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Special Events Around Town To De Dec. 16 – The Belfry Theatre presents prese A Christmas Carol, adapted and ddirected by artistic director Michael Shama and starring Tom McBeath as one Shamata lite of literature’s most enduring characters, Ebene Scrooge. Ebenezer Frida to Sunday until Dec. Friday 23 – Father Christmas, a Victorian Experience is at the Royal BC Exper Museum Muse , 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Share holiday holida wishes and have a photo taken in this special setting. Included with admission or membership. Extra fee for admis photos. photo Through December – Christmas Thro Craigdarroch Castle Historic House at Cra Museum. Muse FMI: www.thecastle.ca Through December – Christmas Thro in the Jungle at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, specially decorated for the Garde season seaso and offering evening tours at 5 and 6 p.m p.m. Ja 1 – Canada’s National To Jan. Gingerbread Showcase, 10 a.m. to 6 Ginge p.m. aat the Inn at Laurel Point. Feast your eyes aand nose on creative inspirations constructed from gingerbread. Vote for constr your ffavourite and make a donation to Habitat Habita for Humanity Victoria. To Jan. Ja 2 – Lights & Animation in Centennial Square. Enjoy a magical Cente display displa of lights and interactive animation along the back wall of the McPherson Theatre. Theat Interact through your smart phone with a special story that will delight and captivate. captiv At the other end of Centennial Square, Squar see if you can find a special tree with llights that move and change with sounds. sound To Jan. Ja 3 – The 12th annual Bear Wear continues at the Hotel Grand Pacific as a fundraiser for Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. Vote Found for yo your favourite bear, dressed by local businesses and individuals ($2 suggested busine donation). donat To Jan. Ja 6 – Magic of Christmas at the Butchart Butch Gardens. Beautiful decorations, nightly nightl entertainment and the ever-popular Twelv Days of Christmas displays tucked Twelve away about the Gardens.

To Jan. 7 – Christmas in Old Town at the Royal BC Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The sights and sounds of Christmas long ago, including a 4.5 metre Christmas tree, festive garlands and oldtime shops with their seasonal finery. To Jan. 8 – Christmas Small Works Show and Sale at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s historic Massey Gallery, featuring works by many of Vancouver Island’s finest artists at prices ranging from $100 to $150. FMI: aggv.ca

appreciated. Bring a lawn chair and extra blankets, the hotel will supply heaters! FMI: 250-360-2999. Dec. 13 to 15 – Christmas Trolley Tour in Langford, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. Tours begin and end at City Centre Park. Tour participation by donation. FMI: 250391-1738 or www.citycentrepark.ca Dec. 14 to 31, select dates – Ghosts of Christmas Past with Discover the Past tours, 7:30 p.m. This 90-minute variation on the popular Ghostly Walks focuses on

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Join in the third annual Figgy Pudding carolling in Bastion Square Dec. 15.

Dec. 12 & 16 – History of Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tour, 2 p.m. Meets in Bastion Square, outside the Maritime Museum. This 90-minute walking tour takes place in Old Town, where Christmas traditions and colourful stories abound. Tickets: $14/adults; $12/students & seniors. FMI: www.discoverthepast.com Dec. 12 – Naden Band Christmas Concert at the Royal Theatre. Tickets: $10/adults, $7/seniors & students, plus an unwrapped toy at the door. FMI: www. rmts.bc.ca Dec. 12 – Christmas Starlight Cinema. Enjoy Christmas movies under the stars at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, Home Alone, 6 p.m. Movies are free but donations to Santas Anonymous

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holiday ghost stories and the supernatural at Christmas in Victoria. Meet at the Visitor Centre (Government & Wharf). Tickets: $14/adults; $12/students & seniors. FMI: www.discoverthepast.com Dec. 14 – Second annual Stuff the Stocking for Respitality, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Cridge Seniors’ Centre’s Grand Lounge. Enjoy a cup of cheer, festive breakfast treats, and the sounds of beautiful Christmas music – and offer your financial support to support The Cridge Respitality Service. Dec. 14 – C-FAX Santas Anonymous Miracle on Broad, a 12-hour radiothon in support of the Christmas Hamper program. FMI: www.cfaxsantas.com Dec. 14 – Cookeilidh – Celtic Yuletide, 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s Academy

