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I.E.O.A. Big Truck Parade at Veterans Park 5:00 to 7:45 p.m. Free Hot Dogs and Hot Chocolate. Big Truck Parade passes by at about 8 p.m. Dec. 4 – Skate With Santa at City Centre Park. Free event from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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Editor’s Note

Dave Obee

Editor-in-chief, Times Colonist

A season worth celebrating ere we go! Welcome to another Capital Christmas from your friends at the Times Colonist. In this, our third annual celebration of all things festive, we have once again asked our readers to share their best memories of Christmas and what it means to them. These stories represent what Christmas means to all of us, in fact. Christmas is based on a solid foundation of faith, of course, and most of us express our faith and our beliefs through giving and sharing with others. That sort of thinking comes through in the stories you will find in these pages -- the stories of our readers, and the stories of your neighbours. Most tell of tougher times, a reminder of how our lives have changed for the better. The idea that people would not have a Christmas dinner comes through, back in the days before those who gave became committed to helping those who have not. It was not that long ago when parents would give their children blocks of wood and tell them to imagine the toys they would like to have. Times really gave changed. The stories in this issue of Capital Christmas will inspire you and, we hope, give you a greater appreciation for the people around you. Beyond that, this edition will help inform future historians, because the first-person stories contained here represent a valuable contribution to our understanding and appreciation of Christmas traditions that might otherwise be forgotten. These are stories not found in history books, but they certainly should be. Along with the memories of Christmases past, Capital Christmas has plenty of ideas for making this year one if your best Christmas seasons ever. Enjoy! And don’t forget – happy holidays!


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Nov. 19 to Jan. 2

CANADA’S NATIONAL GINGERBREAD SHOWCASE 2016 Inn at Laurel Point Victoria’s Inn at Laurel Point is once again hosting Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase, benefiting Habitat for Humanity Victoria. The event brings together professional and amateur bakers from across Canada and highlights their creativity, while supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity Victoria. This year’s theme is … Around the World.

The Bay Centre and The Fairmont Empress The Festival of Trees creates a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise much-needed funds for BC Children’s Hospital. For the first time, there will be two festival locations to enjoy: The Bay Centre and The Fairmont Empress!

Government St. between Superior and Chatham


Friday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


35TH ANNUAL ISLAND FARMS SANTA’S LIGHT PARADE Begin your Christmas Season in Victoria with the magical Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade. Floats and bands, entertainment and lots of fun for the entire family. After the parade, head to Centennial Square for refreshments from Island Farms and to witness Santa officially declare Christmas in Victoria open! Bring a donation for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

Nov. 16 to Jan. 5

Nov. 26, 5:45 p.m.

Victoria’s most prestigious artisan fair, the Out of Hand Fair is a celebration of fine crafts, artisan food and the decorative arts.


Dec. 1 to Dec. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m.

CHOIRS IN THE COURTYARD Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch/ Central Courtyard Treat yourself to an early afternoon seasonal sampling of Victoria’s choirs in the Central Branch courtyard – one of the city’s sweetest acoustic spots. Dec. 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT BEER SHOW Save On Foods Memorial Centre The best part about beer is that it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. While most beer festivals are held throughout the summer months to take advantage of the beautiful relationship between warm weather and a cold glass of suds, the first ever Christmas Craft Beer Show at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will give everyone the chance to raise a mug of holiday cheer. The multitude of fantastic local micro-breweries will gather together to display their seasonal products as well as their brewery

favourites. A great way to start off the holiday season! 19+ event. Dec. 2&3, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 2 p.m.

2016 CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERT SERIES: A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Prepare to be enchanted by the Peninsula Singers’ 2016 A Magical Christmas, a show conjured up by Artistic Director Glenda Korella, featuring traditional carols in new arrangements along with many new songs. Nine-year-old violinist, Jasmine Yu from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, will be featured in the “Spotlight on a Young Artist.” Dec. 2&3, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3&4, 2 p.m.

DANCE VICTORIA PRESENTS ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER Royal Theatre A Canadian Classic! Danced to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, this production begins with a hockey

Dec. 1 to Jan. 6

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS AT THE BUTCHART GARDENS Come experience the thrill of thousands of lights, wreaths and special festive displays. Enjoy skating, carollers, festive dining and much more – it’s an exciting time at The Gardens. Look for the Twelve Days of Christmas displays placed throughout the gardens.

game on a frozen pond and features RCMP officers in a battle with the Rat King. Technically stunning dancers and gorgeous costumes and sets make this Canadian production memorable. Dec. 3

18TH IEOA TRUCK LIGHT CONVOY AND FOOD DRIVE Festively decorated commercial trucks parade through the streets of the capital region. Starting at Ogden Point, the convoy weaves its way

through Oak Bay and downtown Victoria before continuing on to View Royal and Langford. people are encouraged to drop off their food donations at designated sites along the route. Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 11, 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon

CHRISTMAS IN OLD VICTORIA GUIDED WALKS Burnes House, 26 Bastion Square Experience the charm of Old Town in the month around Christmas with heart-warming stories about the holiday season a century ago on a 90-minute Discovery Walks tour. discovery-walks

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Seasonal Events Dec. 4, 5 p.m.

SIDNEY SPARKLES CHRISTMAS PARADE AND LIGHTED SAILPAST BOAT PARADE Experience the holiday magic as Sidney sparkles with Christmas excitement. The annual Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade runs through the centre of town along Beacon Ave., followed by a parade of beautifully decorated, lighted boats gliding along the waterfront. Dec. 4, 11 a.m.

WILL STROET University Centre Farquhar Auditorium Will Stroet, an award-winning children’s musician, inspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world through educational music in English and French. Will stars in the preschool television series Will’s Jams.

with the Victoria Symphony’s annual Sentimental Christmas Pops. Beloved Maestro Brian Jackson and the Victoria Symphony will be joined by talented young performers from the Canadian College of Performing Arts for a concert full of favourites both merry and bright. Don’t forget your singing voices: the performance includes the ever-popular sing-a-long holiday carols! Dec. 10, 8 p.m.

