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Still mapping out your Thanksgiving menu? Daydreaming of Christmas already? Don't get caught up in the sugar-and-fat laden hype. You can still enjoy your holidays without wreaking havoc on your health. Here are some ways to make this Thanksgiving one your body will thank you for.
Christmas is not a competition, but if it was, this son would take all the prizes. App developer Joe Riquelme surprised his parents by paying off their mortgage for Christmas. Riquelme, who created...
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What do you love about Christmas more, the presents or stuffing yourself with an extra-special dinner? It's a real toss-up for us. One thing is for sure, we love seeing (and taking) photos of food. T...
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I am the Grinch. Yep, that one family member that stole Christmas and ruined it for one and all...or at least that is how some of my family would like to make me out to be. But it's been four years since I made the shocking announcement that I would not be leaving my home on Christmas Day and I refuse to feel guilty about it anymore.
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The irony is that it seems to be some Christians themselves who, in an effort to show respect for non-Christians, often pre-emptively remove "Christmas" from their greetings, events, and public symbols. While the intention is laudable, the effort is largely unnecessary. I appreciate and welcome the deep connection Christians have to the symbols of their holidays.
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When it comes to solving climate change, we have all the technological solutions we need. But as the recent climate talks in Lima reaffirmed, political solutions remain more elusive, largely because of the vastly different perspectives of developed and developing nations. As well, it seems we as individuals have a ways to go, both in thought and action.
Just in time for the gifting season we've rounded up our favourite travel products that are sure to last well beyond the holidays and add a little (or a lot) of luxury to your tripping for the new year ahead. A little something for everyone on your list.
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I'm all lit up right now, and I just have to share. No, it's not about Christmas cocktails (I wish), or standing too close to the outlet that houses the electrical cord on my twinkly little Christmas...
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Find ways to honour those you miss. Look at old photos and tell stories of any loved ones you have lost. Honour the expectations that you may have had for relationships, life and even your vision of the season, as they are a part of our story. Let a lost loved one remain alive in you, and be an active part of your experience.
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It's below freezing, there's no end to the falling white powder and, to boot, slogging through slush isn't your idea of a dream holiday shopping romp. Enter Toronto's acclaimed PATH.
This will be my mother's fifth Christmas since her life-altering injury and a hospitalization that produced a cascade of incidents and a record number of medical errors that left her many times at death's door.
There is many a Christmas song floating around the interwebs, but perhaps none are more in tune with Vancouver than this little jam. Performed by local talent Dan Mangan (along with the adorable child...
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Massive military egos, political conniving, and Western dilly-dallying have resulted in a potent brew. And now has come famine on a vast scale, in what the United Nations has described as perhaps the worst humanitarian disaster of this recent era. Two million people are now on the move, displaced by conflict and lack of resources.
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Nobody wants to be Ebenezer. But during the holidays, when all are merry, and my eyes are watering with the unexplained tears of depression -- which has not left me, but has only fooled those around me -- the oft-repeated, "What's wrong now? You seemed fine yesterday," only serves to make the demons in my head cackle a little louder.
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At Christmas time, Canadians give like at no other time of year. What I don't see enough of at Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other time of year, however, are charities soliciting people to keep their coins, and instead offer real "change."
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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.
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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.
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?
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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."
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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.
Tis the season...The holidays can feel like you're partying like it is your job, and that very well might be true for the next few weeks. Here are the seven tenets of getting through the professional...
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There's nothing like a line from your favourite Christmas song or movie to get the ol' eyes misty. So we've gathered up some touching holiday quotes to celebrate the season. From the timeless text of...
Tis' the season to make a mess. From baking gingerbread men to preparing five-course meals for family and friends, it's all extremely daunting and stressful. With no budget for a live-in maid and an innate dislike of cleaning, I enlisted supermom entrepreneur Kalpana Kundra for advice.
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.
Turtle chocolates are a favourite of many during the holidays. Since December is a time for indulgence, I wanted to try a healthier version of this sweet treat.
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"Let there be light!" It's the third line in the Bible...so I guess it must be important. And perhaps at no time is it more important than right now, particularly in my hometown Montreal, where holida...
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The holidays are filled with social gatherings, family dinners and opportunities to connect and share the joy of the season. But with this festive season also come land mines that are within every family -- all this togetherness can sometimes backfire. So, how do we avoid this meltdown? Here are some tips to assist you in keeping the family peace during the holidays.
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.
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While The Vinyl Cafe's annual holiday show was in Toronto the other day, angry fans of the much loved CBC Radio show were leaving hateful messages on answering machines. While The Vinyl Cafe stage sho...
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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.
My love affair with Cava continues. Pale lemon green with lots of tiny persistent bubbles. The nose is clean and offers green apple, lemon, lemon zest, biscuit, pear. The palate is dry with lively acidity and noted baked bread. The length is medium on a crisp palate cleansing finish. Not overly complex but good quality and the price is right!
While the holiday season is often depicted as a special time of year -- so much so that many people strive to make their holidays "perfect" -- the reality is that the happiness that is widely portrayed can often be a myth for people across Canada, including young people.