Christmas Traditions

Coping With Cancer During The Holiday Season

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Going through cancer treatment during the holidays can completely change your perspective during what should be one of the happiest times of the year. Patients and families struggle with how they can celebrate when they or someone close to them is coping with cancer.

Weirdest Christmas Traditions Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents

We bet your family's holiday traditions aren't as quirky as these.

I Used To Think Being Canadian Meant Celebrating Christmas

Arti Patel | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Living
Arti Patel

I can still remember my first real Christmas. I was in fourth grade and came home from school carrying a construction-paper garland that I made in class for my Christmas tree. There was just one problem, I didn't have a Christmas tree. My thought a tree was a waste of money, and besides, we were Hindus.

Every Child Deserves A Gift At Christmas

World Vision | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada
World Vision

In 2013, when the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, thousands of people were made homeless and to this date, still can't celebrate Christmas like they used to. But despite poverty and hard times, Filipinos always find a way to give gifts and celebrate. Many charities, like World Vision, continue to work with the people in the country to rehabilitate and rebuild.

Things To Do If You're Alone During The Holidays

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living

Treat yourself!

10 Non-Food Related Christmas Traditions To Start With Your Family

The Huffington Post Canada | Pauline Osena | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Parents

You don't have to eat to enjoy yourself this season!

What This Christmas Star Symbolizes To My Family

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

That star has become a family icon. I'm fairly sure that if my house was on fire, the first thing I would try to save would be that star. My wife still cries when she takes that tattered star out of the box.

Looking For A New Holiday Ritual? Try Something Old

Debra Macleod | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Many people want to express a sense of reverence for life; however, the religious themes they see around them seem empty and foreign. If this resonates with you, who knows? Maybe something old can offer you something new.

Global Christmas Decorations Show The Real Beauty Of The Holidays

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living

Even store-bought ornaments have a story behind them.

5 Tips For Having A Simpler Christmas

Shawna Scafe | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada Living
Shawna Scafe

The Christmas you plan is up to you. You decide what foods to make, gifts to buy, which events to add to your calendar. You set the schedule of the holiday. This year don't try and do it all, say no to the OK stuff and yes to the great stuff. Let this be the year you reclaim the holiday, and make it simple, on purpose.

30 Super Easy Elf On The Shelf Ideas

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Parents

Keep a few of these in your back pocket for those nights when you just don't have any more ideas.

Things We Love About Christmas That Have Nothing To Do With Christmas

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Living

So many of the things we associate with Christmas have other origins. For example, while modern Christmas trees originated in Germany during the Renai...

Why 'Elf on the Shelf' Has a Place in My Heart

Lori Gard | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

At first, I was a skeptic. I'd read the blogs, the warnings and the curses that were written about Elf on the Shelf. I could feel the hate. This elf would leave terror and anarchy in his wake. He'd behave badly. In short, he'd be a pain in the...

Savvy and Original Holiday Cards

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Don't panic. It's still early enough to get organized with your annual Christmas cards. We know you want your beautiful family to stand out from the rest. That's why we rounded up a list of the 18 Best Holiday Cards. It won't take long to find something fabulous and original -- just for you.

I'll Admit it: I Use Santa to Keep the Kids in Line

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I've been using the power of Santa Claus for a few weeks now, and things are looking good. For maximum effectiveness, the use of Santa and his omnipresence is good for the window directly following Halloween until December 25. During this time, I enjoy the increased attentiveness, dearth of meltdowns and general calm that precedes Christmas day.

Give Less, Donate More

Anne Day | Posted 02.22.2012 | Canada Living
Anne Day

Like my parents before me, I have tended to go a bit overboard in the present department, vowing each year that I would buy less, and give more. Well, this year I can proudly say I've done it. I am not sure whether it was the weather, the state of the economy, or losing some special friends this year, but I've found it harder to get into the Christmas mood, so I have shopped less and donated more.