Alberta Politics: How to put Christ back in Christmas: It starts with Christians pressing ‘Reset’

ILLUSTRATIONS: Santa Claus … not Jesus. Below: Karl Marx (not mentioned in the story) … also not Santa Claus. Jesus Christ (quoted at length) … not Santa Claus either. This is an edited version of a post that first appeared in this space in 2012. With the Right in Alberta working itself into a full-blown ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Double Dose of Christmas

This Christmas was unusual…even for the Soapbox family. Missy* our eldest daughter is a nurse working in Victoria.  She was scheduled to work over Christmas which meant that for the first time ever the Soapbox family was not going to be together on Christmas Day. No problem we said, we’ll reschedule Christmas. So, on Dec ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: O come, o come Emmanuel

Alberta Politics: Merry Christmas to all! Santa is bringing presents for everyone this holiday, regardless of political orientation

PHOTOS: Merry Christmas! Your blogger with a man who can penetrate North American air defences with ease. Russian President Vladimir Putin may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Joke.) Below: Political strategist Stephen Carter with the same blogger; Alberta pollster Janet Brown; Conservative strategist Alan Hallman, who is now associated with Jason Kenney’s Alberta Progressive Conservative ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Es ist ein ros entsprungen

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: In the bleak midwinter

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ding dong merrily on high

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Turkey lunch with the trimmings

I generally have turkey once a year: at Christmas. Which is just about the right amount for me, actually. Especially given that between different dinners and assorted leftovers, I usually have about a year’s worth of turkey over the holiday period. My first turkey of the 2016/17 holiday season came last week for lunch, when ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Liberal caucus don’t call it Christmas party

Last week was the annual office Christmas party. At my last job, each of the managers would bring in dishes they had prepared for an afternoon potluck. However, while I’m sure Marc Garneau’s macaroni & cheese is amazing, the caucus leader’s office opted to have the Liberal caucus holiday party catered by the Shaw Centre. ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping a Loved One to Give at Christmas or Hannukhah

I first posted this in 2013, but since we made the white chocolate bark in our family a few days ago, I thought I would share again. Enjoy baking and giving with your loved one!The last few days, I have been thinking about the privilege of giving.  This is a story that came to mind:I ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Cats and Christmas.

Filed under: Cute Tagged: Cats, Christmas, Cute

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Infant Holy (low brass quintet)

Northern Reflections: Christmas 2015

                                                      http://quotesgram.com/ This is that time of year when we look back on the old year and look ahead to the new one. My sense is that, while the world is in a darker place at the end of this year, Canada’s situation has improved. We have started to return to our vital centre, after ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Santa Baby

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Alberta Politics: Christmas in Wildrose Country: That noise on the roof may not be Santa Claus! It could be the UN, here to steal your turnips!

ILLUSTRATIONS: Will Santa have to come armed and armoured like this to be safe on Alberta rooftops in case the province’s loony right mistakes him for a UN trooper bent on world government and turnip confiscation? Below: Wildrose MLA Rick Strankman and NDP MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas. Below them: A sinister I [HEART] [ALBERTA] [BEETS] bumper ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: My Caregiver Transformer Christmas

I’ve been thinking a lot about how in my family, we plan special family occasions and how we change our plans or even cancel at the last minute.  And I’ve been thinking how typical that is for anyone giving care to a loved one. For example… Tomorrow is my Mom’s birthday.  She’s 93 years young ...

Cowichan Conversations: Mog The Christmas Cat

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Home.

Next Tuesday at noon, our daughter Natalie arrives home for Christmas.  Jim and I will meet her at the airport and then together, we’ll drive around the corner to where Nicholas lives.  I know there will be hugs and tears. Christmas Eve is my mother’s birthday so that day, my sister and I will bring ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Holidays and holy days – and the dross and drivel which confuses and clouds over them

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…Yom Kippur, Hunakkah, Passover… Ramadan: these symbolic expressions of union, communion, gratitude, faith and love – what do they matter? Except that they do. As a naturally reclusive and largely solitary being, I often avoid such communal social gatherings, even though I honour and respect them, and value them deeply. But that is ...

350 or bust: Peace

Christmas in the Trenches, written and performed by John McCutcheon, as Christians around the world contemplate the birth of the Prince of Peace, in a barn. “Each Christmas come since World War II’ve learned its lessons wellThat the ones who call the shots won’t be among the dead and lameAnd on each end of the ...

Scott's DiaTribes: A Christmas charitable act by Liberals in Brantford-Brant – but charity will never be enough

On December 22, I was up in Brantford helping Liberal Party candidate and friend Danielle Takacs and several fellow supporters (9 all together) join many other volunteers collecting Christmas Baskets and pass them out to those less fortunate in the city of Brantford. By less fortunate, I don’t even mean those who were unemployed, though ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Why I’m Not Ready For Christmas – A Personal Update

The lead-up to this Christmas has been out of the ordinary for our family.  Some traditions have been kept: our Christmas tree is up and my freezer is full of baked treats.  Like all seasoned caregivers, I’m used to planning.  I begin my holiday baking on quiet weekends in late October. But I haven’t done ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Most Sad and Disappointing Christmas

Well it finally snowed where I live, as if to remind me that I'm still living in Canada, even in the ghastly darkness of Harperland.The deathly place where the frozen bodies of the hopeless are stacked up like cord wood, or those kayaks.But it's also beginning to look a lot like Christmas… And although I ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Saying Happy Holidays is Acceptable

This time of year we get inundated on Facebook and Twitter with this sort of stupid, offensive warning about saying “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings” instead of Merry Christmas. A couple of these appeared in a few hours just today, and there will be more, no doubt. Sorry, but it’s just xenophobic hogwash; an uncomfortably fundamentalist and ...

Montreal Simon: Can War Be Made to Look Too Beautiful?

It was the most stunning and beautiful tribute to those who died in the First World War I have ever seen. A sea of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, one for every British or Commonwealth soldier killed in that war. But now the poppies are being uprooted. The Christmas lights are going on. And ...