National Historic Site. Tickets $16 from McPherson Box office. FMI: 250-386-6121 Dec. 14 to 16 – Christmas Dinner Theatre at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, featuring Stan Davis and Friends’ Harmony for Christmas, a mirthful musical comedy abounding with hilarious Yuletide yarns, warm sentiments and a delightful array of original and familiar holiday songs. Enjoy a three-course festive dinner in Christmasadorned David Foster Foundation Theatre. FMI: 1-800-668-7758. Dec. 14 & 16 – Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Symphony at University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, with the Victoria Choral Society and soloists FMI: www.victoriasymphony.ca/ concert/handels-messiah-3/ Dec. 15 – Winter Farmers’ Market, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Market Square. Local meats, fresh-baked breads and desserts, preserves, fresh produce and more. FMI: www.victoriapublicmarket.com Dec. 15 – Drop-In Christmas Craft at the library. The library supplies the materials and samples, and you supply the imagination! All welcome; children under three must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Dec. 15 at the Esquimalt Branch, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the Central Branch, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15 – Third annual Victoria Figgy Pudding Carolling Competition in Bastion Square. For beginners and seasoned carollers, the competition runs from 1 to 3 p.m., with awards and a singalong from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 – Christmas Classic: A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) at the Vic Theatre. Released in 1951, this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ original novel starring Alastair Sim is widely considered to be the definitive of the many film versions. Admission: $10 + HST Dec. 15 – Christmas Classic: Elf (PG) at the Vic Theatre. Get ready for some Christmas cheer! Follow the antics of Buddy (Will Ferrell), one of Santa’s elves who learns of his true identity as a human. Admission: $10+HST

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Dec. 15 – Early Music Christmas Concert at Alix Goolden Hall, lecture at 7:10; concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 – Celtic Christmas Ceilidh with Qristina & Quinn Bachand and Friends, 7:30 pm. at Knox Presbyterian Church. Tickets $15 & $10 (Kids 10 & under free) from at Larsen Music, Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Bookshop and Ditch Records. FMI: www.qbachand.com Dec. 16 – Sounds of the Season with Prevedoros, Golden & Joy, 2 p.m. at St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site. Admission: $15/$12 (students & senior). FMI: 250953-8829. Dec. 16 – Celebrate-a-Life Memorial Service, 3 p.m. at the University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel. All welcome. Dec. 16 – Langford annual Festival of Lights Fire Truck Parade. FMI: www.cityoflangford.ca Dec. 16 – Christmas in the Park at Eagle Ridge Centre. FMI: www.cityoflangford.ca

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Continued from page 1 Dec. 18 – Christmas Starlight Cinema. Enjoy Christmas movies under the stars at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, A Christmas Carol, 6 p.m. Movies are free but donations to Santas Anonymous appreciated. Bring a lawn chair and extra blankets, the hotel will supply heaters! FMI: 250-360-2999. Dec. 20 to 22 – Christmas Trolley Tour in Langford, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. Tours begin and end at City Centre Park. Tour participation by donation. FMI: 250-391-1738 or www. citycentrepark.ca Dec. 21 – ‘Twas Not The Night Before Christmas with CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. Seasonal works for choir and brass. Tickets: $25/ adult, $22/senior, $10/student, available at the door, Cathedral office, Ivy’s Bookshop, Munro’s Books, and Long and McQuade. FMI: www.christchurchcathedral. bc.ca Dec. 22 to 31 – Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Royal BC Museum, 12 to 4 p.m. Open the door to one of BC’s oldest buildings. Helmcken House comes alive with the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas in Victoria. Included with admission, membership, or by donation.