TALES OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. The Victoria Jazz Society presents The Jerry Granelli Trio with The Victoria Children’s Choir performing Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas. Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.

NADEN BAND 2016 ANNUAL NAVY CHRISTMAS CONCERT SERIES Royal Theatre Join in the fun and excitement as 35 professional musicians take to the stage to entertain and get you into the holiday spirit. The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy presents the 38th annual Christmas concert in support of The Salvation Army Toy Drive. The festive musical program will include original works and holiday favourites for the entire family. Audience members are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy on the night of the performance. Dec. 9&10, 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m.

A SENTIMENTAL CHRISTMAS Royal Theatre Enjoy a dose of holiday cheer Dec. 10, 20, 21, 22, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11&18, 2 p.m. Dec. 14&16, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15&23, 1 p.m. Dec. 17, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

DIEMAHLER CHRISTMAS POPS St Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin Rd., Oak Bay

Tour. Seen by over 60 million people worldwide, this smash-hit musical has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Featuring ABBA’s greatest hits including Dancing Queen, S.O.S., Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me and The Winner Takes It All, with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.


The Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave.

Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Written By Brad L’écuyer and Erin Macklem. Directed By Jane Johansen. This holiday season The Belfry brings you this melodious musical as a staged presentation featuring Company C. A beautiful way to celebrate the season and a special way to experience this brand new musical play, written specifically for Victoria and Fernwood. Starring members of the Canadian College of the Performing Arts’ Company C, local school choirs and other special guests. Dec. 5 to 7, 7:30 p.m.

old classic White Christmas as well as a stunning arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluiah.

Dec. 11, 2 p.m.

DAVID MYLES “IT’S CHRISTMAS” Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

DANIEL LAPP’S HOME FOR CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Alix Goolden Performance Hall Featuring Swingin’ Shepherds, Shiny Horn/aments, The Joy of Life Choir, Folkestra, BC Fiddle Orchestra and more! Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

COOKEILIDH – MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT! Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney A festive evening of celtic and yuletide music featuring Cookeilidh. Cookeilidh has been delighting audiences for years with their high energy traditional and modernized tunes. This special holiday performance will also feature guests the O’Brien Irish Dancers. Sure to leave you with a grin on your face, a spring in your step, and the holiday spirit in your heart!


Enjoy a wintery afternoon listening to It’s Christmas! – a diligently original mélange of folk, jazz and bluegrass-inflected interpretations of standards such as I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Let It Snow and White Christmas, as well as some charming Myles originals.

McPherson Playhouse

Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

Dec. 14, 8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Dec. 16, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.



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Presented by Razzle Dazzle Productions. A celebration of Christmas as well as an extravaganza of music and dance, lights and decorations, laughter and tears! New broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favourites, as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of Abba will be back by popular demand. There will be songs from the

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Royal Theatre MAMMA MIA! returns one last time to The Royal Theatre as part of its North American Farewell

Dec.8, 6 p.m.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ACROSS CANADA Join special guests and children’s choirs to celebrate the annual cross-country lightup. The giant sequoia on the front lawn of The Legislature buildings will be illuminated with thousands of lights.

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Seasonal Events November 8— December 4

“One of the greatest songwriters ever.” ROLLING STONE


one spectacular show! Zachary Stevenson returns to the stage as Buddy Holly, joined by the knockout Beatles tribute band … The Fab Fourever. More Info at Dec. 19& 20, 7:30 p.m.


O CHRISTMAS TEA – A BRITISH COMEDY McPherson Playhouse Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss … grab your teacups! London’s three-time IMPRESARIO award-winning comedians James & Jamesy present their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy. Dec. 27 to 29, 2 p.m.

BALLET VICTORIA PRESENTS THE GIFT Royal Theatre A uniquely wonderful Christmas ballet to Tchaikovsky’s timeless Nutcracker score. The Victoria Symphony whisks you away with the dancers and a flurry of wonderful characters who celebrate Christmas together. The little mischief of a young girl sparks an exciting adventure and a world of unexpected wonder when she opens a present brought by her uncle despite his warning.

I Think I'm Fallin' The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Dec. 16, 8 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH University Centre Farquhar Auditorium Maestra Tania Miller leads brilliant soloists, the Victoria Symphony and the Victoria Choral Society in Handel’s glorious Messiah. With the Hallelujah Chorus as its centerpiece, Handel’s oratorio Messiah is probably the most famous piece of classical music in the world. Come feel the music and hear the voices ring out! Dec. 21 to 23, performances at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.



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VIENNESE NEW YEARS Royal Theatre Start the New Year off right with lively and nostalgic music from the family of Johann Strauss and his contemporaries. Benjamin Butterfield and Sharleen Joynt join dancers from Ballet Victoria for this afternoon of music, dance, and song.


