Thursday Doors – December 21, 2017

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button below. 

Marché de Noel / Christmas Market – Terrebonne, Québec

Note: I’ve decided to take a blogging break for the holidays so this will be the last #ThursdayDoors link-up for 2017.  

Please feel free to continue posting your own #ThursdayDoors for the next two weeks if you like. Just be aware that there will be no link-up here on December 28th nor on January 4th.

I’ll be back with our regular weekly link-up on January 11th.

At some point early in the New Year I’ll do a year-end recap/what’s in store for 2018 type of post. For now however 2017 has me literally and figuratively limping for the finish line and feeling very much in need of a break.

With that in mind let’s stock up on positive festive energy for the holidays by taking a walk around one of the local small-town outdoor Christmas markets north-east of Montréal.

We had a few crisp cold sunny days recently, just perfect to get out and explore the local Christmas market.

It was cold enough though, to discourage me from any ideas of being high up on a frozen Ferris Wheel. Some may enjoy this but I see it as a summer activity only 😉

Mind you if you’re dressed for it, -15°C (5° F) can be quite comfortable; especially if someone else is doing the walking for you 😀

The market opens each year for about 2 weeks before Christmas and helps introduce area residences to some of the local shops, artisans, and other small businesses in the Lanaudière region north-east of the city.

With several dozen stands offering all kinds of locally made products, there really is something for everyone.

We usually make a point of picking up our traditional holiday Tourtières (meat pies) here, along with a few other goodies for the holidays.

You can also find holiday-themed decorative items,

Or a few last minute hand-made gifts and stocking-stuffers.

including the actual stockings!

If you start to get cold, you can always grab a coffee and have a seat by the fire.

The brightly coloured shacks do make for some nice door shots,

especially set against the snow.

But mostly these brief events are about discovering  and encouraging some pretty amazing local small businesses, and filling up on holiday cheer 😀

At this special time of year, whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or even Festivus 😉 I hope that you spend lots of quality time with those you love and find many blessings in your lives for which to be grateful.

Friends: I wish you and yours safe and Happy Holidays and all the best for 2018!

As always, thanks so much for visiting and see you in the New Year 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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67 Responses to Thursday Doors – December 21, 2017

  1. Lovely market … so festive … so colorful! And by the way, “Happy Festivus!” 😀

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  2. prior.. says:

    Hope your break is going well, Norm.
    And see you in 2018 with updates.
    Oh and enjoyed the post – the details and festive vibe – and my favorite door was the one with the “30”

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  3. What a fun festival! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018. I did a year end door post.

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  4. What wintry fun…I’m glad I stopped by for some holiday cheer and to see some beautiful painted doors! Enjoy your rest over the holidays and all the best for the coming new year!

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  5. Oh, Norm, have a most excellent holiday break and see you soon next year! We’ll be right here where you left us. Cin cin!

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  6. Jennie says:

    Charming and so lovely. Thank you. Merry Christmas, Norm. 🎄

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  7. Buffalo Tom Peabody says:

    Merry Christmas, Norm! Best wishes, peace and joy!

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  8. joey says:

    Fabulous final photo. You got perfect angle and light on that star. I like it very much.
    I’d love to go to a winter fete, but we so don’t have any. Bout the best we get is the trip to the circle to see the lights. (Which I love.)
    I’m a winter person, but not a Ferris wheel person.
    I’m glad you’re taking a break, because as much as I enjoy your/our dooring, I need a break, too. Enjoy your holiday, Norm. I wish you all good things 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you Joey. It was pleasant and peaceful with lots of time spent with family and friends; just the way it should be 😉
      I hope your holidays were wonderful as well. All the best for 2018!

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  9. reocochran says:

    Dear Norm and the Mrs. F.
    Your holiday crafts Winter Fair looks enchanting with the handicrafts and delicious foods offered for sale. I’m not sure if the sun or fire circle would be enough but I would like to try and go. . .thanks for this pretty setting shared here.
    Hope you have a very entertaining and lovely holiday season. 🕊❤ Your Thursday Doors program is one of my favorite parts of blogging! It is lovely how those here who I have met are the ones who ask how I am and even when my brother Randy had such a scary Thanksgiving event, checked up on how he was. The doors people are such caring and thoughtful ones, all because of you “corraling” them! ⭐✴✨

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  10. Thank you for hosting Thursday Doors and bringing so many wonderful people and doors together! I look forward to these posts.

    Joyeux Noel, and Bonne Annee Norm!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you Deborah. We have a fun group of door nuts here so it’s a true pleasure for me to do this each week.
      Merci encore pour ton appui durant l’année, et joyeuses fêtes à toi et à ta famille aussi.
      Santé et beaucoup de bonheur pour 2018 😀

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  11. A ferris wheel in winter would be much too cold for me. I love the idea of these Christmas Markets. It does look like a beautiful way to find and support some local small businesses. It has been a year filled with beautiful doors on your link-ups. Enjoy your much needed break Norm. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for all of us! 🙂

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    I’m with you on the Ferry Wheel in the winter… no way. Have a joyous holiday and a lovely break!

