Christmas

A Christmas Miracle, Kosher Style

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.
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Two Jews Reflect on the Meaning of Christmas in Canada

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.

Peace This Season

"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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5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Germ-Giving

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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Give (and Receive!) Hope for the Holidays

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.
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People Who Hate Religion Are Hurting Christmas

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.
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10 Easy Ways to Feel More Festive

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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When You Donate Food, Don't Just Give the Cans You Can't Stomach

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.

Buy a Vinyl Toy for the Holidays

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.

The Hunger Games and Church

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...