Dec. 22 – Sing-Along Celebration with the Casavant Organ, 2 p.m. at St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site. By donation or bring a small non-perishable food item for the Giving Tree. FMI: www. stannsacademy.com Dec. 22 – Victoria Bach Ensemble presents A Bach Christmas, 7:30 p.m. at Church of St. John the Divine. Tickets at the door: $15/adult; $10/seniors & students. Dec. 23 – The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria partners with the UJAM Jazz Society to present the UJAM All Stars, young artists who will share holiday music and jazz standards for the enjoyment of gallery-goers; 2 to 4 p.m. FMI: aggv.ca Dec. 23 – Vox Humana presents A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Dylan Thomas’ timeless tale read by Welshman Melville Jones and accompanied by carols, 3 p.m. at Alix Goolden Hall. FMI: www.voxhumanachoir.ca Dec. 27 to 30 – Ballet Victoria Presents: The Gift of Pandora’s Box at the Royal Theatre, giving new life to a classic tale. Celebrate the holiday season with humour, dance and Tchaikovsky. Tickets start at $37 with discounts available for children, students and seniors.

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St. Ann’s Academy honours Christmas past and present By Jennifer Blyth Christmases of generations past come to one of Victoria’s oldest religious sites when St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site celebrates Advent. Decked for the holidays indoors and out, St. Ann’s Academy is hosting two festive events for the holiday season, beginning Dec. 16 with “Sounds of the Season” with Prevedoros, Golden & Joy, in the chapel at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12 for seniors and students – call 250953-8829 for details or email stanns.academy@gov.bc.ca On Dec. 22, the Academy invites the community to a Sing-Along Celebration with the Casavant Organ, in the chapel at 2 p.m. Join musicians Greg and Josie Davidson for an afternoon of holiday songs, accompanied by Greg on St. Ann’s 100-year-old Frères Casavant organ. Sing some carols, try your hand at a vintage tree decoration and enjoy some warm apple cider Admission is by donation or bring a small non-perishable food item for the St. Ann’s Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree is on display in the Sisters’ Parlour. Nonperishable food items, unwrapped toys or new and gentlyused clothing are welcomed under the tree until Dec. 22 for distribution to local charities. While visiting, don’t miss the traditional Nativity in the chapel, painted in 1900 by Sister Mary Osithe “as a special surprise for the sisters and students.” Surrounded by cascading poinsettias, the Nativity scene also features a wax baby Jesus from the late 19th century. The Sisters began teaching in Victoria in 1858 in a log cabin now located at the Royal BC Museum. The Academy’s first permanent structure was started in 1871 and as part of renovations in 1886, the original Catholic cathedral built in 1858 was moved to St. Ann’s to become the school chapel. Today, the chapel appears as it did in the 1920s. Winter hours at St. Ann’s are Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit www.stannsacademy.com for details.

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Celebrate the Miracle Live Nativity pageant tells the Christmas story Be transported back to the time of the birth of Jesus with one of the region’s most cherished traditions, the First Christmas Nativity Pageant at Topaz Park. Presented by local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the live outdoor enactment of the Christmas story includes a narration of the story and live actors in the costumes similar to those worn by people two thousand years ago in Bethlehem. See Mary, the Wise Men bearing gifts, humble shepherds and a newborn baby in the starring role. Performances are scheduled at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21 to 23 at Topaz Park, on Topaz Avenue, accessed via Quadra Street. Parking is available at either S.J. Willis Alternative School or the Topaz Park parking lot. This is an outdoor production, so dress for the weather. Bleachers and chairs are provided, and the venue is wheelchair-accessible. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://christmasnativity.ca

