Holiday Season

Top 5 Must-Haves For Easy Holiday Hosting

Sarah Baeumler | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Baeumler

The truth is that you don't have to be an expert host to leave a lasting impression on your guests, which is why I'm sharing my must-have entertaining essentials and pro tips to ensure you'll be ready to tackle anything the holidays might throw your way!

How To Navigate The Pitfalls Of Over-Indulging This Holiday Season

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

For many people, weight gain during the holidays is a foregone conclusion. Resolutions to do better this time are largely destined for failure, no matter how seriously they are taken. In the end, the countless temptations offered at office parties and family gatherings prove as irresistible as always, obliterating all good intentions.

5 Natural Ways To Make Your House Smell Great For The Holidays

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

Holiday entertaining isn't about things being perfect. It's about finding time to be with the ones you love. So to help you embrace the chaos of real life we've got tips for how you can transform your home into an aroma-filled holiday oasis in a few easy steps. Now you'll have them so focused on how great your house smells, they won't notice anything else!

How To Get Through The Holidays While Grieving

Rachel Ricketts | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Ricketts

While everyone else throws back rum and eggnog and busies themselves with holiday shopping, those of us in grief are doing our best just to get through the day. Hearing a holiday song, smelling a familiar scent or walking by a decorated store window can be all it takes for us to come undone. So, what can you do? Well, quite a lot. Below are my suggestions for how I plan to get through -- I hope it's of help to you too.

4 Ways To Manage Your Christmas Stress

Collette Gee | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

Managing your Christmas Stress is all about eliminating the things that create emotional, mental or emotions stress. And, when you keep your holiday expectations in check, you are more likely to create a Merry Christmas that ends stress free.

The Best Cinnamon Recipes To Spice Up Your Holidays

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

We like to spice things up a bit...especially during the holiday season. So this year we've decided to bring one of our favourite spices into the spotlight, and we have a feeling that you will be doing the same after you see all of the deliciousness we have in store for you!

Self-Care Keeps Me Healthy (And Sane) Amid The Holiday Chaos

Gillian Farber | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

For many the month is packed with running around shopping malls (like a lunatic), spending money (you don't have) and eating all of the food (all of it). We rarely remember to take care of the most important person in our lives: ourselves.

Celebrate The Holidays With These 10 Drink Recipes

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

We've put together a list of our Top 10 Holiday Drinks that will turn you into the hostess with the most-ess this year as you welcome family and friends. Whether you're hosting a large get-together or a cozy night by the fire, there's something on this list for every occasion that will surely make it extra special and oh-so-delicious!

The Ultimate Edible Holiday Gift List

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

The best part about this gift list is that everything on it is EDIBLE. You heard that right. No need to walk around the mall frantically searching and waiting in lines...all it takes is your awesome self, the kitchen and a few delicious ingredients.

5 Hacks To Avoid Extra Calories This Holiday Season

Jane Dummer | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

It's that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner. So what's the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it's just a couple of pounds? Well, the fact is those pounds can add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in your overall weight.

Psychobiotics Could One Day Relieve Your Stress

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Defining a role for microbes in stress has represented a major shift in the concept of dealing with this intrinsic part of daily life. By using probiotics with mental health benefit -- also known as psychobiotics -- people may be able to alter their stress levels by ingesting a probiotic formula.

4 Cocktails To Impress Your Guests This Holiday Season

Ryan Tessier | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Living
Ryan Tessier

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year when it comes to hosting friends and family. Rather than serving the standard fair of rum & eggnog or wine and beer, unique cocktails bring a flair to the party that will be sure to impress your guests, even if the turkey is slightly overcooked.

It May Be Time To Push Past Those Old Family Holiday Traditions

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

We can be steeped in tradition and obligation and feel overwhelmed by the expectations family holidays can bring. There may be that feeling that someone else is driving what we feel is expected of us during a holiday celebration. Could be family, friends or neighbours.

10 Jewish Holiday Recipes To Enjoy This Fall

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are right around the corner. In light of these fast-approaching festivities, we've got a smorgasbord of tasty recipes that will be sure to satisfy your children, your children's children, your aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins and even your pet whom you sneak a little somethin' to under the table.

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.