You may watch this video and decide that you want those 3 minutes of your life back. But, if you are like me, you might find it so corny that it is actually hilarious and has you watching it a few times.
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Phil, like most Jewish men, myself included, not very handy with tools. Not very good with manual stuff. Our hands were for playing the violin, ball hockey, golf and tennis. Not for cutting down trees. Luckily, Phil was able to retain some red flannel-shirt wearing, tattooed, woodsman, or woods person, on staff, to cut down Phil's tree and mount it on his Hyundai.
The holidays may be a time to relax and enjoy fine food, but when it comes to the big festive meal, savouring a plate loaded down with turkey, gravy and other favourites can put the human body in a st...
To be a Jew this time of year, to be a Christian at Christmas-time, to be a part of the human race as one-billion citizens of the world celebrate with great gusto and light, the birth of Jesus, requires us to understand the complexities of the season. There are those who are blessed to join their family in a festive meal, and those who are not. There is vast wealth from the Atlantic to the Pacific and there is painful, horrible poverty within those same boundaries. One thing we do know: it is this time of the year that we all hold a mirror to our souls.
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B.C.'s Simon Fraser University held a special Christmas Eve dinner Tuesday for the hundreds of international students who can't be home for the holidays. The potluck Canadian dinner at the ...
The family of a four-year-old Victoria girl, who is fighting leukemia after already beating cancer once, is pleading for stem cell donors around the world to come forward this Christmas. Hannah Day ...
Whether you're curling up on your couch in front of the fireplace or posing with ugly Christmas sweaters with your best friends, chances are, celebrities are doing the same thing. On top of spending...
Tick tock, hubbies of the world. 48 hours remain before Christmas Day. When ye men finally take your hands out of your sweatpants and think, "Hmmm. Guess I should get out and do some shopping." Gee, ya think? Here are a dozen easy, inexpensive ideas to help.
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"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." ~ Helen Keller After coming out of the whirlwind that was the final months o...
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Bad gift-giving, whether material or microbial, should never happen. While there may never be a means to prevent waking up to a disappointing present under the tree, you can minimize the possibility of sharing infection. Hopefully, with these five steps, you can set aside the worry and focus on the spirit of the holiday season.
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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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The Holiday Season is full of wonderful stories and legends, many of which may warm your heart during the coldest part of the year. Jumbled right there in the middle somewhere is a tonne of urban legends and myths that many people still pass along as facts.
Ah, it's the festive season, and that means get-togethers with family and friends — shaking hands, exchanging hugs and kisses, preparing and sharing meals. In other words, as the kids sing in the anim...
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Many of us will come home for the holidays worried about the world we will have to return to in the new year. Dire economic warnings abound. Democracy is being tested across the globe. Insecurity seems to be the only certainty. But Canadians have always found ways to master our fears rather than be mastered by them.
Whether you're a billionaire, a small business owner, a student, or a retiree, I hope that you will make it a New Year's resolution to volunteer in your community. I can promise you that the personal benefits will be at least as great, and probably more long-lasting, than giving up chocolate or joining a gym!
Is there much that is sadder than bringing home a dish from a potluck when it's still three-quarters full? The guests didn't want it, and the host passed on the chance for your leftovers. Potluck dinn...
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Somewhere along the way to inclusion, accommodation and tolerance, it became acceptable for the politically correct, secular, agnostic, atheistic left to demean and denigrate and disrespect those of us who believe in the Bible. East Point Academy is a publicly-funded charter school in South Carolina that runs "Operation Christmas Child" annually, encouraging children to buy gifts for the less fortunate. But the school recently received a letter from the American Humanist Association demanding the project be stopped. The letter called the school's involvement in Operation Christmas Child "unconstitutional.
Having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? Christmas can be very stressful, especially if you are shopping for gifts on a budget, juggling work, an active family and festive social commitments. It so important to manage everyone's expectations, including your own. We've come up with 10 simple luxuries that will help you find your inner Santa, astonish loved ones on your gift list and get you in the holiday mindset with enhanced peace and calm.
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It's important to be mindful when you give. Next time you attend a function where people ask for a donation for charity don't reach for the minute rice or the wax beans that you know you're not going to eat -- reach for your favourite tin of soup, or a jug of real juice or some healthy pasta, and consider how much MORE receiving that kind of generosity will mean to someone who does need the help.
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It just doesn't seem like Christmas without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. The 1965 classic TV special has been seen by millions worldwide and is quite possibly the most famous holiday special of all time. Here's five random facts about everyone's favorite boy named Charlie Brown and his little tree that could.
This month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks released their annual Hunger Report, highlighting the prevalence of food bank use and the need for emergency food services in this province. This past March, 375,789 Ontarians accessed a food bank. As you finish up your holiday shopping, please remember that there are so many Canadians going without this festive season.
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What started out as an artistic outlet to celebrate toy culture has amassed to a cult following around the world. An offshoot of hip hop and youth-oriented pop culture, designer-toys, also known as "art-toys" or "urban vinyl toys," often depict figures from Asian and American culture and have become a telling piece of today's youth culture.
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Who knew the humble Christmas tree could send you into allergenic meltdown? Or that an undusted festive bauble could ruin the party? Yup, it's fair to report that, during the holiday season, Canadians sneeze themselves into high orbit. Don't let your allergies ruin your season of giving; follow our guide to make it to the New Year with minimal sneezing and maximum fun.
When Canadians sit down for their big holiday meal this year, there's a good chance turkey — or some other kind of well-roasted or well-brined fowl — will be at the centre of the gastronomic indu...
What most young people might not catch right away, because their knowledge of history is now only developing, is that our world had at one time, degenerated to such a state...
Are you dreading the holidays? Do you always end up more tired and stressed after? Do you need a holiday from your holiday? Here are 10 tips to survive the holidays.
Festive? Cocktail? Or festive cocktail? The language of party invitations is key to cracking the dress code, well, code. Following are some cues to heed in your choice of attire. And heed away. Here's a guide to help you interpret the holiday party lingo.
A quick Google search will yield a number of lists for the best management books, so let's not waste our time on the undisputed classics. Here are a few recommendations that are a little less obvious.
Hating Christmas songs can make you seem like a Scrooge, but as we become once again bombarded by them, there are a handful of carols that are so bad that all we want for Christmas is to never hear th...
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Looking to give back this holiday season? Good for you! It can be difficult to navigate the many volunteering opportunities that are available in a large city like Vancouver, so we're here to help. Be...
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Despite the plethora of Canadian-made Christmas movies sprinkling the Yuletide floor like pine needles, the "Great Canadian Christmas" movie still seems to be that one item Santa never gets around to delivering. And I mean that on two fronts -- both a great "Christmas" movie, and a Christmas movie that is unapologetically "Canadian."
While the fantasy surrounding Santa can be a magical experience for a child, how to deal with the consequences of explaining "how a man with infinite resources has left you with less than your peers" can become complicated and send out the wrong message about the child's worth if Santa's yearly rewards don't add up to those of their elementary counterparts.