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Services aid those having a blue Christmas While many people look forward to the holidays as a time to celebrate their beliefs or enjoy time with friends and family, for some the season is a time of grieving and sadness. A “Blue Christmas” service can be a comfort to those who may find December a challenging time. First Metropolitan United Church of Canada presents The Longest Night – A Candlelight Service Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. A night of poetry, music, silence and candle-light, “The Longest Night service provides

safe space for all our emotions,” the church explains. “If you seek a place of beauty and calm, if you struggle as Christmas approaches, or if you grieve the loss of a loved one, you are welcome here.” Participants are invited to enjoy refreshments and conversation following the service, or enjoy the quiet candlelight in the church. For more information, visit www.firstmetvictoria.com In Cadboro Bay, St. George’s Anglican and the Pastoral Care Committee offer a Blue “Quiet” Christmas Service Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

A quiet and reflective service, gentle readings, reflections, music and ritual will focus on themes of loss and change, “remembering what has been, dreams unrealized and experiences of regret. “Through the power of ritual, we will have the chance to grieve and let go, and enter gently into a new place ready to experience Christmas anew.” All are welcome; hot apple cider and Christmas treats will follow the service. For details, visit main.cadbayuc.org

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Christ’s Arrival Celebrate Christ’s arrival with Midnight Mass Christmas is one of the most celebrated dates on the Christian calendar. Commemorating the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ is only surpassed in importance by the celebration of Easter, a time when Christians remember Christ’s sacrifice of life for His people. Christmas is often celebrated with much joy and fervor all around the world, with exchanges of gifts and special acts of charity all month long. One component of the Christmas celebration that has long been tradition and holds special meaning to celebrants is the Midnight Mass. Churches all around the world hold four different Christmas celebrations, including three masses and a Christmas vigil. The Midnight Mass is perhaps the most cherished. Mass, a Christian liturgical rite that often involves the sacrament of the Eucharist, may begin prior to midnight and include Biblical readings that focus on the story of Christ’s birth depending on the church. At midnight on Dec. 24, carols may be sung and the ringing of church bells to signify the birth of Christ as Dec. 25 arrives. In Israel, a procession takes place from Jerusalem to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. In the Catholic Pope’s home of Vatican City, the Pope himself heads the Midnight Mass and people in large numbers pray for peace among mankind. Many theologians say that the Midnight Mass evolved from individuals making pilgrimages to Israel and the actual

birthplace of Christ. Because the Bible states that Jesus was born at night and in a manger, to fully immerse oneself in the story and the liturgical significance of the moment, a Midnight Mass seems the best place to achieve these goals. The darkness and the gentle hush that nighttime provides helps set the scene and enhance the spiritual component of Christmas. The Nativity of Jesus takes place in two Gospels of the Bible: the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew. The version of Luke goes much more deeply into the story of Mary’s virgin conception through the time of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. Here is Christ’s birth according to the Gospel of Luke: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’ Later, the Gospel continues, “He was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” Midnight Mass has become an important component in the celebration of Christmas for the faithful. While secular celebrations may focus on the arrival of Santa Claus at the midnight hour, religious celebrations often involve filling churches at midnight to spread the word of Christ’s arrival.

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Church Service Listings December 12 December 24th at 6:30 pm We invite you to join us for a 1hour Christmas Eve Service.

813 Darwin Ave in the Garth Homer Centre. www.tccvictoria.com

New Life Community Fellowship

Christmas Eve Service

First Metropolitan Church – Longest Night (Blue Christmas) service, 7 p.m., incl. poetry, readings & music. Info: firstmetvictoria.com

December 15 Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St. – Christmas Pageant, 5 p.m. Info: www.stjohnthedivine.bc.ca

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm 3900 Carey Road (corner of Carey & Tillicum)

Including Congregation Carols, Radio Play, Candle Lighting and Refreshments

Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church 798 Goldstream Avenue • Victoria BC Phone: 250-478-3482 Email: olor@shaw.ca Father Paul Szczur, SDS.

