Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Home for the Holidays?

In this image: someone putting an ornament on a Christmas tree.

Heading back home for winter break can mean a lot of great things: relaxing nights watching cheesy Christmas movies, or fun days making gingerbread houses with your relatives. But that’s not all.  Being back at home for three whole weeks also means getting some tough questions from your parents and relatives. Things can get awkward. You’ll probably…

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Halifax for the holidays

In this image: the Dalhousie International Centre.

A white Christmas isn’t everyone’s dream during the holidays. While many international students enjoy studying in Halifax, it can be challenging to cope without family and friends during the break.  “This time is difficult,” said Oyshee Saha Roy, who is studying for a master’s in computer science at Dalhousie University. “It has been a long…

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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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Nay to Holiday Diets

In this image: a feast.

Holiday dinners vary across cultures and families. One commonality that links us together is the knowledge that delicious feasts aren’t going to be kind to our waistlines.   But should we give a shit?   Every year, bad Lifetime movies and Christmas decorations accompany headlines across the world spreading “tips” for staying trim during the holiday season. Prepackaged snacks to avoid grandma’s baking. Drinking two liters of water so you…

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Orphan Thanksgiving

My first thanksgiving in Halifax was spent hovering around the oven. I was cooking anything and everything to keep my mind occupied; I only had to make it until 6. At 6, I would be with the other “orphans” at CBC’s Pauline Dakin’s house, who kindly offered up her home to host a journalism school…

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All holidays all the time?

Looking at the calendar, it strikes me that our compulsive secular practices of late have begun closing the gaps between holidays. What was once regarded as religious observance of largely Christian and State calendar landmarks has become a calculated integration of respite into our collective consciousness. We all seem quite comfortable with this shift; no…

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The Christmas creep

Don’t cry. Christmas in November is wonderful. (Bryn Karcha photo)

November is the best month of the year. I don’t care what anyone says to the contrary. The leaves have finally changed colour in Halifax, I can wear a coat without worrying whether I’ll sweat to death from the oscillating weather, and—most importantly—it’s holiday time. “But most holidays are in December!” you cry. I hear…

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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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I’ll be [here] for Christmas…

Decorating our Christmas tree last year with some broken ornaments we found in a box on a curb.

  Well, the Parade of Lights has come and passed, which can only mean one thing—bring on the holiday festivities. We may still have bits of Halloween candy stowed away in our drawers and a Remembrance Day poppy still pinned to our coats, but let’s get festive anyway! It’s time for us to face the…

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Winter retreat

Drinking isn’t the only indoor activity available over a Halifax winter. (Adele van Wyk photo)

You’re in Halifax when you wake up and see the extremes of weather outside your window. Do you stay inside buried under blankets watching TV and wishing you could find something to do? Or do you just stick to your homework all day long? Whatever you do, don’t let the weather get you down. Here…

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