Canada Holidays

Take Time to Enjoy the Winter Wonderland This Holiday

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

With the mercury dropping from coast to coast, it's easy to want to huddle inside by the fireplace. But most of us find that we're happier when we get outside. For my family, some of our happiest memories have been when we've been exploring nature and the outdoors together.

4 Important Things to Consider Before the New Year Arrives

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Here are four important things to consider during this week between Christmas and New Year's. There is no need to hide out in denial and avoidance, as we can lighten the load of the reality checks by re-framing them before they begin to hit home.

20 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Be kind to yourself as you grow, fail and succeed. There is no health in beating yourself up and setting yourself up for failure. Success often comes in packages we did not expect, so be open to things looking a bit different than you expected. Keep moving towards the things that you love and make you feel alive, and that path will lead you towards true change and growth.

Four Tips on How To Deal With Loss and Grief During the Holidays

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Find ways to honour those you miss. Look at old photos and tell stories of any loved ones you have lost. Honour the expectations that you may have had for relationships, life and even your vision of the season, as they are a part of our story. Let a lost loved one remain alive in you, and be an active part of your experience.

Give the Gift of Travel This Holiday Season

Amanda Blakley | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Travel
Amanda Blakley

Just in time for the gifting season we've rounded up our favourite travel products that are sure to last well beyond the holidays and add a little (or a lot) of luxury to your tripping for the new year ahead. A little something for everyone on your list.

10 Travel Gems of Geneva

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Travel
Shannon Skinner

Geneva is small city with a big heart. With a population of only 200,000, it is the world's capital of peace. While many visitors come to Switzerland's second largest city for business, there is plenty to offer travellers seeking a vacation.

Sticky Situation: Your Ultimate Holiday Hosting How-To

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

At this most wonderful time of the year, I share with you place-setting guidelines, dining dos and don'ts and of course solutions to sticky hosting situations.

Being Excited About Christmas Doesn't Mean My Depression's Cured

Sandra Charron | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Nobody wants to be Ebenezer. But during the holidays, when all are merry, and my eyes are watering with the unexplained tears of depression -- which has not left me, but has only fooled those around me -- the oft-repeated, "What's wrong now? You seemed fine yesterday," only serves to make the demons in my head cackle a little louder.

This Christmas, Give Presence Instead of Presents

Laila Eman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Laila Eman

There tends to be this common constant act, celebrated by many that's troubling me lately...the act of giving gifts. As we get closer to Christmas, I hope you consider a few ideas I've put together for you and loved ones to do this season, to practice staying present and building lasting memories.

Spice Up Your Health This Holiday Season

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As the Spice Girls proclaim, spicing up your food can definitely spice up your life and offer joy both emotionally and physiologically. Whether you choose the bitterness of garlic, the sweetness of cinnamon or the umami and heat of a kimchi, you can ensure the time is filled with joy rather than pain.

The Holidays Aren't a Happy Time for Everybody

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

So when you're sitting at the dinner table eating turkey dinner for the tenth time or struggling to find room for all those new presents, consider yourself grateful. Please don't take anything you have for granted. What you consider such a normal part of the holidays are things people like me dream about and yearn for.

Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?

Life After the Loss of a Sister

The Reply | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Living
The Reply

After suffering such a significant loss, Carly has learned to cherish what is truly important. She talks about how grateful she is to have people in her life who she knows will always stand by her side, no matter what. "There aren't words to describe how much my family means to me."

Grounded? The Five Best Airport Hotels for Stranded Canadians

Trivago.ca | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

Hotel search trivago.ca analyzed every hotel within two kilometers of Canada's five most notoriously weather-delayed airports, to help grounded travellers stay in the ideal airport hotel during the nightmare of holiday delays.

Passing Down My Family Holiday Baking Traditions

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

For me the holidays are all about family traditions. One of my favourite holiday memories growing up is the warm smell of cookies baking in the oven. Now that I have children and grandchildren of my own, it has become my recipe as well and my daughters are now baking them too, passing the tradition down even further.

Metric Singer Voicing 'Scrappy Anti-Barbie' Goldieblox Cartoon

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Music

Metric lead singer Emily Haines is voicing a "scrappy anti-Barbie protagonist" for feminist toy company Goldiebox's new animated web series, and her b...

Top Canadian Holiday Deal Destinations

Henrik Kjellberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Travel
Henrik Kjellberg

Is it really possible to find a good deal on a holiday getaway? Absolutely! I've put together a list of local cities that are seeing the steepest hotel price drops this holiday season, to help you find the best deals. Whether you're visiting family or taking a well-earned vacation, use this as a guide to find the best deals and deepest savings.

How To Manage Holiday Season Stress With Ease

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

'Tis the season of rush! If you are like most of us, it's still hustle and bustle as you race to the finish line. The end of the year can be a wonderful time but it can also be hectic and stressful. Here are tips to help you manage the year-end season of rush with more ease.

Unplug and Embrace the Joy of Spending Time Together During the Holidays

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada
Sharon Vinderine

With all of today's digital distractions, it's hard not reach for our devices to scroll through our newsfeed and check the latest update on Facebook...

Green for the Holidays

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

These days, filling a large green plastic bag with paper and boxes is virtually unheard of in Canada. Thankfully. There is greater thought and consideration behind the reuse of products and how we can adopt more sustainable practices when celebrating our holiday festivities.

The Story Behind The #VanKiss Mistletoe

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Even though you're surrounded by people, it's easy to feel alone in a big, bustling city like Vancouver — especially around the holidays. Determi...

Sticky situation: A Family Survival Guide for the Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Probably like most of us, your family is not close to perfect like George Bailey's. It probably is closer to one of the three Modern Family families or the Griswolds. To avoid getting wrapped up in garlands, here's your family survival guide for the holidays.

Pets Posing With Santa Prove How Selfish Humans Can Be

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Living

Children often have a hard time sitting still for Santa, so as you'd probably guess, pets are even worse. Dogs, cats and the other animals we coddl...

Jimmy Fallon's Hanukkah Songs Came In Like A Matzoh Ball

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Music

Tuesday is the first night of Hanukkah, and the airwaves are filled with Christmas carols. This is at least in part due to the lack of good Hanukkah t...

The Top Ten Stylish And Fun Holiday Gifts

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

It is easy to leave holiday shopping to the last minute. With a busy work schedule and social events every second day, it can be tricky to get everything on your list. Here is your guide to the top ten holiday gifts! Shopping will be easy and warm the hearts of those near to you.