Canada Christmas

Cure Your Holiday Debt Hangover

Rubina Ahmed-Haq | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Rubina Ahmed-Haq

Hands up if you spent more than you wanted to this past holiday. From gifts to entertaining to travel, it's easy to get swept up in the holiday spirit and dole out more cash than you first intended to. Now the credit card bills have started to arrive and you may be wondering where the extra money will come from?

I've Made It Through Another Christmas Without Amanda

Carol Todd | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Carol Todd

This was the fourth Christmas with Amanda gone. It feels just like the first one with the deep sighs and sadness. I personally am not feeling that it gets easier with each year going by because the loss is still there. It's not about forgetting or getting over it. It's about missing someone you loved. Yes certainly, we have other family that we love and care about. And we don't love them any less. My experiences this Christmas season have been phenomenal for giving back. Some on my own and some with Amanda's legacy.

Stunning Photos Show How The World Celebrates Christmas

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 12.25.2015 | Canada Living

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Hong Kong Man In Yukon Finds Holiday Cheer Thanks To Online Post

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Impact

He says the Canadian people are the most beautiful thing in this country.

The Story Behind NORAD's Santa-Tracking Radar Is Adorable

CP | Dan Joling, The Associated Press | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Parents

"It's one of the largest military community relations events we have."

The Meaning Of Christmas Extends Beyond Family

Silken Laumann | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I can feel the shift happening in our family, the shift from it being all about us being together and caring about one another, to Christmas being about caring for others as well. I think this most accurately reflects the true spirit of Christmas, whether we are Christian or not.

For The Man Who Hated Christmas

Giving101 | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Giving101

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas -- oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- overspending...Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

Imagine Spending Christmas Without Family Because You're Gay

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As we speak, there are thousands of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender folks from across the world who are not able to spend Christmas with their families this year. They have been beaten, cursed at and made to feel like they do not belong, leading them to say goodbye to their family and friends.

The Children Christy Clark Forgot

Lizanne Foster | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I'm thinking of the students who wish school was open today. The ones whose only meal each day is the one they get through a school meal program. Premier Christy Clark is probably hoping that we have forgotten about her broken promises. She won't want us to remember what she said about putting "families first" in her last election campaign.

This Christmas, Let's Spend Money On Things That Matter

Jason Najum | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

When was the exact moment that Christmas became synonymous with buying stuff I do not know, but it seems that we've reached a point of gifting no-return. The idea of simply spending Christmas with your family without the obligatory spending and consumption is not even a possibility. If you're an average person living in a Western nation you can be pretty confident that your intended gift-receiver already has everything he or she needs and most likely lives a year where their other superfluous wants are often met.

A Night Of Generosity Taught Me The Joy Of Giving

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I've heard it said that "it's better to give than receive," and I've always joked that that couldn't possibly be true. Yes, I give. I give generously, but I have never experienced such an incredible joy from making someone feel special for a few hours.

How To Survive And Thrive As A Couple This Holiday Season

Sue Nador | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

There is so much hype about the holidays. Unfortunately, our romantic notions are too often dashed and replaced with resentment, exhaustion and financial stress. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of compromise, perspective and goodwill, you can survive and even thrive as a dynamic duo.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

5 Tips To Survive And Thrive During The Holidays

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Before you aim your nosedive directly into the eggnog bowl, or begin firing Ferrero Rocher's into your mouth, keeping a few helpful tips in mind will allow you to remain festive and enjoy the holiday 'cheer' without completely sabotaging your health.

12 Ways To Enjoy The Holidays (When You Are Feeling More Like The Grinch)

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for everybody else. At least that's how it can seem if this season you are dealing with less-than-perfect ...

Lies, Damned Lies And Christmas

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Joshua Ostroff

All year long I tell my son that lying is bad. Not just bad but the worst. And then every December my wife and I lie to him all month long. We do it for him, to preserve his fleeting belief in magic for as long as we can.

Make This Gingerbread Cake To Celebrate Holiday Happiness

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

If you're an avid baker like me and doing a LOT of swirling and mixing this time of year, I understand that it can be stressful. Supermarkets can run out of the necessities you need. But, I assure you that my gingerbread cake is easy to make and assemble. It's also stupendously forgiving.

Holiday Cheer In The Face Of Homophobic Fear

Ron Levy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Prior to the 1970s, house parties were an essential element of the homosexual social scene. Photographs of these private affairs are rare. The few that are available in archival collections memorialize a history of forced seclusion. One of the most tantalizing photographs I've come across in my research of Canadian LGBT history is of a trio of men attending a Christmas party in 1956. Standing in front of a decorated tree, a young man with a then-stylish pompadour delights in opening his gift while another man, who has his arm around him and another gentleman, looks on.

Christmas Is The Same At Heart No Matter Where You Go

World Vision | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
World Vision

Crashing waves, warm sunshine, palm trees lit up with lights and the sound of children laughing as they play soccer in the street. For many Canadians, this may not sound like a typical Christmas scene. But for six years growing up, it was mine.

42 Simple Ways To Spread Some Love This Christmas

Shawna Scafe | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Shawna Scafe

There are people who are alone, cold, sad, unwell, or struggling -- and they are all around us. We can help in simple ways.

How To Survive The Holidays From The Comfort Of Your Couch

World Vision | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
World Vision

The calendar is jammed with events and parties. There are all those presents to buy. While this sounds like fun to the busy-bodies among us, it can be a bit of a nightmare for those who default to lazy-mode. By following my couch potato's guide to surviving the holidays, you can do what I did last year, and binge on Netflix.

Kids Reacting To Their Christmas Presents Are The Ultimate #ParentGoals

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Parents

Disney World!?! WE'RE GOING TO DISNEY WORD?!?

8 Gift Ideas For Every Personality On Your List

Gillian Farber | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

Taking into consideration all of the diverse character traits that make up our boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, or even our stubborn best friend, I've put together a list of gift ideas fit for each unique personality -- for him and her.

This Holiday Season, Don't Be A Fitness A**hole

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

The entire fitness industry decides that the best thing we can do at this time of year is attempt to make your life miserable; by telling you how many stupid things you do, how you don't exercise enough, and how you don't have any willpower. We also tell you that any kind of life enjoyment will make you over fat and probably die.

Kindness Takes Practice. Start Now

Kinnie Starr | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Living
Kinnie Starr

If we break apart the word kindness, at its root is the word kin -- meaning we are all connected. To think of ourselves as connected encourages the idea that we do in fact owe each other kindness, simply because every positive intention can have a similar output in an interconnected world.