Monday, Dec. 24 Masses at 7:00 PM and 10:30 PM Tuesday, Dec. 25 Mass at 10:30 AM Monday, Dec. 31 Mass at 5:00 PM Tuesday, Jan. 1 Masses at 10:30 AM

December 16 Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland streets – Children’s Pageant, 9:15 a.m. Info: www. christchurchcathedral.bc.ca Church of Our Lord, 626 Blanshard St. – Christmas Children’s Service, 9:30 a.m.; Celebration, 10:30 a.m. Info: churchofourlord.org St. George’s Anglican Church, Cadboro Bay – Christmas Pageant, 10 a.m. Oak Bay United Church – Christmas Pageant, 10 a.m. St. Luke’s Anglican Church – combined 10 a.m. service and Christmas pageant. Info: www.stlukesvictoria.ca

Cadboro Bay United Church Blue Christmas Service December 16th 7:00pm “Cause Christmas can be hard”

Christmas Eve Services: 4:00pm - Family Nativity Pageant 7:00pm - Family Candlelight Service 10:00pm - Candlelight Communion

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St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Oak Bay – Advent Concert Series, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., with Brandenburg Band & St. Mary’s Children’s Choir. Admission by donation; proceeds to the BC Cancer Foundation.

Cadboro Bay United, Blue Christmas service, 7 p.m. Info: www.cadbayuc.org

December 19 St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Oak Bay – Advent Concert Series, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., with classical guitarist Brad Prevedoros. Admission by donation; proceeds to the BC Cancer Foundation. Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland streets – School Concert, 6 p.m. Info: www.christchurchcathedral. bc.ca Colwood’s Church of the Advent annual carolling, 6:30 p.m. Info: colwoodanglican.ca

December 21 Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St. – A Pinnacle Brass Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Festive, cheerful music by St John’s resident brass quintet. CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble performs for ‘Twas Not the Night Before Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Info: www. christchurchcathedral.bc.ca

December 23

Shelbourne Street Church of Christ – Christmas Pageant, 5 p.m. Info: www. shelbournestreetchurch.com

St. Michaels Anglican Church, Royal Oak, Eucharist, 8 a.m.; Lessons & Christmas Carols with Eucharist, 10:30 a.m. Info: www. stmikevictoria.ca

Colwood’s Church of the Advent – Parish Potluck and Christmas Singout, 5 p.m. Info: colwoodanglican.ca

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Oak Bay, Holy Eucharist, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist

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Church of Our Lord, 626 Blanshard St. – Christmas lessons and carols, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Info: churchofourlord. org

Colwood’s Church of the Advent Every Member Christmas Pageant, 10 a.m. colwoodanglican.ca Grace Lutheran Church Christmas Pageant, 10:30 a.m. gracelutheranchurchelcic. yolasite.com Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland streets – Nine Lessons & Carols for Christmas, 4:30 p.m. Info: www.christchurchcathedral. bc.ca First Metropolitan Church – Among Angels Christmas pageant, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 & 24. firstmetvictoria.com

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9.30 am Christmas Children’s service 9.30 am & 10:30 am Christmas Lessons & Carols 4:30 pm Christmas Family Service 10:30 pm Christmas Eve midnight service 10:00 am Christmas Day service

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St. George’s Anglican Church, Cadboro Bay, Carols & Children’s Christmas story, 4:30 p.m.; Festive Christmas Communion, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Cadboro Bay United, Family Nativity Pageant, 4 p.m.; Family Candelight Service, 7 p.m.; Candlelight Communion, 10 p.m. Info: www.cadbayuc.org St. David’s Anglican Church, Cordova Bay – Family Christmas Eve Service, 4 p.m. Info: stdavidbythesea.ca

Christ Community Church, 3897 Holland Ave, Christmas Eve service, 8 a.m. Info: www. cccvictoria.ca Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland street – Family Christmas Eve service, 4 p.m.; Solemn High Midnight Mass, 11 p.m. Info: www. christchurchcathedral.bc.ca

St. Michaels Anglican Church, Royal Oak – Children’s Christmas Eve Service, 4 p.m.; Midnight Mass, 11 p.m. Info: www.stmikevictoria.ca

Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St. – Family Eucharist, 4 p.m. Participate in the telling of the Christmas story in word and

Christmas Around the World 4 pm – Family Service

Mary says “Yes” to God 8 pm – Candle Light Service

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St. Luke’s Anglican Church Child Friendly Carol Service, 4 p.m.; Family Communion with Carols, 7 p.m.; Choral Communion with Carols, 10 p.m.

