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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 when Sainsbury's, a big supermarket chain, tried to mix war and Christmas, it was accused of making war look too BEAUTIFUL…Read more »

Susan on the Soapbox: The Traditional Christmas Blog

The Soapbox family, like your family, does not live in a Norman Rockwell painting.

Our Christmas traditions run the gamut from Dolly Parton Christmas carols (don’t ask) to an amazing Christmas dinner prepared to perfection by his nibs, Mr Soapbox.

We thought we had all our traditions down pat…and then we discovered Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe.

On Christmas Eve, we had our traditional dinner of pizza & wings, watched “Mini” rearrange the tiles on the Rummykub table to the point where none of us could remember where they went, and then popped The Vinyl Cafe into the CD player.

It (Read more…)

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Merry Christmas!

When we support one another, we are stronger.

When we talk about our experience, we find meaning.

When we reflect on the meaning of our shared experience, we form a movement.

When we realise that we are a movement, we know we are not alone and that we are powerful.

When we feel powerful, we can carry on giving good care.

Merry Christmas to my fellow caregivers, your loved ones and your families!  If you do not celebrate Christmas, have a lovely day today in the company of people you love and remember to care for yourself! Love, Donna, Jim, Nicholas and Natalie

Alberta Diary: Remember the reason for the season: It’s time to put Krampus back into Christmas

Jiggers, look busy, it’s Krampus! And why is this mom giving him the thumbs up, I wonder? Below: Santa Claus, the God of Coca-Cola; Che Guevara; and Jesus Christ.

Never mind Jesus Christ! It’s time to put Krampus back into Christmas.

Who the hell is Krampus, you wonder? Well, we’ll get to that at the appropriate moment.

But first, let’s turn to the question of the Big Guy, the Christ Child Himself, before and after he grew up and, in the historically perceptive words of the great Canadian poet Milton Acorn, donned “thorns and sunstroke, beating his life (Read more…)

centre of the universe: I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

We have come to my childhood home for ExMass. I haven’t been “home” for Christmas since the year before Mum died. Ive been back to the house many times with the boys, but not in winter. not at Christmas. This was always her holiday. We arrived after supper and decorated the tree. I went from […] - Alberta politics: Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël! Feliz Navidad!

TweetWherever you find yourself these this week, I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy your time in the warm company of family and friends. Merry Christmas. As is annual tradition, some of Alberta’s leading politicians delivered their seasonal greetings through online video this week. Tweet

Bill Longstaff: Christmas? I do Xmas

One of the traditions of the holiday season is lamenting about the corruption of Christmas by commercialization or by foreign cultures that have invaded our pristine Christian shores. I have always been amused by these complaints, first because in my family’s tradition, Christianity has never intruded on our celebration and second, Christmas has scrounged most of its traditions from a variety of

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The Lost PowerPoint Slides (Winter Festival Edition)

Thag presents “Less darky!” (circa 11,564 BC) –> Only slide Shortest day in year Less darky after this More light good Pass mammoth rib please! Catullus presents “Saturnalia ho!” (circa 69 BC) –> Slide 6 gifts gambling tomfoolery (masters serve … Continue reading →

A BCer in Toronto: Political Christmas cards, and Scarborough subways subways subways

Before I head to the West Coast tomorrow for Christmas, I thought I’d share a few of the political Christmas cards that — for the last year ever if the Conservatives and Canada Post get their way — the mailman has dropped through the slot of my front door.

The first, and my favourite, is from my local Liberal MPP, Scarborough-Centre’s Brad Duguid. Clearly, he knows what his constituents want for Christmas — subways subways subways.

Sticking with provincial politics, here’s the card from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who poses with her happy extended family. And finally, federal Liberal leader (Read more…) . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Political Christmas cards, and Scarborough subways subways subways

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

Christmas is a stressful time for caregivers.  We buy gifts for our own families, help our loved ones to give, cook our best loved traditional recipes, enable and host holiday social events, all while carrying out our usual caregiving tasks.  We love to give, but we need others to remember our needs, too.

