Canada Christmas

This Christmas, Give Presence Instead of Presents

Laila Eman | Posted 12.21.2014 | 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.

The Holidays Aren't a Happy Time for Everybody

Arthur Gallant | Posted 12.21.2014 | 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 12.20.2014 | 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 12.20.2014 | 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."

Seven Hallmarks of Good Holiday Behavior

Karen Cleveland | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Tis the season...The holidays can feel like you're partying like it is your job, and that very well might be true for the next few weeks. Here are the...

5 Things You Might Not Know About Santa Claus

Ward Anderson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Up on the rooftop, reindeer pause. Out jumps...well, you know who. Whenever Christmas gets close, children of all ages eagerly await the return of Santa Claus. Known by many names all over the world, Father Christmas is one of the most lasting figures in history. He's everything from a mythical father figure to a kick-ass salesman of soft drinks. Here are a few random facts about the jolly old one.

Christmasy Quotes To Warm Your Heart

The Huffington Post Canada | Lisa Yeung | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living

There's nothing like a line from your favourite Christmas song or movie to get the ol' eyes misty. So we've gathered up some touching holiday quot...

Time Saving Cleaning Tips For A Stress-Free Holiday Season

Alana Hurov | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

Tis' the season to make a mess. From baking gingerbread men to preparing five-course meals for family and friends, it's all extremely daunting and stressful. With no budget for a live-in maid and an innate dislike of cleaning, I enlisted supermom entrepreneur Kalpana Kundra for advice.

Sticky situation: A Family Survival Guide for the Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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.

Bring These Homemade Chocolate Turtles To Your Next Holiday Party

Carolyn Berry | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

Turtle chocolates are a favourite of many during the holidays. Since December is a time for indulgence, I wanted to try a healthier version of this sweet treat.

What I Learned This Week: The Heavy Power of Light

Andy Nulman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

"Let there be light!" It's the third line in the Bible...so I guess it must be important. And perhaps at no time is it more important than right n...

10 Tips To Avoid the Family Holiday Meltdown

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The holidays are filled with social gatherings, family dinners and opportunities to connect and share the joy of the season. But with this festive season also come land mines that are within every family -- all this togetherness can sometimes backfire. So, how do we avoid this meltdown? Here are some tips to assist you in keeping the family peace during the holidays.

The Top Ten Stylish And Fun Holiday Gifts

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

We Need To Talk About Farmed Animal Abuse

Yan Roberts | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada
Yan Roberts

While The Vinyl Cafe's annual holiday show was in Toronto the other day, angry fans of the much loved CBC Radio show were leaving hateful messages on ...

Why Must My Culture Take a Backseat to Christmas?

Jason Najum | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

As the days inch closer to the holidays, plans are being made and schedules are being set. I'm replying to Christmas party invites, and going shopping for gifts, and organizing who I'll visit on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But wait a second, I'm Jewish.

New VINTAGES Wine Suggestions For Happier Holidays

Heather Wall | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Wall

My love affair with Cava continues. Pale lemon green with lots of tiny persistent bubbles. The nose is clean and offers green apple, lemon, lemon zest, biscuit, pear. The palate is dry with lively acidity and noted baked bread. The length is medium on a crisp palate cleansing finish. Not overly complex but good quality and the price is right!

Have a Holly, Jolly and Budget-Friendly Holiday

Hana Shafi | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Hana Shafi

The Christmas fervour of shopping malls and Dundas Square is partly a good thing. It creates a sense of community and happiness. And it's a way to brighten up the cold, overcast dullness of winter. But people really do need to control their spending and remember that they are not the Great Gatsby.

How To Sail Though This Holiday Season

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

To make the most of your energy you need to know yourself. What people, places and situations give you energy and which ones take it away? In the same way that the successful sailor stops to feel the wind, you must feel your energy. What energizes each of us it is different and there are no right or wrong answers. What catches my sail might leave you stranded at the dock.

15 Tips for Managing a Divorce Over Christmas

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Children may worry they are being disloyal if they start to have too much fun with one parent. They also worry about the parent that they are not with, wondering if that parent is okay. Sometimes they just deeply miss the parent they are not with. The familiar traditions may be gone and this can leave the children feeling as though something or someone is missing.

How to Help Your Kids Relax this December

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

While the holiday season is often depicted as a special time of year -- so much so that many people strive to make their holidays "perfect" -- the reality is that the happiness that is widely portrayed can often be a myth for people across Canada, including young people.

Buy This Ethical AND Gorgeous Gift For The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc. is a Canadian company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their belief is to flex their buying power to empower families in countries that are rebuilding. Their fragrances are made in Canada and are created with essential oils from nations that are rebuilding including Haiti, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Three Very Different Styles for Your Festive Holiday Table

Colin & Justin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

We've long since opined that festive décor should enhance existing home style rather than smother it, so our 'less is more' mantra is currently extra potent. To provide direction, here are three looks -- Past, Present and Future -- arranged, for your style hungry delectation, using our very own Toronto condo as backdrop.

5 Brand Communication Strategies for the Holidays

Nick Cowling | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

Just as the lights, the decorations, and the overall glow of the season offer a breath of fresh air against the dull weather outside. So too do our favourite brands -- if they make an effort to stick out.

This Christmas, Help Muslims Save This Imprisoned Woman

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Junaid Jahangir

Some neo-conservative Muslim leaders exhibit a spiritually stingy outlook when they caution their followers against celebrating Christmas. They also recognize the oppression against Aasia Bibi, a poor Christian woman in Pakistan, who has been suffering for half a decade in prison on false blasphemy charges.

Dear Santa: Here Is What B.C. Wants For Christmas

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Dear Santa: You probably don't get Christmas letters from an entire province, but this year we hope you'll think of adding B.C. to your magical journey.