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6 Photos you Need to take on Christmas Morning [ A Photographer's Weigh in ]

Anticipation, excitement, twinkling lights and squeals of delight are some of the sights and sounds on Christmas morning.  

It's usually a time when the family is snuggled in close; actually getting along... (for the most part), and adults are practically giddy with excitement themselves!  These are the moments we have looked forward to for MONTHS.  These are the moments that need to be captured... the moments you wish time would pause for just a little while longer.

This is where photos come in, of course!  Below, I have a list of 6 photos you NEED to take on Christmas morning.  More than 6 photos will no doubt be taken, but please don't forget these! 

Christmas morning wake-up.  If you have young kids in the house and are anything like mine, they'll be piled in your bed, poking you, jumping around, and trying to shake you awake.  Use this moment to grab them, give them a good tickle and then snap a pic of everyone in bed.  (Bed-heads and all.  This is real life, people!)  *…

Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas at Martin Lewis Confectionery - Elmira, ON

Martin Lewis Confectionery, in downtown Elmira, is not your average chocolate and candy store.  While both of these tasty treats are readily available, there are many other goodies that are waiting for you to try.  While you're at it, pick up a few gifts for your loved ones. 

Step into the side of creativity and uniqueness to wow your gift receiver this year!

Stephanie, owner of Martin Lewis Confectionery, is ready to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas Season.

To make it easier for you, I have put together a list of the top 5 gifts the special people in your life will appreciate.

Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas at Martin Lewis Confectionery

1.  Organic Loose Leaf Tea

Their certified organic premium loose leaf teas are imported from around the world and are blended right here in Canada for Martin Lewis Confectionery by a Certified Tea Master.  Feel good about the many healthy tea choices available.  Tea accessories are available as well!

Organic loose leaf tea is available in many different flavours, along with a few Christmas blends to get you in the Christmas spirit.

2.  Soup in a Jar 

Healthy vegan soups in a jar made by, Soup Girl.  Just add water and simmer in a pot on the stove, or throw everything in the crock pot and walk away.  Voila, a healthy meal put together with minimal effort! 

Soup in a jar is a perfect addition to a gift box or can be given on their own to your soup loving friend.

3.  Fudge

This smooth, creamy, homemade fudge, is made in small batches for premium freshness and taste.  There are many different flavours to choose from, so ask for a sample to help decide what's right for you! 
Who doesn't love fudge?  Give the gift of sweetness this Christmas Season.

4.  Preserves

Many gourmet preserves, dips, garnishes, spices, oils, and platter accompaniments which are perfect for entertaining. With brands such as Sable & Rosenfeld, Stonewall Kitchen, Wildly Delicious, and Jesse Tree you can be assured you are getting premium quality.  There are many gifts for the foodie in your life including, feta stuffed olives, garlic & dill cocktail stirrers, marinated vegetables (perfect for antipasto), red pepper & feta dip, compote, confit, and sweet and spicy Thai dipping sauce.  There are even a few seasonal varieties such as lemon curd, Holiday syrup, and port cranberry sauce-which, by-the-way, is fantastic on ice cream too!

A variety of gourmet preserves for the foodie on your gift giving list.

5.  Gift Boxes

An example of what's included in the "Gluten Free Rise'n Shine" gift box.

These are not your typical gift boxes.  The following boxes are ready-made and packed with artisan, healthy, gourmet products.  Order online at or call the store.  Get your order in early for the best selection and have it ready in time for Christmas!

The following, are examples of a few of the pre-made gift box selections.

a)  Gluten Free Rise 'n Shine - GF pancake & waffle mix, a box of scone mix, a bag of locally crafted granola, a jar of jam, and a bottle of pure, local, maple syrup.

b)  For the Host(ess) - A box of handcrafted shortbread cookies, imported cheese biscuits, a bottle of lemonade mix, a canister of the ultimate burger seasoning, and a jar of dulce de leche dessert sauce. 

c)  Let's Make Some Pizza - All you need to add to this gift box is the dough!  Includes a ceramic pizza stone, a jar of classic pizza sauce, pizza herbs, marinated vegetables, a bottle of garlic infused extra virgin olive oil, and a bottle of black mission fig infused balsamic vinegar.

d)  Time for Tea - Three 50g bags of organic loose leaf tea, a box of local handcrafted shortbread, locally grown and roasted nuts.

... And many more!  Take a look online for more options and details:

 There you have it!  Hopefully these top 5 gift ideas will inspire you to give creatively this Christmas Season.  Surprise and delight your loved ones with delicious, gourmet products from Elmira, ON.  You'll be glad you did!