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~ Donate some of your time to a local charity like Habitat for Humanity. Get your family or co-workers involved building a home for a family in need. ~ Attach a handwritten note to a homemade treat and leave it in your mailbox for the mail delivery person. Or, if you can, hand deliver it. ~ Spend time talking with your elderly neighbour, or help them decorate their tree or shovel their driveway. If you know they are spending the holidays alone, and you have room at your dinner table, invite them over for a meal. ~ Offer to babysit for new parents, and if you have kids, bring them along to help with whatever else mom or dad needs, perhaps decorating or wrapping presents. ~ Clean out your closet and bookshelves and donate everything to a homeless shelter. ~ Be the one to reach out and make amends with someone you’ve had a falling out with.

Volunteers help build a family a home on Pinery Trail Tuesday, Nov. 22 as part of Habitat for Humanity’s GTA Crew Build. base. According to a 2014 survey conducted on behalf of national charitable organization Imagine Canada, which examined holiday season charitable giving and attitudes about charitable donations, 62 per cent of Canadians intended to donate to charity over the holidays. Other findings included 33 per cent intended to volunteer their time, rather than money, to a charitable cause; 33 per cent wanted to set an example for their children or others about the importance of giving back; 26 per

cent planned to make a donation in someone’s honour in place of a traditional gift; 42 percent said were donating to experience the joy of giving and celebrate the spirit of the holidays; and 61 per cent of those not making a charitable donation cited lack of funds as the reason. Sam Fiorella, a professor at Seneca College’s school of marketing and managing director of notfor-profit corporation Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench, said holiday fundraising is a constant challenge for charities, with

people choosing to spend their money on gifts. Yet on the flip side, those same people also feel more inspired to give in the name of someone else. “This time of year people are in a more charitable mood, and charities have to look to capitalize on that,” he said. “Our approach is not to wait until December to do something or launch a campaign. We build engagement throughout the year.” Families tend to make traditions of giving back, and one popular way is for kids to donate to a toy

drive, he said. “Because more people have more today than 10 years ago, they are willing to give, but not cash,” Fiorella said. “They want to make it educational for their kids. Re-gifting a toy for a toy drive definitely hurts ability to raise cash.” But not all charities feel the pinch of a zipped up wallet come Christmas. Andrew Burditt, spokesperson for The Salvation Army Ontario Central East Division, said its Christmas Kettle Campaign, which has been in existence in Canada for more than a

century, is still an effective way to raise funds over the holidays. “We set a $3-million goal in Toronto, and we’ve been fortunate to meet it the last few years,” he said. “The money stays in the community. So if you donate to a kettle at Yonge and Eglinton, the money stays in that community.” Burditt is aware not everyone can give cash donations, so he suggests donating time - like manning a kettle. “We find people do give with an open heart.”

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With the holidays fast approaching, malls are becoming more crowded, store front windows are decorated with Christmas trees and all the trimmings, and charities have filled mailboxes and airwaves with calls for donations. And with a plethora of charities and not-for-profits vying for money from generous donors, some have had to change their approach and get more Internet savvy in hopes of collecting coin. When it’s time for North York Seniors Centre (NYSC) to target donors for its fundraisers, Jasmine Colibaba knows exactly where to find them - online. “We are focusing on the millennials,” said the centre’s development coordinator. “As a millennial myself, it’s so much easier to just give online. It’s the way the future is going. It’s the new focus. We have to think about how we can appeal to a larger audience. Twitter, LinkedIn, it’s all very important in getting our message out to a broader audience.” And luckily for NYSC, a not-for-profit organization providing programs and services for adults aged 55 and older, they don’t have to tug too hard on heart strings to get people to dig into their pockets. “Everyone has a grandma, grandpa,” Colibaba said. “They are vibrant, living in the community. But they are going to need help.” She noted one third of all annual donations to NYSC are collected in December, adding the organization has a loyal donor

