Canada Holidays

This Christmas, Give Presence Instead of Presents

Laila Eman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Living
Laila Eman

There tends to be this common constant act, celebrated by many that's troubling me lately...the act of giving gifts. As we get closer to Christmas, I hope you consider a few ideas I've put together for you and loved ones to do this season, to practice staying present and building lasting memories.

Spice Up Your Health This Holiday Season

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.21.2014 | 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.

The Holidays Aren't a Happy Time for Everybody

Arthur Gallant | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

So when you're sitting at the dinner table eating turkey dinner for the tenth time or struggling to find room for all those new presents, consider yourself grateful. Please don't take anything you have for granted. What you consider such a normal part of the holidays are things people like me dream about and yearn for.

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?

Life After the Loss of a Sister

The Reply | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Living
The Reply

After suffering such a significant loss, Carly has learned to cherish what is truly important. She talks about how grateful she is to have people in her life who she knows will always stand by her side, no matter what. "There aren't words to describe how much my family means to me."

Grounded? The Five Best Airport Hotels for Stranded Canadians

Trivago.ca | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

Hotel search trivago.ca analyzed every hotel within two kilometers of Canada's five most notoriously weather-delayed airports, to help grounded travellers stay in the ideal airport hotel during the nightmare of holiday delays.

Passing Down My Family Holiday Baking Traditions

Lesley Anderson | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

For me the holidays are all about family traditions. One of my favourite holiday memories growing up is the warm smell of cookies baking in the oven. Now that I have children and grandchildren of my own, it has become my recipe as well and my daughters are now baking them too, passing the tradition down even further.

Metric Singer Voicing 'Scrappy Anti-Barbie' Goldieblox Cartoon

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Music

Metric lead singer Emily Haines is voicing a "scrappy anti-Barbie protagonist" for feminist toy company Goldiebox's new animated web series, and her b...

Top Canadian Holiday Deal Destinations

Henrik Kjellberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Travel
Henrik Kjellberg

Is it really possible to find a good deal on a holiday getaway? Absolutely! I've put together a list of local cities that are seeing the steepest hotel price drops this holiday season, to help you find the best deals. Whether you're visiting family or taking a well-earned vacation, use this as a guide to find the best deals and deepest savings.

How To Manage Holiday Season Stress With Ease

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

'Tis the season of rush! If you are like most of us, it's still hustle and bustle as you race to the finish line. The end of the year can be a wonderful time but it can also be hectic and stressful. Here are tips to help you manage the year-end season of rush with more ease.

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...

Green for the Holidays

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

These days, filling a large green plastic bag with paper and boxes is virtually unheard of in Canada. Thankfully. There is greater thought and consideration behind the reuse of products and how we can adopt more sustainable practices when celebrating our holiday festivities.

The Story Behind The #VanKiss Mistletoe

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Even though you're surrounded by people, it's easy to feel alone in a big, bustling city like Vancouver — especially around the holidays. Determi...

Sticky situation: A Family Survival Guide for the Holidays

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Probably like most of us, your family is not close to perfect like George Bailey's. It probably is closer to one of the three Modern Family families or the Griswolds. To avoid getting wrapped up in garlands, here's your family survival guide for the holidays.

Pets Posing With Santa Prove How Selfish Humans Can Be

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Living

Children often have a hard time sitting still for Santa, so as you'd probably guess, pets are even worse. Dogs, cats and the other animals we coddl...

Jimmy Fallon's Hanukkah Songs Came In Like A Matzoh Ball

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Music

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 t...

The Top Ten Stylish And Fun Holiday Gifts

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

It is easy to leave holiday shopping to the last minute. With a busy work schedule and social events every second day, it can be tricky to get everything on your list. Here is your guide to the top ten holiday gifts! Shopping will be easy and warm the hearts of those near to you.

Why Must My Culture Take a Backseat to Christmas?

Jason Najum | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

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.

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.

'Tis the Season to Slow Down, Chill Out

Paula Pyne | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

December is a time of slowing down and reflection. Contrary to what's happening where many are scraping up every last ounce of energy to meet end-of-y...

34 Nostalgic Christmas Toys You Can Still Buy This Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living

Wondering what to buy for your kids this year? Why not tap into your own childhood this holiday season? Here are a few ideas for toys you loved whe...

9 Ways to Make It The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Deri Latimer | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Yes, it is that most wonderful time of the year. For many of us it is a time to connect with people we love and care about, and to take time to rest and rejuvenate before a new year begins. Sometimes, it is also a very stressful time of year. There are gifts to buy, cards to mail, and cookies to make -- and those things can take away from the positivity of the season.

Buy This Ethical AND Gorgeous Gift For The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc. is a Canadian company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their belief is to flex their buying power to empower families in countries that are rebuilding. Their fragrances are made in Canada and are created with essential oils from nations that are rebuilding including Haiti, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

This Maple Leaf Just Won Every Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, Ever

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada

The holidays are coming. That means it's time for egg nog, presents and — lord help us — ugly Christmas sweaters. We thought it would take a lo...

Perfect Xmas Gifts For The TV/Movie Nerd In Your Life

HuffPost Canada TV | Annette Bourdeau | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada TV

Shopping for entertainment nerds isn't easy. After all, it's tough to impress someone who's always one (or 10) steps ahead of everyone else when it co...