The act of giving thoughtful gifts is potent medicine.  Last Christmas, I wrote a post about the power of giving, especially at Christmas.  My Mom loves to give gifts to her children and grandchildren, but she can’t get out to shop anymore.  This year, my sister (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: Putting the “X” back in Xmas

Xtians began using “Xmas” 500 years ago, since in Greek, X is the “Ch” in Christ

Around the holidays, some people (not to name names or anything) urge modern society to put the “Christ” back in Christmas. There’s much to criticize about the hollow vacuousness of consumer culture, after all. Most of us can buy into the idea of better treasuring time with family and friends; and who’d oppose charity and compassion for the less-fortunate? (Well, apart from that strangest of philosophical tribes, the Objectivists, that is…)

Heck, the leftists among us might even be open to the Christian (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Wow. This guy is a piece of work!

Conservatives. Ah. Some of them never cease to amaze me. Take this guy for example. I guess, as one of those infidel atheists (or I.A’s, as we like to be called) I should thank him? But this is just so damned awkward. He clearly doesn’t quite know what to make of us. Let see… […]

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

I know tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent in the Christian calendar (as well as the first day of December), but I can’t resist posting this today. I confess I’ve been listening to carols for a week now, since the snow blanketed my part of the world winter wonderland white.

Trashy's World: Tony Clement asked to be…

… on the the Harper Christmas card too. But his boss said no (wait for it), one rodent is a enough. Budda-bing! (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Scott Ross: Atheist For Christmas, Christian For St.Paddy’s

Most atheists are as irrational as those who believe in religion. And perhaps even more hypocritical. 

There’s no greater example of this than those vocal opponents of religion who criticize Christmas but in just a few months time celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and other religious holidays with unrivaled enthusiasm.

St.Patrick’s Day is of course associated with celebrating the Irish, but it was created and is still renowned as a day to remember Saint Patrick and the introduction of Christianity to Ireland.

The very same snarky atheists who attack Christmas but partake in St.Paddy’s Day, could argue that

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The Canadian Progressive: To Chief Theresa Spence, From Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan

by Obert Madondo: If it’s a Christmas present, it’s a terrible one. No, an insult. A window into the insidious, hostile and frozen core of political power in Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. Yesterday, Christmas Day, Harper’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan wrote to Chief Spence, whose indefinite hunger strike here in Ottawa has READ MORE

350 or bust: It’s a Wrap

Christmas isn’t quite over yet – here’s Sean Quigley from Winnipeg, drumming and singing his heart out in this video that went viral last Christmas:

350 or bust: God Bless Us, Everyone

Bill Maher’s 2001 Christmas message is just as timely and wise now as it was 11 years ago. For the second year in a row, I will allow Maher, an agnostic who is highly critical of organized religion, to have the last word on Christmas Day here on 350orbust.

Alberta Diary: Putting Christ back in Christmas: maybe Christians themselves need to ‘press reset’

Jesus, centre, separates the sheep from the goats. Don’t ask what happens to the goats. Below: St. Paul and modern Evangelical favourite Ayn Rand.

Today is Christmas, and thus an opportunity for many who think of themselves as adherents of the Christian faith to lecture everyone else sternly about the need to “put Christ back into Christmas.”

This is, after all, His birthday, they remind us – although, actually, it’s almost certainly not, but that doesn’t really matter as Dec. 25 stands in for it at a conveniently miserable time of year when European pagans would otherwise quite

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centre of the universe: Christmas Wish

Dear Santa: While you’re up on the roof and whatnot (incidentally, you want to make sure you hit the southeast chimney; the other two are just for show), would you be so kind as to get rid of the wicked ice dams we have up there? Maybe have the reindeer whizz on them or something? [...]

Art Threat: Happy holidays from Soviet Russia (and us!)

In the spirit of the holidays, we’d like to share with you this lovely collection of Soviet greeting cards. Enjoy! (There’s more where that come from if you check out this link.)

LeDaro: Best Wishes

To all fellow bloggers and visitors of my blog.

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: How the Grinch Got Christmas

A few weeks ago, Nicholas came home to help decorate our Christmas tree.  Nick is never that interested in the ‘girlie’ stuff of decorating, but he was only slightly grinch-like after I gave him a hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows to sip and put on Phil Spector’s “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”.  As we were hanging baubles, I asked my young man if he’d like to take some decorations back to his home to do up his room for the season.  ”No!!!!” was his reply.  I rolled my eyes and made a feeble attempt to convince him otherwise, but it

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350 or bust: Christmas Eve – Sarajevo