Canada Christmas

It's Time To Stop Black And Orange Day And Let Schools Celebrate Halloween

Buzz Bishop | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada
Buzz Bishop

So when the traditional North American holidays roll around, don't expect me to sanitize them. I don't expect my brother-in-law to dial down Hannukah thinking I'd find it offensive. I don't expect my mayor to skip Eid because I don't celebrate it. I look forward to the Chinese New Year parade and so do my kids. They shouldn't stop it because I'm not Chinese.

As the Sugary Holidays Approach, 5 Ways to Curb Crashing

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Given that this new season is right at our door steps, what steps can we take to curb these potential mood shifts and the seasonal crashes? Our diet has a huge impact on our moods, our energy level, our weight and more. Here is a list of five steps you can take to curb the sugar ups and downs and help with the seasonal mood shifts as well.

Easter Isn't Christmas - Slow Down With the Gifts

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

It wasn't always this way. My oldest was shocked to discover that all Laura Ingalls got for Christmas one year was a rag doll, an orange, a piece of candy and some socks. My daughters' eyes pop out of their heads when their Granny tells them that when she was a little girl, Santa brought an apple, an orange and one toy for each child in her large family.

Make 2014 the Year You Commit to Getting Financially Fit and Healthy

Jane Blaufus | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

This New Year as you make your resolutions, commit to making one that will get you healthy and fit -- financially. While setting personal resolutions have become second nature, the New Year should also be the time each of us sits down with family. Talk about what your financial goals are in 2014 and what you need to have in place to ensure that your family is protected and aware.

WATCH: BatClaus Saves Christmas

Leland Dieno | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Leland Dieno

You may watch this video and decide that you want those 3 minutes of your life back. But, if you are like me, you might find it so corny that it is actually hilarious and has you watching it a few times.

A Christmas Miracle, Kosher Style

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Phil, like most Jewish men, myself included, not very handy with tools. Not very good with manual stuff. Our hands were for playing the violin, ball hockey, golf and tennis. Not for cutting down trees. Luckily, Phil was able to retain some red flannel-shirt wearing, tattooed, woodsman, or woods person, on staff, to cut down Phil's tree and mount it on his Hyundai.

How To Help Your Body Digest That Christmas Meal

CBC | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada

The holidays may be a time to relax and enjoy fine food, but when it comes to the big festive meal, savouring a plate loaded down with turkey, gravy a...

SFU's Christmas Dinner For International Students

CBC | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s Simon Fraser University held a special Christmas Eve dinner Tuesday for the hundreds of international students who can't be home for ...

4-Year-Old With Leukemia Seeks Donor

CBC | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The family of a four-year-old Victoria girl, who is fighting leukemia after already beating cancer once, is pleading for stem cell donors around the w...

30 Celebs Get In The Holiday Mood

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Style

Whether you're curling up on your couch in front of the fireplace or posing with ugly Christmas sweaters with your best friends, chances are, celebrit...

Two Jews Reflect on the Meaning of Christmas in Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Living
Bernie Farber

To be a Jew this time of year, to be a Christian at Christmas-time, to be a part of the human race as one-billion citizens of the world celebrate with great gusto and light, the birth of Jesus, requires us to understand the complexities of the season. There are those who are blessed to join their family in a festive meal, and those who are not. There is vast wealth from the Atlantic to the Pacific and there is painful, horrible poverty within those same boundaries. One thing we do know: it is this time of the year that we all hold a mirror to our souls.

Five Christmas Myths Floating Around This Holiday Season

Ward Anderson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

The Holiday Season is full of wonderful stories and legends, many of which may warm your heart during the coldest part of the year. Jumbled right there in the middle somewhere is a tonne of urban legends and myths that many people still pass along as facts.

Last-Minute Shopping Tips for Clueless Husbands

Vicki Murphy | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Tick tock, hubbies of the world. 48 hours remain before Christmas Day. When ye men finally take your hands out of your sweatpants and think, "Hmmm. Guess I should get out and do some shopping." Gee, ya think? Here are a dozen easy, inexpensive ideas to help.