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o much has been debated about how we wish someone well during the holiday season. ‘Put Christ back in Christmas!’ are common cries from those who celebrate. Indeed, they should put Christ back in Christmas. That’s the reason of the season for them. For those who believe, Christ was born in a manager with livestock all around him. He had no clothes. He came from no wealth. But he led his life with love at the core. Torontonians must recognize (and most probably do) that there is room for everyone to celebrate in the way they choose, this month and throughout the year. Be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Diwali and other faith-based celebrations, the common thread is love and hope. Honouring what’s come before, and making a conscious effort to do better moving forward. It’s about people. It’s about kindness. It’s about generosity. It’s about acceptance. It’s about loving your neighbour. It’s about spending time with people who matter to you. It’s about giving to a stranger with no expectation of anything in return. Sharing a smile and wishing someone ‘Happy Holidays’ doesn’t detract from what the season of giving is all about. If anything, we as a people should be offended with the commercialism and high-cost of celebrating at this time of year. Buying the best of the best in gifts, but not giving the best of the best of ourselves, is the greater sacrifice to humanity. What matters is how you treat people, not the price tag attached to the shiny new present. It’s irrelevant in the long run. It’s a general understanding people remember how you made them feel, not what you did or bought for them. It’s unlikely if Jesus Christ walked this earth today he would take exception to wishing someone ‘Season’s Greetings’ or “Happy Holiday’s or a simple ‘the very best to you’. Love was Christ’s ministry and we as people of all faiths, cultures and creeds should endeavor to live our lives with love and give of ourselves to make this world we live in a better place.

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MIkE ADLER Edges of Toronto repairs. The final task force report in January called for more services to protect vulnerable tenants, supplied perhaps by outside agencies, and for “quick and consistent procedures to deal with illegal and antisocial activity.” But all tenants seem to be getting are better security cameras because, as TCHC CEO Greg Spearn explained in Pelham Park last week, he never has

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Tree Trimming Party WHEN: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Jones Branch Public Library, 118 Jones Ave. CONTACT: Teresa, 416393-7715, COST: Free Come to Jones and help trim the holiday tree and make some fun crafts to take home.

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Brain Booster WHEN: 1:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen Street East CONTACT: Farzana, 416-7785805 Ext.212, http://eastendchc. on.ca/, COST: Free Brain-boosting activities.Call for more information, or to register. Breakfast with Hamper WHEN: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main Street CONTACT: Cameron Boyle, 416-691-1113 Ext.226, cameron@ centre55.com COST: 3.00 Pancake breakfast with Hamper the Reindeer. Children’s craft sale, Bogs boots sale and arts and crafts for the kids. Welcome Yule WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to WHERE: St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 135 First Avenue CONTACT: http://www. seventeenvoyces.ca/, info@seventeenvoyces.ca COST: from $15.00

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Rutter’s Gloria WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. CONTACT: Toronto Beach Chorale: David Garde, 416-699 6634, http://torontobeachchorale.com/ performances/upcoming/, johannaschueller@yahoo.com COST: see concert description The Toronto Beach Chorale invites you to hear the exalted sounds of Rutter’s Gloria to launch its 2016/17 season.

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Art Cafe WHEN: 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. WHERE: East End Community Health Centre, 1619 Queen Street East CONTACT: Zari, 416-7785805 Ext.222, http://eastendchc. on.ca/, COST: Free Express yourself with art, no previous experience required, Monday, December 5, 12 and 19.

● Thursday, December 8 Adult Book Club

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. WHERE: Riverdale Branch, 370 Broadview Ave. CONTACT: Riverdale Branch, 416-393-7720, COST: Free Join book discussion. Meetings once a month on second Thursday of the month at Riverdale library. New members welcome. HERstory Counts presents: SILENCED WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. WHERE: Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East CONTACT: Jenna Borsato, 647-465-8722, http://herstorycounts.com/, jenna.borsato@ryerson.ca COST: Students/Seniors/Art Workers $15 and Adults $20 Seven diverse female identified womyn will take the Red Sandcastle stage by storm December 8-11.

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Decorating the Christmas Tree WHEN: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: Beaches Library, 2161 Queen Street E CONTACT: Toronto Public Library, Beaches Branch, 416-3937703, http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT26 1362&R=EVT261362, COST: Free Make a fun Christmas tree craft and

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One of a Kind Show and Sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd CONTACT: oneofakindshow.com/toronto/ index.php COST: Various Last weekend for always anticipated long-running craft show and sale. Ends Dec. 4, 6 p.m.

