Santa Claus

5 Things You Might Not Know About Santa Claus

Ward Anderson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Up on the rooftop, reindeer pause. Out jumps...well, you know who. Whenever Christmas gets close, children of all ages eagerly await the return of Santa Claus. Known by many names all over the world, Father Christmas is one of the most lasting figures in history. He's everything from a mythical father figure to a kick-ass salesman of soft drinks. Here are a few random facts about the jolly old one.

Are You An Aspiring Santa? Think About Santa School

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

As for the money, pay for a Santa job ranges from $20 an hour for a mall Santa to $70 an hour for a corporate event. This is just Brad's first year as a Santa, but I read that some of the more experienced guys are making in the five figures for 6 weeks work. However, as I mentioned earlier, it's not about the money for Brad. It's actually a 'transformative experience' for him.

Dear Santa: Here Is What B.C. Wants For Christmas

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Dear Santa: You probably don't get Christmas letters from an entire province, but this year we hope you'll think of adding B.C. to your magical journey.

If We Can't Say 'Merry Christmas' in Canada, Multiculturalism Failed

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Christopher Stuart Taylor

I wonder: since when did "Merry Christmas" become a political statement especially in multicultural Canada? Multiculturalism is a complete and utter failure in Canada when it is politically incorrect to say "Merry Christmas" without pausing and wondering if they may or may not be offended?

Fox News and a Few Conservative Muslim Leaders are Real Scrooges

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

On December 6, Slate Magazine published an essay by Aisha Harris entitled, "Santa Claus Should Not be A White Man Anymore." In a response that went viral, Megyn Kelly of Fox News said: "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white..." Ironically, Kelly's intolerance, expressed during a season that ought to be filled with giving, love and acceptance, is nothing new. As a Muslim, it reminds me of those conservative Muslim leaders, on the same cold end of the Scrooge barometer as Kelly, who advise us Muslims that we better not wish anyone a Merry Christmas.

Five Things You Might Not Know About A Christmas Story

Ward Anderson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Hard to believe that this Christmas gem, now beloved by millions and routinely topping many people's "Best Christmas Movie" lists, was pretty much overlooked in its initial release. A Christmas Story debuted quietly the weekend before Thanksgiving in 1983. Critics were mixed on it, with many dismissing it as silly family nonsense.

12 Sanity Saving Tips for the Final Shopping Days Before Christmas

Rania Walker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

With the holiday shopping season in full force, my requisite ventures into the sweaty shops of my local malls need to be purposeful, successful and time-saving. I've found a dozen ways to make those long line ups and general holiday hustle and bustle productive, amusing and sanity saving.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Mall Santas

Ward Anderson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

A typical mall Santa will see over 10,000 children in the six week work period that is the Santa Holiday Season. This does not include the people that Santa will see at private parties, of which there are many to keep a Santa running around during the season. In fact, many mall Santas only work part-time at the shopping malls, but make more money with the office parties.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Jewish Santa Claus

Bernie Farber | Posted 02.24.2013 | Canada
Bernie Farber

When I was a child growing up in Ottawa in the 1950s and 60s, ours was one of only a small number of Jewish families in the city. We inescapably got enveloped by the Christmas spirit. I still recall my parents' sardonic smiles the year I came home to announce that I would be playing Joseph in the school pageant. That same year, I decided I would sit on Santa's lap at Frieman's department store. Turns out Santa was none other than Moishe Gorinsky, a Jewish friend of my father's moonlighting that season as a department store Claus. It was a sobering experience for a 9-year-old, to be sure.

LOOK: Where In The World Is This Santa?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Travel

Santa Claus is coming to town, but depending on where you are in the world, he may be packing more than a giant bag of toys and lumps of coal. For...

Santa Visits Sailors

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - All Alexander Geraldizo wants for Christmas this year is to be at home, celebrating a magical day with the one-month-old baby daughter he ...

Santa, Don't Forget About Struggling Seniors

Arlene Adamson | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Living
Arlene Adamson

Santa is a senior. My guess is he never had a defined benefit pension and needs the extra cash. He knows that although Canada has made great strides in eliminating seniors' poverty, too many of our older adults still live a low-income lifestyle, especially in major urban centres where costs of living are high. This Christmas season, I urge you to remember and reach out to the elders in your life.

Unusual Christmas Traditions Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel

He may be fictional, but when it comes to travel, Santa Claus sets the bar pretty high. He may not get out to see the world much, but when he does...

I'll Admit it: I Use Santa to Keep the Kids in Line

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I've been using the power of Santa Claus for a few weeks now, and things are looking good. For maximum effectiveness, the use of Santa and his omnipresence is good for the window directly following Halloween until December 25. During this time, I enjoy the increased attentiveness, dearth of meltdowns and general calm that precedes Christmas day.

Santa Brings Cheer To Toronto (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Living

Crowds gathered to welcome a familiar holiday face back to Toronto at the Santa Claus Parade on Sunday. Photos show parade mainstays like Claus him...

Santa Leaves The North Pole

CBC | Posted 02.23.2012 | Canada

There were plenty of sightings of Santa Claus in the skies above Canada and the United States overnight, with his reindeer-powered sleigh...

Santa Doesn't Exist: Adults Dashing Childhood Fantasies

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada Living

SPOILER ALERT: Don't show this to your kids. Talk about crushing dreams. FOX Chicago news anchor Robin Robinson was under fire earlier this wee...

Santa Claus On Skype

CP | Linda Shearman, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - A Canadian holiday tradition for more than 100 years is coming to an end this year — no, Virginia, the little ones won't be lining up to s...

EXCLUSIVE SANTA SECRETS: How To Get Off The Naughty List!

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 11.18.2011 | Canada Living

Have you been naughty or nice this year? There's really only one man who knows for certain, and he lives in the North Pole, rides a sleigh driven by r...

WATCH: Pepsi Bashes Coke In New Ads

Daniel Tencer | Posted 09.20.2011 | Canada Business

The perennial Coke-versus-Pepsi battle has just become a bit more personal. Pepsi this month released a series of ads humorously targeting icons tradi...