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Open Gate Church, 1289 Parkdale Dr., early service, 8:30 a.m., children’s presentation, The Secret of Snowflake County, 10:15 a.m.

Providence Community Church, Monterey Centre Carols on Christmas Eve, 6pm info: 250-519-0799 First Metropolitan Church, Family Christmas Eve, 4:30 p.m.; Among Angels pageant, 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 11 p.m. Info: firstmetvictoria. com Grace Lutheran Church – A Family Christmas, 4:30 p.m.; Christmas Carol & Candlelight Liturgy, 7:30 p.m. gracelutheranchurchelcic. yolasite.com

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Church Service Listings Emmanuel Baptist Church, at the Henderson entrance to UVic – Christmas Around the World Family Christmas Eve Service with puppet show, kids’ choirs and carol singing, 4 p.m.; Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with choral music, drama and carol singing, 8 p.m. All welcome. Info: www.emmanuelvictoria.ca

Shelbourne Street Church of Christ – Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m. Info: www. shelbournestreetchurch.com

Oak Bay United Church, Christmas Eve service, 4pm and 8pm

Our Lady of the Rosary, Langford, Christmas Eve Mass, 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Info: www.olorchurch.ca

Holy Cross Church, Gordon Head Rd., Christmas Eve Family Mass, 6 p.m.; Mass, 8 p.m. Info: holycrossvictoria.org Colwood’s Church of the Advent – Folksy Christmas with Holy Eucharist, 6 p.m.; Formal latenight Eucharist with special music, 10 p.m. Info: 250-474-3031

Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St., Family Service, 4 p.m.; Festal Christmas Eve Service, 11 p.m. Info: www.stjohnthedivine.bc.ca

Unity Church of Victoria – Candlelighting Service at Alix Goolden Hall with Caroling at 7:40 p.m. and service at 8 p.m. Info: www. unityvictoria.ca Open Gate Church, 1289 Parkdale Dr., Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m. Info: www.theopengate.ca

St. Michaels Anglican Church, Royal Oak, Christmas Eucharist, 10 a.m. Info: www.stmikevictoria.ca

December 31 Our Lady of the Rosary, Langford, New Year’s Eve service, 5 p.m. Info: www.olorchurch.ca

St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Cedar Hill X Road – Family Communion, 10 a.m. Info: www. stlukesvictoria.ca

Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland, Nightwatch Service, 11 p.m. Info: www.christchurchcathedral. bc.ca

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Old Esquimalt Road – Mass, 10 a.m. Info: 250-384-3884

January 1

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Catholic Church, corner of Falmouth & Savannah roads – The Christ Mass, 10 a.m. 250-920-9990

Holy Cross Church, Gordon Head Rd., New Year’s Day Mass, 9:30 a.m. and10:30a.m. Info: holycrossvictoria.org

Church of Our Lord, 626 Blanshard St. – Christmas service, 10 a.m. Info: churchofourlord.org

First Metropolitan Church, Music For Meditation, 2 to 4 p.m. Info: firstmetvictoria.com

Colwood’s Church of the Advent – Intimate Eucharist with carols, 10:30 a.m. Info: 250-474-3031

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Old Esquimalt Road – Mass, 10 a.m., Traditional Latin Mass, noon. Info: 250-384-3884

Church of the Nazarene, Quadra Street – Christmas Eve by Candlelight, incl. reading of the Christmas Story, music and drama, 6 p.m. Info: www. vicnazarene.ca

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Catholic Church, corner of Falmouth & Savannah roads, First Mass of Christmas, 9 p.m. Info: 250920-9990

New Life Community Fellowship, corner of Tillicum and Carey roads – Christmas Eve service, incl. carols, radio play, candlelighting and refreshments, 6:30 p.m.

