Posts Tagged ‘Gifts’

How Consumerism Stole Christmas

In this image: a wrapped present from LUSH.

As a kid, I loved everything about Christmas: annual traditions like baking cookies with my mom, listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album and letter writing. Every year without fail, I would write a letter to Santa and tell him exactly what I wanted. I don’t think he came through even once. But that’s probably because…

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Samantha’s Anti- Wish List

From the slightly weird to the utterly terrifying, my list of items I never want for Christmas. (Adele van Wyk photo)

Rather than write up a ‘worst gifts received’ article post-holidays, I thought I would anticipate the moment and let givers know what they should never bestow in the first place (at least on me). Ranked from somewhat acceptable to I-can’t-even-look-at-it, this is your unabashedly negative guide to the giving season.   #5: Underwear Underwear is a…

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Out with materialism, in with religion

Rather than take the holidays to learn about different cultural festivities, we focus only on the presents. (Adele van Wyk photo)

The seasonal shift from autumn’s crisp leaves and warm apple cider to winter’s tranquil snowy mornings and gingerbread men is underway. The gentle beauty of the snowflake on the window brings with it the dreaded realization that alongside the shift comes an onslaught of conspicuous consumerism. From the red Starbucks cups to the seasonally attired…

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Spread the holiday cheer

The discarded corks from bottles opened that evening. (Jessica Emin photo)

[imagebrowser id=1] Friday night, I attended an evening tasting at Bishop’s Cellar in downtown Halifax. Bishop’s Cellar is a specialty wine store and has lots of knowledgeable staff to help you pick a great bottle. They have tastings at the store every other week, on Friday nights. Tickets can be bought online. The theme of…

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Unconventional Valentine’s Day date ideas

Valentine’s Day is one of those days people either love or hate. I haven’t met too many of the former, and I think that’s because Valentine’s Day has become this big  mess of unrealistic expectations, clichés and aggressive consumerism. And, if you are single, you might as well just house arrest yourself for the day…

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