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I’ve decided today is The Day of the Christmas Tree.  Over the weekend, I watched couples hauling a fresh tree home on their shoulders.  It is the most quintessential and lovely of holiday sights.

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My friend Marnie and I not only found our owns trees on the weekend, but also visited the Festival of Trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which had various trees decorated by Steveston businesses.

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They were set up throughout the cannery, and there was even one from Once Upon a Time!  Their whimsical crew has really become a part of the community.

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The Festival of Trees runs until the 23rd, and during the month of December, you can bring a non-perishable food item for 2-for-1 admission to the Cannery.

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Next, Marnie and I got some tree-finding fuel at Sushi Ten on Moncton Street.  It’s a small place with really friendly service.

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It was pretty chilly out, so we had some hot dishes – the veggie yaki soba ($6.75) and sukiyaki don ($6.75) – as well as the dragon roll ($6.50), spicy agedashi tofu ($3.95) and a seaweed salad ($3.25).

The sukiyaki don hit the spot – it was a bowl of rice with sautéed vegetables, strips of beef, and a soft-cooked egg on top.  The beef was thin and very tender, and the bowl warmed us right up.

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The pan-fried veggie yaki soba was also solid comfort food.

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The seaweed salad was tasty (pretty standard).

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And while the dragon roll was decent, it wasn’t particularly noteworthy.  I thought it needed some crunch, since the textures of the rice, crab, and avocado were all very similar.

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Finally, the agedashi tofu, with its drizzle of spicy red sauce, was really good.  Crunchy, soft, and spice-aaaay.

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Sushi Ten is a nice little neighbourhood joint, and we felt well-fed as we headed off to H&M Christmas Trees on Steveston Highway to pick out our ideal evergreens.

The company is set up in an empty lot right off the highway, and there are so many trees lined up it looks like a forest.  There’s even a little campfire at the back!

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Here’s Marnie, our tree-hunting Goldilocks, at work:

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With plush, sweet-smelling trees tucked neatly into the back of Marn’s car, we headed home and set them up.  My gold and green living room is destined for Christmas, and is now complete with a tree glowing in its corner.

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My roommate and I scrounged together various decorations, including these over-baked cookies from the gingerbread forest project.  Now the tree smells of fir, cinnamon, and cloves.

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Are your trees all set up?  Happy Day of the Christmas Tree, everyone!

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Sushi Ten

3804 Moncton Street, Richmond BC

604-275-1011

Cash and cards accepted

Plenty of vegetarian (and some vegan) options available