December 25

Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Ave. – Christmas service, 10:30 a.m. Info: www. centralbaptistchurch.ca

Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St. – Christmas Communion, 10 a.m.

Our Lady of the Rosary, Langford, Christmas service, 10:30 a.m. Info: www.olorchurch.ca

Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Ave. – Christmas Eve service, 6:30 p.m. Info: www. centralbaptistchurch.ca

Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland street, Holy Eucharist, 8 & 10 a.m. Info: www. christchurchcathedral.bc.ca

Church of Our Lord, 626 Blanshard St. – Christmas Eve family service, 4:30 p.m.; Midnight service, 10:30p.m. Info: churchofourlord.org

Open Gate Church, 1289 Parkdale Dr., Christmas Day service, 10 a.m. Info: www.theopengate.ca

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Oak Bay – Family Service with Holy Eucharist, 7 p.m.; Sung Eucharist, 11 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Old Esquimalt Road – Family Mass, 7 p.m.; Traditional Latin Mass, midnight. Info: 250-384-3884 Trinity, Christmas Eve service, 6:30 p.m. at the Garth Homer Centre. Info: www.tccvictoria.com

January 6

Holy Cross Church, Gordon Head Rd., Christmas Day Mass, 9:30 a.m. Info: holycrossvictoria.org St. George’s Anglican Church, Cadboro Bay, Christmas Day Communion, 10 a.m. St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Oak Bay, Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.

Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland street – Celebration of Epiphany in Words & Music, 4:30 p.m. St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Cedar Hill X Road – Epiphany: Said Communion, 8 a.m., Festival of the Nine Lessons, 10 a.m., Evensong, 7 p.m. Info: www.stlukesvictoria.ca

Join us this Season! Candlelit Procession with Carols Sunday, December 2, 4:30pm Christmas in the City: “Inauspicious Events” A Dramatic & Musical Presentation Sunday December 9, 4:30pm CCC Children’s Pageant Sunday December 9, 9:15am A Liturgy of Expectation With the St. Christopher Singers Sunday December 16, 4:30pm CapriCCio Vocal Ensemble “Twas not the night before Christmas” Friday December 21, 7:30pm Nine Lessons & Carols For Christmas Sunday December 23, 4:30pm Christmas Eve Services: Monday, December 24 Family Christmas Eve Service 4:00pm Solemn High Midnight Mass 11:00pm Christmas Day Services: Tuesday, December 25 Holy Eucharist 8:00am Holy Eucharist 10:00am

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Christmas with Seniors Local ‘Santas’ help seniors in need By Jennifer Blyth While spending time with loved ones ranks high on most people’s Christmas lists, for seniors without family nearby, the holidays can be a challenging time. Those challenges can be even harder for those with limited means, who may not be able to afford the necessities to keep them comfortable, let alone something special to treat themselves at the holidays. Two local programs designed just with seniors in mind are there to help. For the eighth year, Home Instead Senior Care has encouraged the community to brighten the lives of isolated or lonely seniors with its Be a Santa to a Senior program. Seniors are nominated by workers, non-profit agencies or individuals, along with a gift idea. Volunteers write the first name of the participating senior and

their gift wish on a gift tag, which is then hung on a Christmas tree in local participating businesses, including Walmart and London Drugs at Tillicum and Saanich Centre. Gift requests include necessities like grocery store gift cards, magnifying glasses to help make reading easier, slippers and warm pyjamas, says Ann Margeson, Home Instead’s Community Outreach Coordinator, estimating the local “Santas” have delivered 5,000 gifts over the course of the program. Once shoppers have purchased the gift indicated on the tag, they simply return the gift and tag to the store – usually to customer service. A gift wrapping party is held at Shannon Oaks retirement home in Oak Bay and at the Home Instead Resource Centre in Saanich before a host of volunteers deliver the presents in time for Christmas to area seniors. Of course, many shoppers include far

more than what is on the tag, adding a number of other gifts along with what is requested, Margeson notes. Often people’s reason for volunteering and contributing is very personal, whether they are remembering a loved one or perhaps have a parent themselves who is living in a different city. “The generosity is amazing.” For more details, visit www. beasantatoasenior.ca That generosity of spirit is renowned at the local Amica residences as well, where for many years, senior volunteers have wrapped gift baskets for areas seniors. Through Amica’s Helping Hands Community Program, the baskets will go to needy seniors throughout the community – 150 last year. Amica started Helping Hands to help seniors in need and raise awareness that poverty exists at all ages. For the staff

