Yesterday marked the second year I attended the Christmas Wish Breakfast at the Pan Pacific Vancouver. This annual event has been going on for 25 years and each year always seems bigger and better than the last. Benefitting the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, all you have to do is bring an unwrapped toy and you get a free breakfast as a thank you.

Pile of toys being gathered for the Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast

Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast consistng of scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns and croissants

The breakfast starts at 6am and goes until 9am, which sounds really early, but since it happens on a weekday, it’s the perfect way to sneak in a good deed and hearty breakfast before work. The Pan Pacific is always done up nicely in Christmas decorations and the whole atmosphere is super. People waiting in line can enjoy Christmas tunes performed by a ukelele band and there’s even a choir belting out holiday carols by the growing pile of toys. If you don’t get into the Christmas spirit after attending this event, well, bahumbug to you.

Karra Barron posing with Santa and her friend at the Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast

Like the year before, I donated the gift of learning (I sincerely believe kids prefer books over LEGO), enjoyed the free breakfast with my girl, Nan, and got to take a picture with Santa. I think this officially makes the Christmas Wish Breakfast my new annual holiday tradition!

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