Category Archives: Christmas

Four Ways to Give

  The perfect gift is the one most needed. This season, consider four gifts that we often take for granted. Mobility and Physical Independence Unable to stand or walk without crutches, I’ve been dependent on my family these past two … Continue reading

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Why I Still Believe in Santa

We live in an age of disbelief.  In a season traditionally of reverence and celebration, in recent years some may have found under their Christmas trees, Richard Dawkins’ book,“The God Delusion” and Christopher Hitchens’ “God is Not Great (subtitled “How … Continue reading

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HOW to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Since its debut in 1944, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been a bittersweet favourite of the holiday season. In the movie, Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy Garland sang it to cheer up Maureen O’Brien before the family’s … Continue reading

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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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