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ng r eyes. Ever ythi t and opened he ar st en a Th ith t! w gh e ni ok olly w dle of the , it was the mid se d ur rle co cu of y t la e Bu ! sh was dark tmas Eve! As d this was Chris ran through she remembere r of excitement ive sh a d, be in m ar sock, which she up and cosy w Had her father’s t? ye ed led? en pp ha her bed, been fil her. Had it over the foot of lly r fu he re in ca ar so cle had hung was quite ristmas morning ” gs Ch r in fo ck le to ru “s e n Th their ow ren might open until all the house. The child ey had to wait th en th t bu , up e Polly could ok w when they anyone got up. re fo be ed en en op her bed, and stockings had be eathing in the ot br r la gu re t ie qu woke up. hear her sister’s time before she ng lo a be rt at ld ou into the cold pa knew that it w one foot down it! ed sh on y pu e av sh he Gingerly mething s! There was so Ye tle lit d. a be d r he he ac of re the end open it? She uld she wait to her foot Oooh! How co t quickly pulled bu e, to r he ith w it ain, and just as further to feel eird! She tried ag w as w ng hi et back. Som back. felt alive! She quickly pulled it e touched it! It sh n he w d re ly alive! Now The sock quive s, it was definite Ye . es tim to do? e or was she going tried a few m What on earth e. ak aw e id w Polly was d shake it? the open end an to the toe, Should she hold tever” down in ha “w e th e , ak sh ways there! No But that might ange that was al or e rin th da by an up m e the sock on top of th w about picking Ho d ! ul at co th ng do hi ’t yt she couldn be worse! Ever it? That would ver” could toe and shaking and the “whate k, ea br ht ig m ng fall out, somethi t d! to do? Her hear end up in her be hatever was she w , It was ar ! de w he oh , W ar ? Oh de t was that ha W . le st ru a d hear still racing, Polly jumped as she bed! Her hear t in er ov g in g would ng rn niin d if morrn just her sister tu e, and wondere id w en op es ey lay with her d come. It ad ever come. eyes, morning ha r he ed en op e The next time sh from morning! wrapping gifts as w Christmas r sister busy un he as on the w d le ce st un ru Now the vers, Polly po co e th ck ba g rowin n pulling out her stocking. Th r bed, and begaan he of d en e th on bulky sock lying hee end of her . ts en nt ate? In th co its ting her chocol ea en be ! It had d ha on Hey, who size of a lo ie round hole the at ne chocolate, a e as th w r, r Mars Ba wrapping pape e th h ug ro th ht att was her been eaten, rig e middle, and th th in rt pa d te al and into the m e floor with a he favourite bit! ate bar on th ol oc ch r he ot d an Then, she foun here? hat was going on W d! en e th in knew why her hole lly Po d an d dawne Gradually a light lt alive! ‘stocking’ had fe what it was? Can you guess stocking! d been in Polly’s ha A little mouse


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I want to live in the tiny house that I see in the gla ss ball In the town where only good folk live, where no fear exists at all And each room is decora ted in a warm, old-fashi oned way A home for all my dear, loved ones to gather ’rou nd and stay A table set for family fea sts, all lit by candle glow A mantle trimmed with velvet bows, fresh sprigs of mistletoe With chestnuts roasting on the fire and hot, mulled wine to pour The smells of baking fill the air as do our songs of yore The Yule log crackles in the hearth by which we warm our hands Together we will reminis ce then make new winter plans And our tree holds crafte d treasures beneath a glo wing star That once shone in a mid night sky, a beacon from afar Fine horses decked in jing ling bells, they pull a crim son sleigh To take us to the skating ghh pond where families com e to play A picture-perfect time of joy that all who dream adm ire A happily ever after scene that never will expire I’d live in a town of which stories tell, in a place a time away With a mood forever fes tive, with glad tidings eve ry day Where I can feel good wil l t’wards all, for the people there are friends Where hearts are bright, the snow falls, light, and Christmas never ends

Albina Cha tton

T he Story of the Candy Cane During the Second World War, Canadians were sub ject to food rationing. Coupon books were issued for each person . One Christmas, Aunt Dea na saved her sugar coupon s and created homemade candy canes for each of her Randall nephew s and niece. As no candy was available in the stores, this was a trea sured treat. I don’t know what else I rec eived as a gift that year, but the memory of the treasured candy can e is still with me more tha n 70 years later. Today, I carry a small wra pped candy cane in my car near the gear box and have a constant remind er of her thoughtfulness and generosity.

Joan Eales

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6:The Christmas doll Christmas, 1953. A small town 50 . kilometres east of Toronto — Oshawa they how my, Oh ere. ywh Snow ever tried to keep smiles on their faces that year, and put one on mine! How they tried. A little girl three and a half, had just lost her mama six months earlier. Sitting by the beautiful tree on . Christmas Eve, we heard sleigh bells e Uncl (My hed. Santa’s here, they laug y snow the on up bed Allen had clim roof stomping around ringing bells). Time for bed, girl as they ushered my cousin and I upstairs. Aw yes, a lovely crisp Christmas the morn. We arrived at the bottom of had a Sant stairs to a wonderland where been. I unwrapped three dolls! Three! In girl those days one doll was all any little hoped to get. I could not believe it. Later that day, my very wise N Nana took me aside. She said “how w wonderful, three dolls.� She laid them on her bed and , suggested I pick one to play with now t close her in up put be to was her anot girl for later. She then told me of a little then She ital. hosp who was sick in the said, “wouldn’t it be nice to give one to her!� Thanks Nana for teaching me the Joy of Giving!

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k da from Denmar I came to Cana ld r-o ea -y 53 as a 30 in November 19 e in g for a better lif in ok lo carpenter were k ar nm De in ily Canada. My fam ve me t my mother ga bu s, er rm fa or po rk, fo a : ssessions three precious po She . ick st le nd ver ca a knife and a sil gh ou en ve ha t no worried I would hat I worried about w e sh d an , ey on m ristmas. would do for Ch o Canada only tw in g in be Af ter d. oa ilr ra e th ith w days, I got a job came around, as tm ris Ch n he W alone. home, so I was ever yone went pt sle I re he w xcar I went to the bo igrant m im sh ni Da r he along with anot of rt pa as from the I had met. He w I was d an , en penhag Denmark near Co rder. bo an rm Ge e ar th from the part ne our in et would have m It is unlikely we o tw e, er here we w native land, but the Christmas Eve, on er th of us toge n for io at br le ce of day most important Danes. ere would have Back at home, th e. the Christmas tre been candles on ld he at th ick st ndle Here, I had a ca oked lit them, and I lo I s. le nd ca e re th for home. ve a in Canada. I ha I made a home ell as my three good wife. As w ndlestick at candles in my ca n. It my three childre ve ha I Christmas, life. has been a good

