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Despite it not being "my" holiday, I've always enjoyed Christmas, or at least the "spirit" of it. But in December of 2014 -- much like this year -- I was having a really hard time getting into it.
Christmas markets may have originated in Germany, but you don't have to travel to Nuremberg or Munich to enjoy the festive sights, sounds, and smells of a true holiday market. As soon as December is seen on the horizon, markets and bazaars begin to pop up across the Great White North's favorite cities and small towns.
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The countdown is on -- Christmas is just around the corner. And we all know the key to stress-free entertaining is being prepared. There's nothing like leaving things to the last minute to throw you into a festive frenzy! So if you haven't decided what you are serving up for you holiday dinner, we can help.
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It's that time of year again where the stores are packed with people, mall parking lots are difficult to navigate and the stress of finding the right gift for the right person is upon us. I'm the type...
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Ah, holy hell. It's holiday gift giving time. And if you're a slacker like me, that means a last minute rush. As if having to roast an overstuffed bloated bird while squabbling children run underfoot...
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Even the most enthusiastic shopaholic dreads this time of the year.
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Three things retail stores need to do to remain relevant in a world of online shopping. From the AOL Partner Studio
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Instead of drawing a forgone conclusion that you'll spend hundreds to thousands of dollars just because it's the holidays -- let's find another way. No one likes the impending debt emergency in the new year. To avoid spending beyond your means, now is the perfect time to get your financial house in order and save for the holidays.
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.
Most Canadians will be spending some time over the next few days elbowing their way through crowded stores.
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Pay attention to product details. Photos are a great starting point, but be sure to read about the material, measurements, model number, etc. to ensure you really have a full picture of the product.
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Only do the traditional holiday stuff you enjoy doing. If cooking a Christmas feast makes you miserable, your family will be thrilled with frozen pizza. Make the Christmas of 2015 about who we are instead of what we do, buy or cook.
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Which colours are on trend? Deep, rich shades of berry, evergreen, cobalt and silver and gold (of course) add luxe to even the easiest of pieces.These colours look fresh and unexpected when paired back to something lighter and brighter.
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CPA Canada released a Summer Spending Followup Survey, which revealed that 42 per cent of those surveyed were essentially on-budget this past summer. What does this have to do with holiday spending? Quite a bit, actually. Those who fared better followed a few basic principles we might all want to remember.
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Mall Christmas shopping in December is the 8th circle of hell. It is my absolute least favourite thing to do in the history of ever. I always swear I will do it differently each year and ultimately end up doing it all over again just like last year.
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Maybe they're on to something?
Canada’s struggling economy will put a damper on holiday shopping this year, forcing retailers into a “drawn out, margin-squeezing, profit-shaking competitive battle,” a prominent retail analyst says....
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TORONTO — Christmas is still months away but 'tis already the season for several retailers stocking holiday merchandise — a move that is surprising and rankling some consumers. Leonard Cloutier recent...
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The pressure builds as everyone rushes around buying too much stuff that we know we don't really need before the Big Day. Here's how to realign your financial situation with a five-step holistic or 360 degree approach that takes into account every part of your life.
It's true that most governments in developing countries provide education for children. And there's no doubt that millions of children overseas are intelligent, hard-working and yearning to succeed. But let's consider the many challenges which children in the world's poorest regions face when trying to attend school.
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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. Although technology has the ability to connect us...
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.
When looking for the perfect Christmas gift, there is one place we always turn to: Etsy. The online store is a veritable treasure trove for neat handmade gifts that you definitely won't find at your l...
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It's December, so stop slacking and start thinking about holiday gifts! Have you got someone on your list who is trying to get healthier this year? I've got you covered with my list of food and nutrition gifts so you can get your shopping done quickly and make everyone happy on Christmas morning.
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It's December, meaning that shopping malls are starting to fill up with panicked Christmas shoppers who need to cross off all the people on their list before they can get the hell outta dodge. Because...
When it comes to Christmas shopping, things can no doubt get a little stressful. Every year, your list seems to get longer and longer, and no matter what you tell yourself, you'll always wait until th...
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There will be no rest for retailers this holiday season; they’re locked in a high stakes battle for our bucks in a hyper-competitive marketplace where some chains are fighting for survival. “Christma...
Black Friday has nothing short of incredible deals on tons of tech like TVs, tablets, audio and more. But before you claim squatting rights in line at your favourite retailer, consider these shopping tips for buying tech during Black Friday.
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TORONTO - Canadian consumers have been shopping online more frequently this year and plan to hit the web for more of their gift buying this December, suggests a recent survey.According to an online po...
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.
The holiday season is upon us, and that means it's time to shop, shop, shop! Whether you're looking for something special for a partner, a parent, or a pal, we've got you covered—B.C. style. That's ri...