gas flame burns yellow instead of blue (apart from a natural gas fireplace);
• The air inside your home is frequently stuffy and stale;
• Excessive condensation is dripping down your windows (this could also be due to the fact that your humidifier is set too high, so check that first); and/or
• The smell of exhaust gases is present in your home.
If one or more of these signs are present in your home you should consider contacting a certified heating contractor or building ventilation expert to check your home and correct any problems.