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  13. sorryless says:

    Tara from told me to check out your blog, seeing as how I dig doors myself. I’m glad I took her up on the advice. You have a great blog!

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  14. slfinnell says:

    Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season! And also, many thanks for hosting Thursday Doors. Not a better group of people to blog with!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words and the continued support. Together the whole group has built a wonderful place for a weekly hangout 🙂
      All the best of the season to you and yours as well!
      Cheers 😀


  15. dennyho says:

    And thank you for always hosting us each week…I love spending time here, touring the world of doors each of you shares weekly. I truly enjoy the deskation! ♥

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  16. dennyho says:

    So very festive! I wish we had Christmas markets where I live. Merry Christmas to you and yours Norm.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Denise and all the best to you and yours as well. Hopefully 2018 will bring us many awesome door discoveries 🙂
      By the way, I think my comments on your blog are getting caught in the WP spam filter. You may want to check for “pending comments” from the “WP Admin” dashboard. I don’t know why WP keeps doing this to me….
      In the meantime: Happy Holiday!


  17. tinahomeblog says:

    Vieux Terrebonne is such a beautiful place, where you think time stood still. A lovely place to visit in summer as well as in winter.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Tina. It is so pretty in the summer too. I’m just waiting for a milder day to go on a winter doorscursion there soon.
      In the meantime I wish all the best to you and yours for the holiday season and throughout 2018. Cheers 😀


  18. Best of the season to you too. What a wonderful purple door to close the year with.

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  19. Tara says:

    Oh, the adorableness (not a word!)! So cute. I would ride the ferris wheel thingy and then I’d buy one of those log Rudolph creatures. I’m so practicing my French more in 2018 so when I get to Montréal, I can go to things like this and (a) know what I’m reading and (b) try to fit in so maybe I’ll stay. You should work for the tourism/relocation board. (Wait, do you?) All your pics make me want to live there! 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Tara. Once you get outside of the metropolitan area, a bit of French will be quite practical. As much as I love our city, there are so many interesting things to see and do just outside of town that it makes it hard to decide what to see and where to go.
      In the meantime all the best to you and yours for the holidays and throughout 2018. And perhaps even a Montréal doorscursion together next year.
      Cheers 😀

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  20. Judith says:

    That’s what a Christmas market should look like. No fake snow, rain or traffic in sight. Thanks for the tour Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a trouble free New Year!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      You’re right Judith. Last year it was warm and rainy so we were trudging around in the mud. Not nearly as festive 😉
      All the best to you and yours for the holidays and throughout 2018!
      Cheers 😀

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  21. bikerchick57 says:

    A ferris wheel in the winter? I suppose it’s like riding the ski lift, except for going in circles…but Brrrrrr! Have a wonderful break and holiday from the doors, Norm. Merry Christmas!

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  22. Murphy's Law says:

    What a neat holiday market place. Hooray for small local businesses. Not sure I would go on a Ferris wheel even in the summer any more!! Love that big star.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Here’s hoping 2018 finds you rested and healthy and raring to go. —-Ginger—-

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  23. marianallen says:

    We’ll miss you, Norm! Do we have to play nice while you’re away? ~rubs hands together in evil glee~

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  24. Joanne Sisco says:

    This looks like one of those perfect little markets that Quebec is so famous for. Even at -15C, I could happily stroll through here.
    You always have great photos, and I think the huge star at the end is the perfect way to sum up the year ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Thank you for hosting this event every week, Norm. Without question, it is my favourite.
    Merry Christmas, and wishing you and your family the very best in 2018!

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  25. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful, festive doors and scenes, Norm. I love the simple red and whit shed door. It all looks more like activity that should occur when it’s a lot warmer, but you have to admire the Christmas spirit on display. That wouldn’t get me into the Ferris Wheel, but…

    Thank you so much for hosting Thursday Doors. It’s been a fun year and you curated an amazing selection of doors from around the world. Enjoy the holidays, the blogging break and I certainly hope you enter 2018, walking strong and feeling well. All the best, Norm!

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  26. Colline says:

    The market looks like a great place to spend some family time. Enjoy your break Norm and have a wonderful Christmas.

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  27. Ah, Christmas markets. But not many doors, Norm. I am following your example this week in this respect. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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  28. Pistachios says:

    I have a bit of a soft spot for small business and markets, so this looks delightful to me! Well, maybe not the frozen ferris wheel – that looks a bit dangerous…
    Happy holidays to you too! I’m glad I made it for the last link up 😀

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  29. Lovely adventure and perfect last Thursday Door of the year! Hope you are feeling better, the break is a good one, and we’ll all look forward to seeing you back in 2018. The very merriest of holidays to you and yours, Norm. 🙂

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