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Celebration and Open House WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute, 16 Phin Ave. CONTACT: john.caldarone@tdsb. on.ca COST: Free A farewell to Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute and welcome to the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, including First Nations School of Toronto and the Aboriginal Education Centre. Christmas In The Valley WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: The Miller Lash House, 130 Old Kingston Road CONTACT: Billi Jo Cox, millerlashhouse.ca/ christmas-in-the-valley COST: Free Not your average Christmas show. Uniquely handmade items by local vendors, artisans and crafters

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(and students of course). City Carol Sing - 2016 WHEN: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. CONTACT: E. Burns, 416-241-1298, 9sparrows.arts@gmail.com COST: Free The eighth annualCity Carol Sing in collaboration with the City with special guests. Free admission with donations accepted for food bank.

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Riverdale Share Concert WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. CONTACT: info@riverdaleshare. com COST: $20, non perishable food item Volunteer-run organization plans to again raise over $30,000 and truckloads of donated food (please bring donation). Dala and Julian Taylor among performers.

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DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com There’s something different about the window display at the Hudson’s Bay Company flagship store at Yonge and Queen Streets this holiday season. Gone are the animated Christmas carollers, the elves and the reindeer trappings of Christmas. In their place? The Aurora Borealis; owls and geese and squirrels and bears, animal denizens of a wintery “enchanted forest” that speaks more to the Canadian winter than the Christian holiday that’s among those celebrated in December. A year ago and a border south of the Bay, a decision to step back from Christmas in favour of wintery magic might have gotten a lot of flak from Christians and other traditionalists who see a war against the holiday in the colour of Starbucks coffee cups and the use of the greeting “happy holidays” rather than Merry Christ-

mas. This year? With Stephen Bannon, the head of the right-wing, hate-spinning website Breitbart. com at the right hand of president-elect Donald Trump, whatever bloom there was on the rose of Christian-centric, exclusive celebration this season has surely faded. That goes doubly so in Toronto - one of the most multicultural and multi-religious cities in the world - where the deChristmasing of the Bay raised barely an eyebrow. “This isn’t a bad year for us to be talking about the uniquely Canadian way of celebrating Christmas,” says Toronto city councillor Joe Mihevc, who came to politics by way of divinity studies. Mihevc represents a typically diverse ward (Ward 21 - St. Paul’s) in a diverse city, and he holds his communities up as a model of accommodation. While the law of the land turns Christmas - that being the explicit celebration of the birth of Christ - into a paid, nearly universal holiday, Mihevc says that the many faiths practiced in the communities he represents find ways to celebrate. “At the Wychwood Barns, there’s a Christmas thing, a Hanukkah thing, a Kwanzaa thing,” he says. “It’s let’s celebrate and have fun with it. It’s not a

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The Hudson’s Bay Company’s window displays at Yonge and Queen streets are featuring a winter theme this year – a break in tradition from their usual Christmas theme. way of defining your religious team as differentiated from other religious teams.” In Scarborough, United Church Minister Gretta Vosper takes that ethos a step further. Vosper, an avowed atheist, is battling a move by the church to defrock her for her religious views. The matter is currently decided against her, subject to an appeal. The West Hill United Church where she officiates until that is heard offers a “longest night” service that coincides with the equinox - the shortest day of the year, Dec. 21. The congregation there focuses on the communal elements of the season extinguishing candles

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dent body is diverse, with students practicing Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and pagan religions, as well as many who don’t worship at all. “The way we have been striving to approach spiritual life here is, how do we affirm the religious identity of the people in our community and support them fully, in our own identity and making space for one another’s identity?” she asks. Making that space, Kessler acknowledges, is work. “Forming a true interfaith relationship should cost me something,” she says. “If that cost is I say ‘happy holidays’ to Muslim or Jewish students, or a

pagan student who doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas - well, that’s a pretty low cost for me.” Kessler would, in fact, be willing to pay more. “I want to scrap Christmas as a paid holiday entirely,” she said. “I think we should all celebrate as a secular society as a winter holiday. But in my religious community, I would like to celebrate my festival. The whole festival of the light of God, coming into the world.” As for the Bay? When asked for comment on the new wintry display, Bay spokesperson Michelle Veilleux was unable to find anyone to comment. Here in Toronto, the display speaks for itself.

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