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Kids these days sure do follow the news.
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The chance to sit on Saint Nick's lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time ever.
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Santa Claus arrives about an hour before ceremonies are held to honour Canada's war dead.
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From scrumptious, crunchy white chocolate cookies mounded high with berry jam, to fudgy brownie-stuffed chocolate chip cookies that are super easy to make, we've got a festive assortment that will knock the socks off your fireplace!
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The overriding idea behind dressing up as Santa Claus is not to provide children with hopes for gifts; it is to provide them with a vehicle to escape into an imaginative state, where wishes and secrets are tangled together, and a man in a red suit is the only arbitrator qualified to pull the right strings.
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The story of Santa Claus, his elves and the giving of gifts has graced our lives for hundreds of years. It is more than just the story of a jolly old man on a quest to give gifts to every child in the world. It's a lesson about generosity and kindness.
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According to research, the Santa Claus myth is mostly harmless.
The holiday season is fast approaching and one of the ways I've marked its arrival over the years is with the Santa Claus Parade . It's a tradition in our family every year to go and watch the Santa C...
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"Don't have voice envy, beard envy, tummy envy.''"
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"It's one of the largest military community relations events we have."
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All year long I tell my son that lying is bad. Not just bad but the worst. And then every December my wife and I lie to him all month long. We do it for him, to preserve his fleeting belief in magic for as long as we can.
In a press release dated Dec. 18, TransCanada announced that "support for Energy East is growing across Canada." Did I read that right, or is this merely a wish list that TransCanada has sent to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? TC seems to believe that social acceptability is on the rise!
"She would get lost in the sky."
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If this doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit, we don't know what will.
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Ah, that first visit to Santa. Remember how your little one cried and was scared, clinging to you? But you knew that this was temporary. Next year, he/she would be fine with the Santa visit, a rite of passage for most North American children today. But what if your child is not like all the other children?
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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?
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.
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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 has never met.Instead the sailor from San Fernando...
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 the roughly 2.3 billion Christians around the world...
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.
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, the guy moves fast — like I-can-travel-to-832-homes...
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.