Category Archives: Christmas

A Hundred Days to Happiness #37: Reviewing your week

Most of us celebrate Friday because it brings a welcomed break from the work of the week. After my son moved to his campus dorm for his first year at UBC, I looked forward to seeing him back home on … Continue reading

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The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself

The epidemic of December isn’t influenza. (That is more likely to come after the holidays when stressed and sleep deprived families and friends gather in small places to share appetizers, meals and – through the synergy of double dipping and … Continue reading

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The Happiest Place on Earth

It was the first Christmas without my mom who had died in April, and we dreaded the grief and longing that would come with what was once the happiest of times for our family. The pain of loss slowly ebbs … Continue reading

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Celebrating Families

On every Boxing Day as far back as I can remember, my maternal aunts, uncles and cousins have gathered not just to celebrate Christmas but also family. This year was the first time my dear Auntie Marj wasn’t there. She … Continue reading

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What Will Be Your Holiday Legacy?

  As children return to school and grown-ups get back to work, many are feeling the post-holiday blues. Suddenly, green and red seem out of season. The magic has faded and warm, fuzzy moments yield to the plain, cold winter. … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Your Christmas

At the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Zuzu Bailey says, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” These days, every time a Christmas song is played, some grownups grit their teeth. Though this is a season … Continue reading

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Happiness, The Real Thing

We seek happiness, and we find it in many places. When I was a kid, I had a Charlie Brown book by Charles Schulz called “Happiness Is.” It was part of a whole series and reminded us of the simple … Continue reading

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