Holiday Season

Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 12.20.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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.

This Tax Tip Will Make You a Philanthropist and Stone-Cold Capitalist

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kevin O'Leary

A lot of people love to give to not-for-profits during the holidays, which is great. On the other hand, as a stone-cold capitalist, I'm morally obligated to make the most of every dollar I spend or donate...and lucky for you, Uncle Kevin's here to help you do the same.

This Holiday, Swap Turkey for Tandoori Chicken

Samira Nanda | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Living
Samira Nanda

I'll tell you how to throw a tandoori party, with a handful of spices, meats and skewers sure to add colour, dazzle and spice to the meal. And before you have a panic attack at the thought of using complicated spices, I'm going to assure you that it's really easy.

Tips from a Dietitian: How to Survive the Holiday Season

Lindsay Jang | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

With the holiday season fast approaching, sticking to your health and nutrition goals can feel next to impossible! But believe it or not, you can survive this social season without the burden of those extra pounds come January 1. Here are some tips to help you tackle the common culprits and still enjoy your favorite holiday treats!

What It's Like to Be a Young Food Bank Client

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As a 26-year-old business professional I face very typical problems on a day to day basis, ones that many of you may face. I have to deal with traffic, I have to find parking in downtown Toronto, I have to deal with deadlines. But it wasn't that long ago that any of these trivial issues were not a concern to me as my only burden was finding my next meal. For two years I battled homelessness and my hope was dependant on youth homes and the kindness of strangers.

How to Keep Calm and Christmas On

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Chronically overworked and overtired, we often don't have enough energy left for doing the things we really want, such as spending more quality time alone or with loved ones. It doesn't have to be this way. The holiday season can be a good opportunity to re-examine our priorities.

How to Save Time This Holiday Season

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Living
Professional Organizers in Canada

The holidays are typically filled with pleasant traditions and memories, but staying organized and prepared for all the festivities can be a stressful affair. Why not give yourself some extra time and check off items using an easier approach?

Sticky Situation: Classic Holiday Office Party Etiquette

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Here I go again sharing my annual holiday office party tips. I know that you know the guidelines but, a little refresher never hurts, especially in our global digital era. "What's different than a groovy 60s, or a discoing 70s party?" you ask. There is one big difference.

A Black Friday Deal Is Only Good if it's Something You Need

Anita Saulite | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Business
Anita Saulite

Both sides of the border will be vying for our hard earned money. We are going to have to get smarter and more strategic on how we spend and on what. It's easy to get caught up in the hype, excitement and euphoria of great deals. A deal is only good if it is something you really need.

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...

Explore Your Family History This Holiday Season

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Almost 60 per cent of Canadians will spend this holiday season with at least two generations of their family. With all this time spent together, it's nice to have fun projects to collaborate on. A fun one could be building your family tree and looking in to your past.

These Delicious Holiday Bliss Bites Are So Simple To Make

Carolyn Berry | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

I think that "bliss" is a very appropriate word to describe these treats, as they're chocolatey, fudgy, and full of wholesome ingredients. So wholesome, even, that not only are they considered a treat, but they're the perfect on-the-go snack -- whether you need an energy boost for a workout, or something to get you through those exhausting holiday shopping days.

This Holiday Season, Remember Those Who Go Without

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks released their annual Hunger Report, highlighting the prevalence of food bank use and the need for emergency food services in this province. This past March, 375,789 Ontarians accessed a food bank. As you finish up your holiday shopping, please remember that there are so many Canadians going without this festive season.

This vs. That: What Are the Healthiest Holiday Meats?

Rose Reisman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

The average adult gains between three and five pounds during the holidays and no matter how diligent you are about your New Year's resolutions, not all of that weight gets lost. I looked at the various meats that grace our tables and came up with great alternatives that are as tasty, yet will save you loads of calories and fat and keep you fitting into your favourite jeans!

How to Survive the Holidays With Kids: Top 5 Tips For Parents

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The festive season, not surprisingly, can be one that causes anxiety for many of us who are trying to balance parenting along with all of the other responsibilities. The good news is that there are ways for parents to alleviate the stresses that are a very real part of the holidays. By following the tips below, you can survive the festive season with the kids -- and even enjoy them as well.

How to Throw a Holiday Dinner Party You Can Enjoy

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Parmjit Parmar

With the holiday season fast approaching many are thinking about having friends and family over for a dinner party. What better way to celebrate the season than having a swanky dinner party? With the dinner party in mind, we decided to check in with Toronto's home entertaining maven, Dee Brun, a.k.a., the Cocktail Deeva to solicit her advice on throwing the ultimate party.

The Real Reason People Overeat During the Holidays

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

That many people's waistlines expand during the holiday season is a well-established fact. But, as a new study found, the reason why most of us overindulge at this particular time may not be so much the countless opportunities for extra munching but rather the need for extra comfort due to heightened stress.