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The holiday season is a time that reminds us about the important things in life, like spending time with our loved ones, helping people and spreading that holiday cheer. Frank is Jewish, and I am Catholic, so growing up we had our own customs and traditions.
Going through cancer treatment during the holidays can completely change your perspective during what should be one of the happiest times of the year. Patients and families struggle with how they can celebrate when they or someone close to them is coping with cancer.
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It sounds like a pretend holiday. But what's real is that it helps our interfaith family celebrate ritual, tradition, family and, yes, many presents.
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Hanukkah kicks off on December 24th and so begins the 8-day Jewish festival of lights (and donuts and chocolate and fried potatoes). Our favourite part of Hanukkah celebrations is all the delicious food and fun you get to enjoy. To help you get in the spirit, we've got 5 fun food and drink recipes that are sure to transform the Oy to Joy this Hanukkah!
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Joanne's health deteriorated significantly but her mettle remained strong. She so wanted to celebrate her last Hanukkah with Jack and the family. However as she entered the palliative care unit at Credit Valley Hospital we feared this would not be.
There's nothing better during the holiday season than family, friends and food. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 6th. As oil is important to the story of Hanukkah, many of the traditional foods used in the celebration are fried. But not all Hanukkah treats have to be oil-laden and full of fat.
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There's even a "healthy" latke recipe (it does exist!).
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All of it comes with a price tag, no matter which holiday you're celebrating. Have you ever stopped to think about what else all that seasonal spending can get you? Perhaps a closer look at your budget could be the key to a different type of holiday cheer. After all, if Santa gets to travel around the world for Christmas, why can't you?
With the holidays a few weeks away the yearly "what am I going to do with all those gifts" anxiety is settling in.
Whether it's for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah or for a fun idea when entertaining over the holidays, you have to try my idea of a potato rosti bar!
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Hanukkah begins today, and a San Francisco-based artist is marking the Jewish holiday with "Dr. Dreidel," a new toy that fuses hip hop and Judaism. Hannah Rothstein's dreidel is just like any other —...
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When it comes to symbols of Hanukkah, the dreidel gives the menorah some stark competition — and not just because it's part of a gambling game. After all, the menorah (which is technically called a "h...
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Tuesday is the first night of Hanukkah, and the airwaves are filled with Christmas carols. This is at least in part due to the lack of good Hanukkah tunes -- though interestingly, many of our Christma...
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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.
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As Hanukkah, the "Festival of Lights," approaches on Dec. 16, we think it's an apt time to celebrate the holiday's other, little-known name: the Festival of Oil. Thanks to its focus on keeping candles...
While for many the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, for others, they are dreading the oncoming festivities because they may mark the 1st, 5th or 50th season without a loved one. No matter what denomination they are or what holiday they celebrate, there is one common factor that binds all of them together: someone they loved is gone.
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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.
When is Hanukkah happening this year? From the evening of Dec. 16 to 24, 2014. What is celebrated during Hanukkah? It's a Jewish festival that celebrates the victory of light over darkness and Judea...
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Latkes (potato pancakes) are the most traditional foods eaten at Hanukkah. Usually latkes, are so high in fat and calories due to the excess oil. Here's my take on a Three Root Vegetable Latke that's baked and served with either light sour cream or apple sauce.
As the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah approaches at sundown on November 27, 2013, there will be people — both Jewish and not — suddenly finding themselves with a craving for latkes. Those fried potato pan...
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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - When life gives you Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, make a menurkey. Or a turkel.That's what students at suburban Detroit's Hillel Day School are doing — creating paper-and-paint m...
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UPDATE: In 2014, Hanukkah begins the evening of December 16, and ends on the 24th. Hanukkah might not have the high profile of Christmas, but that doesn't mean that those who celebrate the holiday hav...
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This year Hanukkah is starts in the month of November — sundown on November 27, to be exact — rather than coordinating with Christmastime, as is usually expected. But as far as holidays go, Hanukkah c...
If you're looking to save some money this holiday season, did you know that there are some great deals to be found at the Dollar Store? Although some items on this list may not be found at your particular Dollar Store, many of them will be! Save dollars at a time when you shop the items from this list!
Headed to a Hanukkah dinner this weekend? You're not alone. Starting Saturday, Dec. 8 and ending Sunday, Dec. 16, millions of people will be gathering in homes across North America to celebrate the Fe...
I admit that I'm a hard-to-buy-for Mama, usually offering few suggestions of what I'd like for the holidays. But ask me what I want for the kids, I can instantly rhyme off gifts for my entire brood. This is often the case with us Mamas who put our families first, and ourselves last. So I've decided to make a wish list for the Holidays, and cease being the difficult one this year.
For probably no reason beyond proximity on the calendar, Hanukkah and Christmas tend to get lumped together. Traditionally, the holidays actually have little in common.But one shared tradition — and o...
Forget the "merry Christmas" vs. "happy holidays" debacle -- now that Hanukkah is officially starting, the new issue is how to transliterate the Hebrew word into an English one. The various options --...
Leftovers camps can be divided rather neatly into two sections: people who will gnaw at the bone for days to come, and those who can't wait to dump everything into the garbage. This year, we've decid...
By: Laura-Beth Cotter Picture this scenario: you are going for a bite to eat with your loved one. After you primp your hair and throw on a fabulous outfit, you look over to see your man dressed in the...
For those who have harmonious relationships with our families, the idea of sitting around the dinner table for a holiday meal brings up feelings of excitement and anticipation -- you know, that warm f...
Teenagers want to do, well, everything, but they can't -- 'cause they're still teens. They do, however, have a ton of time on their hands. That's why video games make the perfect gift for the teen on...