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Christmas dinn er For various fam ily reasons, in 1937 at age fiv placed in the Winnipeg Chi e, I was ldren’s Home. pleasant, it was While staff wer a Spar tan exist e ence. We slept 20 to 25 boys in dorms with , ate commun ally segregated siblings, were from female fed repetitive bland meals al that alternated ong with dess between tapioc er ts a and bread pu white bread w dding (stale ith milk). It was no t a pleasant ex The following perience. year I was take n to my uncle’ dinner. He was s for Christmas a Scot and his wife Ukrainian My six-year- ol . What a feast! d eyes saw an ! enormous turk lots of cabbag ey, a huge ham e rolls, steamin , g veggies, appl and Christmas es, oranges, cake along with ice cream! I at stuffed I was e until I was so barely able to move. It was th ever eaten. e best meal I ha d The next day I was back at “The Home” but that Christ and its routine, mas dinner w as the absolute four years ther highlight of m e. y

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It was Christmas Eve, 1943. The Second World W and, at this tim ar was well unde e, Canadian ship yards were chur rway ever y week to he ning out two ne lp in the Battle w ships of the Atlantic. The Canadian Na vy was strugglin g to find qualifi and men. Our ei ed crews, both ght weeks of Ne of ficers w Entr y Training we were now “t had come to an rained” Ordinary end and Seamen in the w Navy Volunteer ar time Royal Ca Reserve. Those nadian of us who had hi better were mus gh school gradua tered, given an tion or Of ficer Candidat those who were e board intervie successful (I thin w and k ever yone ) prom week Of ficer Ca ptly underwent ndidate Training a threeCourse during w ships as Of ficer hich we were po Candidates. st ed to Along with a bu nch of my other 18-year-old class HMCS Renard, based out of Ha mates, I joined lifax. Renard w purpor tedly the as a conver ted fastest ship in th yacht, and e Canadian Navy been used befo . She had suppos re the war by he edly r Ne w working out of York owners as the Caribbean. Russell W regg a rum runner it t Her duties with the Royal Cana dian Navy had “torpedo trainin been as a g ship,” but by the end of 1943 “emergenc y on “e , she was primar -call vessel” in ily the Halifax area Candidate train Ca and an Of ficer ing vessel. There are few Our first Christm words in our la as Eve away fro nguage that ar as that of “Chr m home was in just ju s back from a pa ouse as many istmas.” For m HMCS Renard, feelings trol in the North e, Christmas w friends and fa Atlantic and alon as a happy tim Halifax Dock yard Ha mily gathered e when gside in . Needless to sa together. Dad our tree. Wha y, we were all fe would take us and homesick. an t fun it was to el ou in Th g t en very down to st in omp about in cut the af ternoon on flushing a deer pr prou the snow, som o dly returned ! e of our of f-dut et on im y messmates bo es ar d from shopping Victoria winte do downtown Halif rs were much on Barrington St ax with a new 78 colder then. W reet in sleighing on th rpm record whi ppllaying on our e loved skatin e Cedar Hill G ch he star ted mess deck reco g and olf Course and bonfire while rd player. warming ours sipping hot co Before many m elves by a oments had pass coa. Christmas to make. Each ed, a couple of cakes took a w meessssmates grab family membe our other hole day bed the record r stirred and m we tip-toed ar of f the turn-tabl ade a wish an tthhe ta ound the hous t bl e, op e, smashed it on en d ed a scut tle and then e as they slow thump or bang tossed it out ov ly baked, darin ooccean. causing the ca n er the side into g not to kes to flatten. The Santa Cla the The record was us Show at th th e e Royal Theatre ne I longed to be w ly re le as ed bbyy Binng Crosby. “I’ll be Home fo was fairyland! in it gliding ab r Christmas” How out in a tutu an plump and wou d wings. Alas, ld have been gi I was ven the part of Hudson’s Bay Mig s Turner a chubby elf. Bo and Eaton’s bo asted “Santa th the No- one could Claus”. convince me th at he didn’t sh those two delig uffle between htful places. To yland sparkled unbelievable to and offered sig a small child. hts Santa presided window attend My mother w there or in the ed by elfin he as left in Lond store lpers. on, Ont., with Just before th while our dad e long-awaite three young ch was stationed d da ildren, Concer t, whe in y, Halifax and “N th co er nv e oy w as duties across re the true mea the Sunday Sc ew fie John” on th e hool ning of Christ A tla gazed in won nt ic escorting su Unite t d Kingdom mas was reveal der as our cost pply ships to th during the war ed. We umed peers re e At home, the . The gift that I told that ageles tree glowed w re ce s iv st ed or th ith snowball lig y. at while garland to w th as is day remains m th t e year we (m hts and ornam s and tinsel w y favourite y twin sister an ere strung from ents then it arrived I remember th d I) received ou wooden beam ... that long-a e po rbed lamps. w er s. And an waited day! Th d re of turkey drift sp onsibility this Instead of com e tantalizing ar ed about. Ther gift gave to m ing up stairs to oma e were Christm e. ribbon candie tuck us in and mothe h r now would as lillies, lychee s, ginger and turn out our lig al lo nu ta w ts bl us , es laden with ht our plum pudding to go up to th be e stairs “lights d and read un mince pies, sh and sauces. A out in five min til she called or tbread, fter the feast, with the soun ut Ye es ar a th ”. s e later, when I w ds of the pian old rooms echo o, carol singing as a parent m ed winner cr ying among family yself, a casual and, later, a ha , “BINGO!”. brought up th conversation pp y e subject of C Those days ar re la yed my bed-la hristmas mem e as alive in m m p m ories and I em y or y. mind as they w treasure the m My mother w ere then. How emories and gi as there and bu I ve thanks for made them po rst into tears an that waas the C those of my fa ssible. d said that to hristmas from mily who her hell. The gove navy income ta rnment had ad x payable for ju st ed da ys po th rt eir ships were s and amount Barbara Mon in Canadian s owing were tgomery deducted from allowances with spouse /family out notice just before Christm To Mom o our slim C as . hristmas was was able to as a nightmare. 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he holiday season is rife with traditions that focus on fun and family. One such testament to the festive spirit of the holiday season is the many homes and businesses decorated with the lights and colors that have become synonymous with the season. For some, decorating for the holiday season can be time-consuming but it doesn't have to be. While decking the halls may not consume as much time as holiday

