Holiday Season

Holiday Survival Tips For Sensory Sensitive Children

Julie M Green | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Take my little man, for instance. If the mere sound of nail clippers is 'painful' to him, you can imagine how torturous Christmas is. Before he was diagnosed with autism, we spent the better part of a gathering holed up in a bedroom away from the very family we were there to visit.

Black Friday 101: When To Spend And How To Save

Sandra Hanna | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

A recent survey reveals that while 65 per cent of Canadians think Black Friday is a great way to score a deal, only 28 per cent plan to shop that day.

Kindness Is The Best Gift This Holiday Season

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

It is my hope that the gift of giving back is something we're going to see a lot of this holiday season. From sponsoring an immigrant family escaping a war-torn nation to lending a helping hand at a local soup kitchen, there's always a way to give back.

Some Sweet Inspiration For Your Holiday Home Decor

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Style
Tiffany Leigh

Leading décor and lifestyle maven Janette Ewen believes that you and I can craft a holiday-worthy home. While I appreciate her optimism, I'm uncertain about my skill set in this department -- but -- when an abundance of decadent chocolate is involved, hesitancy dissolves.

Save The Environment, Chop Down A Real Christmas Tree

Michael Rosen | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Michael Rosen

As the president of Tree Canada, an organization that's helped plant more than 80 million trees over the past 20 years, you might expect an argument against cutting down a "live tree," but make no mistake -- you are helping both the environment and the community you live in when you choose a real tree.

Why I Hate Christmas Shopping

Alison Tedford | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Mall Christmas shopping in December is the 8th circle of hell. It is my absolute least favourite thing to do in the history of ever. I always swear I will do it differently each year and ultimately end up doing it all over again just like last year.

Discover Canada's Small Charities This Giving Season

Marina Glogovac | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Marina Glogovac

Twenty-four per cent of our donations go to small charities that make up 80 per cent of the sector. I personally was not aware of the vital work they do until my family needed the services of one. They provided services that a larger charity -- which often focuses on bigger picture work -- couldn't provide.

3 Holiday Marketing Trends to Watch This Season

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada
Sharon Vinderine

Tested Parent Approved and anticipate what the following year will bring. As the seasons change, so does the way we shop for new products, market our businesses and spend time online, so I wanted to take a few minutes to keep your eyes focused on the holiday marketing trends that will shape your business this holiday season.

Thanks for the Long Line-Ups at the Advance Polls

Susan Eng | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

Did you vote? Did you watch the game? Did you have a good Thanksgiving dinner? In that order. More than any other holiday, this weekend crossed all the lines -- whether cultural, religious, political interest or sports fanaticism.

A Thanksgiving Journal

Shawna Scafe | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Living
Shawna Scafe

It is a simple notebook I picked up from the local dollarstore-slash-bakery that our small town relies on for local crafting supplies. And donuts....baked fresh each Wednesday. The first year I brought the empty book to the Thanksgiving table it was met with a little hesitation.

How to Throw the Ultimate Friendsgiving

Jill Owen | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jill Owen

Whether it's as an expat abroad or just one province over, those of us living away from home can't always make the trek back for Thanksgiving. This usually results in a healthy dose of FOMO for the holiday festivities back home, but not to fear -- friendsgiving is here!

How to Make Your Home Festive for Thanksgiving

Sari Friedman | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Decorating your home for Thanksgiving is really about creating an environment that embodies all things warm and inviting and it's the little details that make a big impact. Here are five tips on how to cost-effectively get the look you want this holiday season.

20 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Be kind to yourself as you grow, fail and succeed. There is no health in beating yourself up and setting yourself up for failure. Success often comes in packages we did not expect, so be open to things looking a bit different than you expected. Keep moving towards the things that you love and make you feel alive, and that path will lead you towards true change and growth.

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.

Quick Fertility Tips for the Holiday Season

Dr. Sonya Kashyap | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Sonya Kashyap

For those who are trying to conceive, especially single women who may be trying to decide between becoming a single parent or choosing egg freezing, the holidays can be a tough time as it brings into focus family and resolutions for the future. Instead of focusing on your worries, think about the positives.

Spice Up Your Health This Holiday Season

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As the Spice Girls proclaim, spicing up your food can definitely spice up your life and offer joy both emotionally and physiologically. Whether you choose the bitterness of garlic, the sweetness of cinnamon or the umami and heat of a kimchi, you can ensure the time is filled with joy rather than pain.

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?

Things We Love About Christmas That Have Nothing To Do With Christmas

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Living

So many of the things we associate with Christmas have other origins. For example, while modern Christmas trees originated in Germany during the Renai...

Unplug and Embrace the Joy of Spending Time Together During the Holidays

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada
Sharon Vinderine

With all of today's digital distractions, it's hard not reach for our devices to scroll through our newsfeed and check the latest update on Facebook...

10 Tips To Avoid the Family Holiday Meltdown

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The holidays are filled with social gatherings, family dinners and opportunities to connect and share the joy of the season. But with this festive season also come land mines that are within every family -- all this togetherness can sometimes backfire. So, how do we avoid this meltdown? Here are some tips to assist you in keeping the family peace during the holidays.

Have a Holly, Jolly and Budget-Friendly Holiday

Hana Shafi | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Business
Hana Shafi

The Christmas fervour of shopping malls and Dundas Square is partly a good thing. It creates a sense of community and happiness. And it's a way to brighten up the cold, overcast dullness of winter. But people really do need to control their spending and remember that they are not the Great Gatsby.

15 Tips for Managing a Divorce Over Christmas

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Children may worry they are being disloyal if they start to have too much fun with one parent. They also worry about the parent that they are not with, wondering if that parent is okay. Sometimes they just deeply miss the parent they are not with. The familiar traditions may be gone and this can leave the children feeling as though something or someone is missing.

How to Help Your Kids Relax this December

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

While the holiday season is often depicted as a special time of year -- so much so that many people strive to make their holidays "perfect" -- the reality is that the happiness that is widely portrayed can often be a myth for people across Canada, including young people.

This Holiday, Treat Yourself to Alcohol (-Based Sanitizer)

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

December is now in full swing as are all the activities related to the holiday season. From shopping, to parties, to those getaways to escape the cold, Canadians are moving and mingling. Sadly, this time also marks an upwards shift in the number of respiratory infections.

Three No-Nos For Your Holiday Business Party

Sue Nador | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I'm all for flirting and having fun at a business event. But there is a difference between playful flirting that builds rapport and predatory flirting that crosses the line of professional conduct. Let's all have some fun while keeping in mind that our professional reputations are as fragile as those beautiful ornaments on the Christmas tree.