What kind of legacy are you leaving in your wake?

The message of It’s a Wonderful Life rings true because it speaks of powerful universal truths that will never change

What kind of legacy are you leaving in your wake?Celebrated American filmmaker Steven Spielberg said, “It’s a Wonderful Life shows that every human being on this Earth matters – and that’s a very powerful message.” Released in December 1946 (the same month Spielberg was born) and set in the first half of the 20th century, this film has been a Christmas favourite for generations.…

How Santa knew if you were naughty or nice

There are plenty of factors at play, but it’s clear that Santa understands human response and has more than a little science on his side

How Santa knew if you were naughty or niceHave you ever wondered how Santa Claus determined whether to leave you a present or a lump of coal on Christmas? How he knew if you’ve been naughty or nice? I don’t have any hard evidence to back me up, but I’m pretty sure that he must be a first-class lie detector. If so, here…

Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century Alberta

Christmas was more primitive in the 18th  and mid-19th century, but it was still Christmas – joy and fellowship were, and are, its primary expression

Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century AlbertaTurn the clock back to the late 18th century and mid-19th century Alberta, and chances are you’d be eating fish, beavertail, and stewed moose rather than roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham for Christmas dinner. Instead of rockin’ to tunes emanating from audio systems and iPods, you’re more likely to be dancing the jig to the sounds of…

Preparing for another Christmas at Skelhp

There are lights to hang, cleanup work to be done inside and out, kindling to split, a turkey to order and a final round of gifts to buy

Preparing for another Christmas at SkelhpIt’s very calm this morning and still a dark grey overcast at 7 a.m. The offshore islands are shrouded in mist. There’s no sign of human habitation right across the southern horizon. No rising plumes of chimney smoke are visible. No boats or tugs and booms are passing. And it’s cold in the house. Time…

‘Bah humbug!‘ to business owners who act like Scrooge

We don’t appreciate enough what our business creates in the community through wages, jobs and donations

‘Bah humbug!‘ to business owners who act like ScroogeHave you ever felt like Scrooge? I have. I went to the local production of The Christmas Carol and was thoroughly impressed. Often with great acting, the characters remind me of people who I’ve come into contact with. This was no different. The script is set in the 1800s but could have easily taken place…

There’s a place for religion in common and public life

At a time of heightened social divisions and isolation, not to mention divisive politics, religious illiteracy is costly

There’s a place for religion in common and public lifeChristmas often brings out the best in Canadians. We dig into our pockets for charity a little more. We volunteer more. And we make more time for friends and family than at other times of the year. But the holiday sometimes brings out our weirder side, too – especially when it comes to Canadian hang-ups…

My Christmas wish list

I’m hoping political correctness hasn’t reached the North Pole and Santa has been keeping watch over what’s been happening in Western Canada

My Christmas wish list“’Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck. How to live in a world that’s politically correct? His workers no longer would answer to ‘Elves’, ‘Vertically Challenged’ they were calling themselves. Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety, Released to the wilds by the Humane Society. [emember_protected for="2" custom_msg='For more on this story, please…

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this year

The fundraising allows Army units in 400 communities help Canadians with the basic necessities of life

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign $5 million behind goal this yearThe Salvation Army is sounding the alarm bell. With only five days until Christmas, the Army’s annual Kettle Campaign is $5.3 million behind its $21-million fundraising goal for this year across Canada. “We rely heavily on our Kettle Campaign to fund our community and social service programs,” said Lt.-Col. John Murray, secretary for communications for…

Enjoying the beauty of Christmas lights

Across traditions and time, there has been a longing for light to brighten the darkness of winter

Enjoying the beauty of Christmas lightsI had a striking visual of light in darkness early one morning this week. A bright light, probably the planet Venus, shone with extraordinary clarity and pierced an otherwise black sky. Given my Christian faith and the time of year – less than a week until Christmas – my thoughts turned to the legendary Star of…

Cool gadget gifts for the holiday season

Budget-friendly picks for the outdoors enthusiast, music lover, Apple Watch user and preschooler

Cool gadget gifts for the holiday seasonSelecting a holiday gift from the latest gadgets and tech-infused offerings can be daunting and time-consuming. So here are a few budget-friendly picks for the outdoors enthusiast, music lover, Apple Watch users and preschoolers. Safe drinking water anywhere A gift for the outdoors type or anyone who likes to be prepared in case of emergency…
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