shopping and wrapping presents. Interior and exterior decorating for the holidays can take more time than you have planned but it can be so much fun to see the results. Holiday decorating includes things as simple as setting up a menorah or as complex as covering the exterior of a home with stringings and strings of lights. Though elaborate displays can take hours to erect, time-crunched holiday celebrants can still create festive, welcoming displays.

sHANG HOLIDAY WREATHS: Holiday enthusiasts without much time to decorate can invest in a couple of holiday wreaths, which can be dressed up as much or as little as you prefer. If you do not have the time to string lights on the house, wrap them around wreaths hung in windows or hang the wreaths on a home’s main entrance. When you want to go with a less traditional route, hang wreaths made of holly, citrus fruits, ribbons, or any other greenery instead of the more customary evergreen wreaths.

location, such as a busy hallway or the foyer of your home. Hang ornaments on clear filament or ribbons from the mantle or within the main window of the house, where they can reflect tree lights and add sparkle.

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incandescent light bulbs well sorted out and desired a way to better advertise his invention, so he decided to make the most of the holiday season and put his light bulbs on display. According to a 2003 article in American Heritage magazine titled "The Wizard of Your Christmas Tree," Edison strung incandescent bulbs all around the compound of his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory. Edison constructed an eight-mile underground wiring system in order to power this grand light display. Because the laboratory was situated along the railroad that passed between Manhattan and Philadelphia, thousands of people were able to see the display. The concept of electric holiday lights took a bit of time to catch on. Edison's friend and associate Edward Johnson was tasked with stringing together colored lights in 1882 and placing them on an evergreen tree. Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs. In 1903, when General Electric began to offer preassembled kits of holiday lights, stringed lights were reserved for the wealthy and electrically savvy. For example, in 1903 a single string of electric lights cost $12, or around $300 today. It would take several more years before holiday lights became a national tradition. Today, illuminated strands of lights have become a large part of holiday celebrations and have even been adopted for use during various year-round events. Such lights can be a beautiful and festive addition to many celebrations.


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hristmas trees are symbols of the holiday season and the spirit of giving that the season champions. Choosing and decorating a Christmas tree is a tradition for many families, and depending on the trees they choose, families may have some work to do to keep their trees glowing all season long. Artificial Christmas trees require little, if any, maintenance. But live Christmas trees, which some people feel are more authentic and welcoming than their artificial counterparts, require daily maintenance. In addition to supplying the tree with water at least once per day, live Christmas tree owners can take these steps to prolong the life of their trees.

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eaving cookies and milk for Santa Claus is a Christmas Eve tradition. Children regularly place a dish of cookies and a glass of milk by the tree on Christmas Eve so that Santa has enough energy to complete all of his gift-giving before kids wake up on Christmas morning. The tradition of leaving cookies out on Christmas Eve may trace its origins to Saint Nicholas. On the feast of St. Nicholas on December 6, children would leave food and drink for the saint and any attendants. The treats would be exchanged for gifts. While thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one theory behind the tradition, others think it is linked to the history of the Christmas tree and the edible decorations that adorn it. Santa would snack on the ornaments. Even after edible decorations gave way to inedible ornaments, the tradition of leaving a snack for Santa remained. Whatever the origins behind the tradition, millions of children dutifully leave milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.


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Cookies for Santa's "Helpers" Santa Sticks 1 loaf (16 ounces) thinly sliced white bread, crusts removed 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened ¾ C confectioners sugar 1 C sugar 1-½ tsp. ground cinnamon ¾ C butter, melted Flatten bread with a rolling-pin. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Spread about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture on each slice of bread. Roll up, jelly roll style. Dip in melted butter, then in cinnamon-sugar. Place on an un-greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Good warm or cold.

Chewy Sugar Cookies 2 3/4 C all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups margarine 2 C white sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 C white sugar for decoration Preheat oven to 350 F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just blended. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Linzertorte Cookies 1/2 C hazelnuts (about 2 1/2 ounces) 1 C blanched almonds (about 5 ounces) 1 1/3 C all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 3/4 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (3/4 cup) 1 C granulated sugar 1 large egg yolk 1 1/4 C raspberry jam Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional) Preheat oven to 350 F. (175 degrees C). Spread hazelnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet; toast, stirring occasionally, until skins begin to split, about 15 minutes. Immediately rub hazelnuts vigorously in a clean kitchen towel to remove skins (as much as will come off easily). Let cool. In a food processor, pulse hazelnuts and almonds until finely ground. (Be careful not to overprocess; you don't want the mixture to become a paste.) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nut mixture; set aside. In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg yolk and beat 1 minute to combine. With mixer on low speed, add ground nuts and flour mixture all at once. Divide dough in half, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into rounds using a cookie cutter. Place cookies onto a cookie sheet spaced 2 inches apart. Count your rounds and use a smaller cookie cutter to cut the center out of half of the cookies. This can be done while the other half of the cookies bakes. Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm and lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool completely. Spread jam on the tops of the solid cookies and top with the cookies that have shapes cut out. Sprinkel with powdered sugar (optional).

