Holiday Season

5 Hacks For Throwing A New Year's Party At Home

Sari Friedman | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

The countdown is on. But if going out for another extravagant and way-too-expensive New Year's Eve party with a bunch of strangers has lost its appeal or simply isn't your style, there's still time to pull off a fun evening at home.

How To Survive And Thrive As A Couple This Holiday Season

Sue Nador | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

There is so much hype about the holidays. Unfortunately, our romantic notions are too often dashed and replaced with resentment, exhaustion and financial stress. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of compromise, perspective and goodwill, you can survive and even thrive as a dynamic duo.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

12 Ways To Enjoy The Holidays (When You Are Feeling More Like The Grinch)

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for everybody else. At least that's how it can seem if this season you are dealing with less-than-perfect ...

Sweet And Savoury Tea And Food Pairings

Sheena Brady | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sheena Brady

Co-authored with Caitlyn Squires We've all heard about the traditional food and wine pairing and appreciate when a delicious, rich tannic cabernet s...

Holiday Cheer In The Face Of Homophobic Fear

Ron Levy | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Prior to the 1970s, house parties were an essential element of the homosexual social scene. Photographs of these private affairs are rare. The few that are available in archival collections memorialize a history of forced seclusion. One of the most tantalizing photographs I've come across in my research of Canadian LGBT history is of a trio of men attending a Christmas party in 1956. Standing in front of a decorated tree, a young man with a then-stylish pompadour delights in opening his gift while another man, who has his arm around him and another gentleman, looks on.

Share Love, Not Infections This Holiday Season

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

With the holidays approaching, many people tend to slow down and focus on comfort, joy, and closeness with others. We may normally think of cozy situations involving family, food, and festivities. But for many across the globe, this time of the year signifies a different type of bonding in which clothes are optional and the fire comes from deep within.

You're Not Alone If You Feel The Holiday Blues

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

It's supposed to be to most wonderful time of the year. But for many people the holiday season is anything but joyous. Feeling left out when others celebrate and exchange gifts can be devastating and even lead to despair and depression.

No Home For The Holidays

Alex Abramovich | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

The holiday season is truly a magical time of year. It is a time for giving, reflection, and appreciation. Many individuals and organizations come together and show thanks by donating what they can to those in need. Unfortunately, the holidays will not be magical for everyone, especially not for a high proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth who have experienced familial, societal, and institutional rejection. The holidays can be an especially lonely time for many, particularly for those without a safe place to call home.

Boxing Day Budgets: When To Splash Out And When To Save

Sandra Hanna | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

With so many amazing deals, it can be tempting to stock up on items simply because the price is too good to pass up. My golden rule is that if you don't need it, it's not a deal, no matter how good the price.

The Dark Side Of The Holiday Season

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Every year, there are always people who don't look forward to the holiday season. Some have difficult relationships with their family members, some are feeling lonely and isolated and some are financially strapped.

WATCH: How To Make Holiday Latte Art Like A Champ

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living

You'll want to watch how she pulls off the Christmas tree in a cup

This Holiday Season, Don't Be A Fitness A**hole

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

The entire fitness industry decides that the best thing we can do at this time of year is attempt to make your life miserable; by telling you how many stupid things you do, how you don't exercise enough, and how you don't have any willpower. We also tell you that any kind of life enjoyment will make you over fat and probably die.

Searching For Meaning Amid The Holiday Madness

Lori Gard | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Can we truly celebrate Christmas the way it is meant to be celebrated: intentionally, heart-fully, deliberately? Doing so without partaking in everything the season has to offer (complete with all the mayhem and chaos)? Does every moment have to count?

Think Elf On The Shelf Is Only For Kids? Think Again

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Living

Ho! Ho! Ho-ly cow, is that elf watching me at work?

Holiday Gift Ideas For Every Kind Of Host

Sari Friedman | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sari Friedman

Tis' the season of get-togethers. Whether you are invited to a holiday lunch at your in-laws or to a cocktail party with your best friends, nothing says gracious guest quite as well as bringing along the perfect thank-you gift.

Smartphone Apps To Help You Stay On Top Of The Holidays

Karin Campbell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Karin Campbell

The holiday season is upon us, which means keeping track of far more than usual. If you're anything like me, that means juggling everything from shopping lists and holiday party schedules, to budgets and gift wrapping on top of what I've already got going on at both work and home.

How To Keep Your Stress In Check This Holiday Season

Anita Saulite | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

At a time of year where we should be feeling lighthearted, jovial and happy, we are feeling guilty, unhappy and stressed. Keeping our cool this holiday season will require many of us to reflect upon the giving season in a way we have never done before.

Holiday 'No-Nos' You'll Want To Avoid At All Costs

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living

Tis' the season to not mess it up this time...maybe?

Foodborne Illness Is Still A Serious Issue In Canada And Abroad

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Back in 1999, a report suggested the situation could be far worse than believed in countries like the United States. In 2003, a global document concluded foodborne illness is far worse than we may have thought. In that same year, a report in Canada provided a look at only a few pathogens but revealed the situation, while not dire, could be getting worse.

Make The Holidays Happier For A Family With Autism

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

When my son was a toddler, I remember a few events that I declined to attend simply because it was too complicated -- I just didn't have it in me. Looking back at the earlier years, I realize just how little people new about my son and his autism. I think our experience would have been different had others been more aware.

8 Holiday Shipping Mistakes You Don't Want To Make

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Living

Even if you make the deadline, these packaging mistakes will cost you.

Give A Gift That Grows And Glows For The Holidays

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Instead of a single moment, a card can offer joy over several days. It's a technological advancement rooted in an unlikely source, microbes. By using certain species of algae, a card can turn into a message-delivering device to offer joy and excitement throughout the Holiday season.

25 Days of Holiday 2015

Huffingtonpost Canada | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Style

Holiday Calendar 2015: Canada Style 1 ...

Trade In Your Holiday Traditions For Travel

Cheapflights.ca | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Travel
Cheapflights.ca

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?