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A cosy pair of slippers or warm pyjamas might be an ideal gift for a senior who feels the cold.

disposable income may mean they aren’t able to treat themselves to something nice very often, but still love a trip to the spa or a round of golf. If dietary issues aren’t a concern, think about what their favourite treats might be. • Go healthy – many men and women who might have been too busy raising a family to focus on their own health embrace a healthier lifestyle as they age. Gift-givers can help seniors with a gift to match their interests, such as a gift certificate to a nearby rec centre or yoga facility. • The gift of communication – sometimes the best gift is the simplest gift. Seniors love to speak with their children and grandchildren, so if you haven’t already, alter your cellular phone plan to a family plan that gives seniors unlimited minutes when calling family members. You could even upgrade a senior’s computer to allow access to instant messaging and videoconferencing services such Skype, allowing seniors to see just how fast their grandchildren are growing even if those youngsters are on the other side of the country!

Continued from page 12 Lifestyles staff members who had heard about seniors in their community who were extremely poor and would have nothing that holiday. Out of their own pockets, they purchased items and put together a few small gift baskets. As the numbers grew, they were joined by Amica residents who also wanted to help, and a tradition was born. Donations to Amica Helping Hands basket campaign goes directly to seniors in need. For details, visit www. amica.ca/About Us/Helping Hands Charity/Donations With various fundraising events throughout the year, the Helping Hands registered charity works to bring a better quality of life to marginalized and less-fortunate seniors, efforts possible thanks to the generous support of donors, staff, community partners and Amica residents.

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Fire Safety Fire-safe tips for choosing and caring for your tree A Christmas tree is one of the most timehonoured traditions of the holiday season, but if not cared for properly, it can also pose a significant fire risk. But following a few simple suggestions from the Oak Bay Fire Department in selecting and caring for your tree will go a long way to helping your family stay safe this Christmas. Before you buy: • Test it for freshness by drawing the end of a branch (15cm or 6 inches) through the cup of your hand. The needles should slide through your hand without coming off. • Bang the stump end sharply on the ground. A freshly cut tree should not lose its green needles. • Fold a needle until the tip touches the stem, making a circle. The needle should not break but should bounce back into shape. At home: • If you buy your tree several days before you plan to set it up, store it outdoors or on a cool porch or patio until you’re ready to decorate. • Before setting up the tree, cut two inches (5cm) diagonally from the butt. • Use a tree-stand that has widespread legs for better balance and a large water reservoir to immerse the butt. • Trees may drink up to four litres of water per day, so be sure to check them daily and supply

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Nearby, at the Hotel Grand Pacific, children will delight in the well-dressed teddies of the 12th annual Bear Wear fundraiser for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (formerly the Queen Alexandra Foundation), on exhibit to Jan. 3. Admission is free and for a suggested $2 donation, enter a draw to win your favourite bear; enter as many times as you like – the more times you enter, the better your chances at winning that bear in the raffle! The Bay Centre is making it easy to support the local community while finishing your holiday shopping. The 14th annual Spirit of Giving Campaign continues through Dec. 24, collecting financial or non-perishable food donations for the Mustard Seed Food Bank, which currently has 7,200 people receiving assistance, including 1,650 children under 12. Also at the Bay Centre, food, fashion and art come together through Jan. 2 where oneof-a-kind garments created by fashion design students from the Pacific Design Academy’s fall 2012 program will be on display. Each

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