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Stuffed with Mascarpone Cheese 3/4 C Mascarpone cheese 2 Tbs. confectioners' sugar 1/8 tsp. white pepper 1 package (7 ounces) dried pitted Mediterranean apricots 12 thin slices prosciutto In a small bowl, combine the cheese, confectioners' sugar and pepper. Cut a slit in each apricot; fill with cheese mixture. Cut each slice of prosciutto in half lengthwise; wrap a piece around each apricot and secure with a toothpick. Place in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 15 15-20 minutes 20 mi m nutes or until heatedd through. thrrouggh. h. Refr Re efr frig iggerat errat a e leftovers. leeft f overs. Yield: 2 dozen. doozen. Refrigerate


hat would the holidays be without entertaining? Playing host or hostess and inviting crowds of people to visit is part of what makes the season so special and memorable. Entertaining can take on many forms - from elaborate sit-down dinners featuring multiple courses to cocktail parties with passed hors d'oeuvres. Small-bite foods are perfect for holiday parties because they're portable and allow guests to take their food with them and mingle. Several appetizers enjoyed together can even be a meal. Appetizers need a solid base onto which the culinary creation can be built. "Cornbread Blinis" offer just that. These small cornmeal "pancakes" are beautiful, sturdy foundation for many canape creations.


Cornbread Blinis

2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives or Italian flat-leaf parsley, optional

Makes 24 1/2 cup good quality, stone-ground yellow cornmeal 1/2 C all-purpose flour 3 Tbs sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 C milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 4 Tbs butter; 2 Tbs melted

In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in the milk, beaten egg, melted butter, and chives (if using). Stir until just combined. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a hot skillet or griddle. When bubbling, add the batter in tablespoonfuls about 1 inch apart. cook the blinis until

bubbles form on top, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook another minute or so, until lightly browned and golden. Remove them to a cooling rack and, if desired, keep warm in an oven heated to its lowest temperature. Use paper towels to wipe away crust giblets or darkened grease from the pan. Repeat the proces with more butter and batter. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. AN ASSORTMENT OF CROSTINIS

Easy Baked Turkey Meatballs

Cranberry Dipping Sauce 1 14-ounce can Jellied Cranberry Sauce 1 12-ounce bottle Chili Sauce Combine sauces in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth.

2 pounds 100% Ground Turkey Breast 1/2 C Unseasoned Breadcrumbs 1/2 C Carrot 1/4 C Onion 2 Eggs 1 Tb.s Italian Seasoning 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Garlic Powder Dash of Red Pepper Flakes (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Finely mince carrot and onion by hand or in a food processor and then combine all ingredients. Use your hands to gently mix. Shape meatballs into 2-tablespoon-sized-balls and place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, checking at 30 minutes to ensure there is no pink in the middle of the meatballs. Cook for 5 more minutes if needed. Serve with dipping sauce.

Pumpernickel Bites Smoked salmon is always a hit at Christmas time, but if you're cooking for vegetarians, cubed beetroot works just as well for this recipe. 1 tbsp freshly chopped dill 60 g (21â &#x201E; 2oz) cream cheese 2 slices pumpernickel bread OR 1 packet of smoked salmon Mix 1tbsp freshly chopped chives and some seasoning into 60g (21â &#x201E;2oz) cream cheese. Spread cheese mixture over 2 slices pumpernickel bread and cut each slice into 9 equal pieces. Top each piece with a few cubes of cooked beetroot (we used vac-packed) or a twist of smoked salmon. Garnish with more chives and serve. Per serving with beetroot: 23 cals, 2g fat (1g saturates), 2g carbs (0g sugars)


You can freeze the meatballs in a plastic bag in the freezer for up to 3 months, letting them defrost in the fridge or microwave before eating.

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Place all ingredients in hot water, stir, pour in cold water, place turkey in brine for 24 hours. Remove from brine and place in fridge for 2 hours before cooking.

Place all ingredients in roasting tray, place turkey on top and roast. After turkey is cooked place on wire rack to rest. Put roasting tray on flame and add .5lt of red wine , 1 tbsp of tomato puree . Reduce the stock until it has sauce consistency , take off and strain into saucepan. Put back on heat and whisk in 100g of cubed hard butter one piece at a time, add 10g of thyme .

PERFECT ROAST TURKEY (from the Martha Stewart archives.... it's still our go to recipe for a super deluxe turkey with crisp, golden brown skin and an incredible aroma) 1.5 cups unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp. 1 bottle dry white wine 2 tsp salt 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper Directions: Combine melted butter and white wine in a bowl. Fold a large piece of cheesecloth into quarters and cut into 17", 4 layer square. Immerse cheesecloth in the butter and wine; let soak. After preparing your turkey for cooking (see more tips below), lift cheesecloth out of liquid and squeeze lightly, leaving it very damp. Spread it evenly over the turkey and about 1/2 way down the sides. Place in oven and after 30 mins, baste the cheesecloth and exposed parts of turkey with butter and wine. Continue to cook for 2.5 hrs, basting every 30 mins. Remove cheesecloth after the 3rd hour of cooking and continue final cooking.

STUFFING RECIPE 1 loaf of your favourite bread 1 carrot (finely diced) 1 onion (finely diced) 3 sticks of celery (peeled and finely diced) 2 crushed gloves of garlic 50 g butter 50 g cranberries 50 g thyme 50 g sage .25 L chicken stock Saute all vegetables and cranberries in butter add herbs. Cut bread into 1 inch pieces , add to veg and herbs , add chicken stock, place in baking tray cover with parchment paper and tin foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 mins , let to rest for 15 mins , ready to serve. >

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Tips BRUSSEL SPROUTS, PORK BELLY AND MUSTARD GLAZE Cure mix per 1lb pork belly 100 gr kosher salt 250 gr white granulated sugar 20 gr coriander seeds 20 gr fennel seeds 5 bay leaves 15 gr black peppercorn 10 gr juniper berries Toast all the spices (coriander + fennel + bay leaves + black peppercorn), let them cool down and mix with the sugar and salt. Dust very well the belly with the mix, place it on a plastic container for 48hrs in the fridge, after that rinse under cool water to take off the excess of mix. COOK THE BELLY: Boil 2lt of pork stock, place the pork belly in a dutch oven or oven-safe pot with a lid. Set the oven to 200 F / 93 C for 5-6hrs until soft. Let it cool down, take it out the liquid and let set in the fridge for 12 hr, cut it into lardons.

