Canada Christmas

Son's Life-Changing Christmas Gift To His Parents Will Melt Your Heart

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 12.27.2014 | Canada Living

Christmas is not a competition, but if it was, this son would take all the prizes. App developer Joe Riquelme surprised his parents by paying off ...

LOOK: These Christmas Dinners Were The Perfect Way To End The Day

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 12.25.2014 | Canada Living

What do you love about Christmas more, the presents or stuffing yourself with an extra-special dinner? It's a real toss-up for us. One thing is fo...

I Am No Longer a People Pleaser at Christmas

The Purple Fig | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

I am the Grinch. Yep, that one family member that stole Christmas and ruined it for one and all...or at least that is how some of my family would like to make me out to be. But it's been four years since I made the shocking announcement that I would not be leaving my home on Christmas Day and I refuse to feel guilty about it anymore.

Four Tips on How To Deal With Loss and Grief During the Holidays

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Find ways to honour those you miss. Look at old photos and tell stories of any loved ones you have lost. Honour the expectations that you may have had for relationships, life and even your vision of the season, as they are a part of our story. Let a lost loved one remain alive in you, and be an active part of your experience.

Toronto Knows the PATH to Christmas

Vacay.ca | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

It's below freezing, there's no end to the falling white powder and, to boot, slogging through slush isn't your idea of a dream holiday shopping romp. Enter Toronto's acclaimed PATH.

Our Family's Fifth Christmas Miracle

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Finlay

This will be my mother's fifth Christmas since her life-altering injury and a hospitalization that produced a cascade of incidents and a record number of medical errors that left her many times at death's door.

Dan Mangan Sings The Most Vancouver Christmas Song

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

There is many a Christmas song floating around the interwebs, but perhaps none are more in tune with Vancouver than this little jam. Performed by l...

You Don't Have to Remove Christmas From the Public Square

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Shimon Koffler Fogel

The irony is that it seems to be some Christians themselves who, in an effort to show respect for non-Christians, often pre-emptively remove "Christmas" from their greetings, events, and public symbols. While the intention is laudable, the effort is largely unnecessary. I appreciate and welcome the deep connection Christians have to the symbols of their holidays.

Let's Pause and Consider What Jesus Would Say About Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada
Carl Duivenvoorden

When it comes to solving climate change, we have all the technological solutions we need. But as the recent climate talks in Lima reaffirmed, political solutions remain more elusive, largely because of the vastly different perspectives of developed and developing nations. As well, it seems we as individuals have a ways to go, both in thought and action.

Give the Gift of Travel This Holiday Season

Amanda Blakley | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Travel
Amanda Blakley

Just in time for the gifting season we've rounded up our favourite travel products that are sure to last well beyond the holidays and add a little (or a lot) of luxury to your tripping for the new year ahead. A little something for everyone on your list.

How to Get a Big Bang for Your Charitable Buck

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

I'm all lit up right now, and I just have to share. No, it's not about Christmas cocktails (I wish), or standing too close to the outlet that houses ...

Why Do Charities Ask for Coins Instead of Change?

Joe Gunn | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Joe Gunn

At Christmas time, Canadians give like at no other time of year. What I don't see enough of at Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other time of year, however, are charities soliciting people to keep their coins, and instead offer real "change."

This Season, South Sudan Will Celebrate the Opposite of Christmas

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Massive military egos, political conniving, and Western dilly-dallying have resulted in a potent brew. And now has come famine on a vast scale, in what the United Nations has described as perhaps the worst humanitarian disaster of this recent era. Two million people are now on the move, displaced by conflict and lack of resources.

Being Excited About Christmas Doesn't Mean My Depression's Cured

Sandra Charron | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Nobody wants to be Ebenezer. But during the holidays, when all are merry, and my eyes are watering with the unexplained tears of depression -- which has not left me, but has only fooled those around me -- the oft-repeated, "What's wrong now? You seemed fine yesterday," only serves to make the demons in my head cackle a little louder.

This Christmas, Give Presence Instead of Presents

Laila Eman | Posted 02.20.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.15.2015 | 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 02.15.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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...