Canada Christmas

Six Tips to Get Out There and Enjoy Those Work Social Events

Hannah Jack | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

Listen, the only thing people hate more than a work party is a fucking negative Nancy at a work party. Smile, you little bitch! People like happy people. So be happy, be present, swallow your desire to stab yourself in the eye with a canapé toothpick! It will all be over soon and you can be watching Home Alone 2: Lost in New York in footie pyjamas!

Secrets For a Less Stressful Holiday Season

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

1995 was easily my worst Christmas. I was in my mid-20s, unemployed, living with my mom and in debt after quitting my job to backpack around Europe. ...

'Tis the Season...for Identity Theft

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

It's the most wonderful time of the year -- especially for online scammers. With holiday shopping also comes the downside of scams that are aimed at frugal shoppers trying to stretch their dollars. Contrary to the season of giving, these fraudulent tricks are aimed at taking your identity and financial information, and for scammers to thrive.

Buying Less Stuff Can Actually Make You More Happy

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

Most people who follow these simple steps soon discover they can live on much less. They turn away from consumerism, and lead happier, more focussed lives. They stop being human doings and once again become human beings. Some even discover financial independence. Equally important, their impact on the planet is dramatically reduced. Win, win, win.

Staying Merry in Common Holiday Conundrums

Karen Cleveland | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Isn't it ironic that what's supposed to be the season of giving, reflecting and general do-gooding is tied up in the most stressful expectations for shopping and hosting? It can be enough to make you want to say bah humbug, but please, don't. Here are some common holiday conundrums, and some advice on how to stay merry.

12 DIY Christmas Gifts For Everyone on Your Nice List

Merry Kuchle | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Merry Kuchle

Let's face it, if you buy a gift for every teacher, stylist, garbage collector and dog walker in your life, you would go broke. This year make a few of these DIY gifts to hand out instead. You will save a ton of money and you won't be handing out the 45th coffee gift card or mug.

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season By Looking for Food Clues

Rose Reisman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

This holiday season let's try a different tactic. Be proactive rather than reactive and you won't have to worry come January. Food served at restaurants, events and parties tastes delicious and can hard to resist as it contains excess fat, sugar and sodium, yet the descriptions never sound that unhealthy. Let me be your interpreter! Here are some clues to look for when eating out to decipher those tricky food descriptions.

How to Get the Best Tech Deals on Black Friday

Melanie Raposo | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Living
Melanie Raposo

Black Friday has nothing short of incredible deals on tons of tech like TVs, tablets, audio and more. But before you claim squatting rights in line at your favourite retailer, consider these shopping tips for buying tech during Black Friday.

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!