LARDONS; also called lardoon, larding needle or larding, is a small strip or cube of pork fat (usually subcutaneous fat) used in a wide variety of cuisines to flavor savory foods and salads.

MUSTARD GLAZE: 1/4 C honey 1/4 C dijon mustard 1/4 C brown sugar 10gr butter soft Mix all until a smooth sauce is reached.

BRUSSEL SPROUTS: 6oz brussel sprouts 3oz pork belly lardons 2 tbsp mustard glaze 2-3gr Grana padano grated neutral oil, for frying, as needed Clean the brussel sprouts and cut in half. Set up a 14qt pot half-way with oil at 375 oF/ 191 oC. Deep-fry the lardons until crispy. After deep fry the brussel sprouts until golden brown. Put everything into a mixing bowl straight out the deep fryer when is nice and hot, place in the mixing bowl the brussel sprout + lardons + mustard glaze, salt to seasoning. add the grated parmesan and that is all!!!


Fresh turkeys are always better than frozen

Buy thve smallest or largest turkey possible to fulfill your family needs.

FALSE: A fresh turkey bought directly from the farmer himself who farms organically is of course the best. However many of us do not have the luxury of an excellent local farmer. A typical grocery store fresh turkey is one that is killed within two weeks of the holiday and partially frozen to a depth of one or two inches before being shipped to retailers. They usually sell for a lot more than the frozen turkey, which is frozen solid within hours of being killed. You control the freshness and tenderness of the frozen turkey yourself by defrosting and then aging it four to five days before Thanksgiving.

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(Otherwise it will be dry, tough, take much longer to cook, and squeak when you slice it. In fact, if you can't buy the frozen bird five to seven days in advance, it is probably better to buy a fresh bird.) Defrost and age your frozen bird in your refrigerator. Remove the plastic bag and keep the turkey covered with a moist towel. When defrosted, remove the giblets and neck from the turkey cavities. You can then simmer them until done on top of the stove. This can be done a couple days ahead of Thanksgiving. Use the giblets for soup, or in the stuffing, and/or added to the gravy.

WINTER PEAR AND SHALLOT JAM 75 gr shallots small diced 750 ml apple cider vinegar 25 gr brown sugar 100 gr pear diced and seedless 15 gr honey 15 gr butter Place the vinegar and honey in pot and reduce by half. Add shallots and butter and turn down to low heat and cook for 20 mins. covered. Add the sugar and cook for 15 mins on low heat covered. Add the pears and cook for around 20 mins over medium low heat, stirring constantly until pears are a little bit soft, do not over cook.

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Do not stuff. If you like certain ďŹ&#x201A;avours, you can obtain that using your brine or basting or a small amount of onion, celery etc. in the turkey cavity, but only a small amount. Dry dressing will tend to pull moisture from the meat, and a wet mixture will tend to steam the bird. The dressing will also adversely change cooking times making real 'guess work' regarding ďŹ nish times. It is best to bake your stufďŹ ng in a casserole during the last 45 mins of cooking time. Baste the stufďŹ ng with the turkey juices to ensure the same taste as 'in-turkey baked'.


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Haywire Gamay Noir 2014 Okanagan The team found a tiny amount of Gamay Noir that cried out to be bottled on its own. Open top fermenters, manual punch downs and a little time in old French oak barrels created a wine with bright red fruit that leads to raspberry, strawberry and cherry with gentle tannins. A refreshing red wine!

Cedar Creek Pinot Noir 2014 Okanagan This Pinot Noir is made from ďŹ ve different blocks and then blended to complete his special treatment. Cropped differently. Harvested as much as three weeks apart,Fermented with 100% wild yeas and aged in separate French barrels for 14 months. This wine has strawberries and plums on the nose, in the mouth a little blueberry with elegant acidity and good mouth feel.

Unsworth Vineyard Sauvignette 2015 Cowichan Valley â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bright lemon yellow with golden highlights. On the nose, white pear and pineapple are interlaced with honeycomb, followed by mouth-watering citrus, delicate spice, and notes of toast on the palate. A dry, rich white with racy acidity, this barrel-fermented wine is delicious now but will beneďŹ t with added ageingâ&#x20AC;?

January 15 at 11:00 am HAMELIN, A NEW FABLE



February 8 at 8:00 pm STARMAN:


February 26 at 7:30 pm KIRAN AHLUWALIA

Sea Cider Wild English Saanichton

Breast Up or Breast Down? Roast your turkey Breast Down on the rack in a shallow roasting pan or broiler pan for best results. This is very important as roasting breast down will allow the dark meat to be in the hottest part of the oven (the top) where it will cook faster. It will also allow the natural juices to be gathered in the white meat, rather than collecting in the bottom of the cavity. Turn the turkey Breast Up for the last hour to brown and crisp the skin.

Wild English is derived from the spontaneous wild yeast fermentation of English bittersweet cider apples grown at Sea Cider, including Dabinetts and Chisel Jerseys. This sparkling amber cider is ultra-dry, robust and earthy, with distinctive tannins in the traditional Herefordshire style.

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Holiday Gifts

...for him ...for her ...for you!