Peace This Season

Paula Pyne | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." ~ Helen Keller After c...

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Germ-Giving

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Bad gift-giving, whether material or microbial, should never happen. While there may never be a means to prevent waking up to a disappointing present under the tree, you can minimize the possibility of sharing infection. Hopefully, with these five steps, you can set aside the worry and focus on the spirit of the holiday season.

If We Can't Say 'Merry Christmas' in Canada, Multiculturalism Failed

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Christopher Stuart Taylor

I wonder: since when did "Merry Christmas" become a political statement especially in multicultural Canada? Multiculturalism is a complete and utter failure in Canada when it is politically incorrect to say "Merry Christmas" without pausing and wondering if they may or may not be offended?

The Amazing Power of Giving Back

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

Whether you're a billionaire, a small business owner, a student, or a retiree, I hope that you will make it a New Year's resolution to volunteer in your community. I can promise you that the personal benefits will be at least as great, and probably more long-lasting, than giving up chocolate or joining a gym!

Give (and Receive!) Hope for the Holidays

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Akaash Maharaj

Many of us will come home for the holidays worried about the world we will have to return to in the new year. Dire economic warnings abound. Democracy is being tested across the globe. Insecurity seems to be the only certainty. But Canadians have always found ways to master our fears rather than be mastered by them.

People Who Hate Religion Are Hurting Christmas

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

Somewhere along the way to inclusion, accommodation and tolerance, it became acceptable for the politically correct, secular, agnostic, atheistic left to demean and denigrate and disrespect those of us who believe in the Bible. East Point Academy is a publicly-funded charter school in South Carolina that runs "Operation Christmas Child" annually, encouraging children to buy gifts for the less fortunate. But the school recently received a letter from the American Humanist Association demanding the project be stopped. The letter called the school's involvement in Operation Christmas Child "unconstitutional.

10 Easy Ways to Feel More Festive

Anita Saulite | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Anita Saulite

Having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? Christmas can be very stressful, especially if you are shopping for gifts on a budget, juggling work, an active family and festive social commitments. It so important to manage everyone's expectations, including your own. We've come up with 10 simple luxuries that will help you find your inner Santa, astonish loved ones on your gift list and get you in the holiday mindset with enhanced peace and calm.

When You Donate Food, Don't Just Give the Cans You Can't Stomach

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Darlena Cunha

It's important to be mindful when you give. Next time you attend a function where people ask for a donation for charity don't reach for the minute rice or the wax beans that you know you're not going to eat -- reach for your favourite tin of soup, or a jug of real juice or some healthy pasta, and consider how much MORE receiving that kind of generosity will mean to someone who does need the help.

5 Things You Might Not Know About A Charlie Brown Christmas

Ward Anderson | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada TV
Ward Anderson

It just doesn't seem like Christmas without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. The 1965 classic TV special has been seen by millions worldwide and is quite possibly the most famous holiday special of all time. Here's five random facts about everyone's favorite boy named Charlie Brown and his little tree that could.

This Holiday Season, Remember Those Who Go Without

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks released their annual Hunger Report, highlighting the prevalence of food bank use and the need for emergency food services in this province. This past March, 375,789 Ontarians accessed a food bank. As you finish up your holiday shopping, please remember that there are so many Canadians going without this festive season.

The Hunger Games and Church

Bill Haines | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

What most young people might not catch right away, because their knowledge of history is now only developing, is that our world had at one time, degenerated to such a state...

Colin and Justin's Guide to Allergy-Friendly Christmas Decor

Colin & Justin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Who knew the humble Christmas tree could send you into allergenic meltdown? Or that an undusted festive bauble could ruin the party? Yup, it's fair to report that, during the holiday season, Canadians sneeze themselves into high orbit. Don't let your allergies ruin your season of giving; follow our guide to make it to the New Year with minimal sneezing and maximum fun.