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oliday gifts these days are a little more involved than a pair of socks or pajamas, what with drones and all, so it’s not too early to draw up your shopping list. And while you’re shopping for everyone else, why not treat yourself too? Here’s a round-up of must-have gifts for 2016:


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... for her s 0LUSH VELVET IS HAVING A MOMENT THIS season, especially in shoes. Deck her out in Anne Kleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Henrika peep-toed pump with block heels in burgundy.

s &ROM TAPESTRY PRINTS TO DESIGNER COLOURS A PAIR OF LOAFERS ARE the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shoe of the season, whether paired with pencil skirts or boyfriend jeans. Buy your honey Tory Burchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gemini Link loafers, a patent leather style with a stacked mid-heel. ships to Canada. s (ELP HER REACH HER DAILY   step goal with the newest ďŹ tness tracker, the super-slim Fitbit Flex 2. This swim-proof model tracks how you move and sleep and alerts you to calls and texts. Accessorize the removable tracker with sleek bangles and pendants. Starts at $99.95.

s (ELP THE ENVIRONMENT SCORE A COOL GIFT (AND CRAFTED BY artisans, handbags by Ono Creations use natural, vegan materials like the Stelo Shoulder bag made of cork and tencel accented with sturdy gold-brass hardware. $320.

s )N THE ECO MINDED SPIRIT OF THE SEASON buy her an exquisite robe stitched together from a pastiche of colorful, reclaimed saris and produced by a trade co-op in India. No two robes are alike. ships to Canada

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... for him s 4IMBERLAND BOOTS ARENT JUST FOR CONSTRUCTION SITES anymore. OutďŹ t him with a pair of limited edition red walkers, to add an edge to his date night ensemble. Available across Canada.

s &OR THE BEER LOVER GIFT HIM WITH A SIX PACK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of beer soap that is. Rinse, lather, repeat with these six bars of soap handmade with six varieties of beer, including pumpkin ale and chocolate stout, along with feel-good oils for the skin. ships to Canada.

s'IVEHIMHISATHLEISURElXWITH4OMMY Bahamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pro-Formance half-zip hoodie and jogger pants. The herringbone print and details like a nylon hood and front pockets will make this his weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend. No duty charges for shipment to Canada.

s *APANESE DESIGNER 4AKA (AYASHI HAS GIVEN US another collaboration with Vans, featuring a lowtop sneaker made of taupe leather and suede for an uber-cool monochrome style with a pop of contrast rust in the midsole.

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s 4HE (- (OME #OLLECTION WILL BRING a smile to your face with shaped, ďŹ&#x201A;atbottomed porcelain mugs for a favourite morning beverage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merry and Brightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knowâ&#x20AC;? cheekily adorn the set in red print. $7.99. H&M stores.

s)TSSTILLNOTTOOLATETOJOINTHE!PPLE7ATCHPARTY Prices are dropping for the timepiece, and when paired with an iPhone lets you listen to music, check email and make phone calls. and in stores.

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE NEW FAIRMONT EMPRESS Fairmont Empress embodies the spirit of the season with a variety of festive winter activities! DECEMBER 1-25: FESTIVE DESK | 10am – 7pm ‘Tis the season to give and receive, so treat yourself to sweet and savoury delights, as well as hampers and gift cards for your special loved ones. DECEMBER 17-18 & 24-25: CHRISTMAS CAROLS | 3pm – 5pm Fill your heart with joy and fill your belly with timeless tradition of afternoon tea, treats, and uplifting carols of the season. DECEMBER 18-22: CANDY WONDERLAND | 2pm – 6pm Explore our incredible life sized gingerbread house and rediscover the magic of Christmas, starting with decorating your own gingerbread man! $25 per family of four DECEMBER 24: MEET MRS. CLAUS | &#/ &#/ &# Bring the family to meet Santa Claus’ lovely wife for a special reading of Christmas stories while everybody snuggles up to enjoy milk and cookies. Free event

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CONTINUE THE FESTIVITIES AT FAIRMONT EMPRESS Celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year in style at Fairmont Empress. Bid adieu to 2016 and begin 2017 the right way with impeccable service, inventive cuisine, live music, dancing and, of course, plenty of champagne to celebrate the most important night of the year.

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Jack Knox Columnist, Times Colonist

Santa's slow ride through Greater Victoria


was the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; Victorians were nestled all snug in their beds, While dreams from their pot shops danc’d in their heads, And Mama in her Lulus, and I in my jammies, Had dozed off while watching Housewives of Miami When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I lurched off the couch to see what was the matter. Away to the window I stumbled and fell, Tripped over the dog, and let out a yell. The moon hit the puddles of new fallen rain, (“Awesome, it’s wet”; I cursed Ed Bain.) When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, drawn by eight urban deer, With a little old driver, so dapper and grey, I knew in a moment he must be from Oak Bay. At a sedate 30 klicks his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name: “Now! Rudolph, now! Bambi, now! Buck the Creep, You ate all my roses, now earn your keep.” “To the top of Mt. Tolmie! To the top of the wall! We must soar over the Colwood Crawl!” As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, These eight urban deer, they rose to the sky; The sleigh, it sounded like Rumbles arriving, But the man at the reins — who was this driving? It wasn’t St. Nick, that much was sure, This guy wore Gore-Tex, not Santa’s white fur;

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And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The Birkenstocked feet of that little goof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney this gentleman came with a bound: “I had to take over, Santa got stuck in the McTavish crop circles, such was his luck. For so bad is our Island traffic these days; that even St. Nick gets caught in the maze. Santa’s eyes might have twinkled! His dimples stayed merry, But his face, it turned as red as Don Cherry’s. He tried for Esquimalt, for Hurricane Ridge, but found himself trapped on the Johnson Street Bridge. He turned toward Duncan, said ‘let’s get there stat’ But found his path blocked by a crash on the ’Hat. The commute through View Royal was a similar case, the road thick with sailors going to work at the base. When stopped at McKenzie, he slumped in his seat, threw up his hands, admitted defeat. ‘Too bad for the kids, I’m going to be late, The Swartz Bay ferries have a three-sailing wait.’” This story my Oak Bay fellow relayed, Tho really he did not look all that dismayed. “I’m happy to do Santa’s duties this year, (he shouldn’t be flying; that wasn’t root beer). The speed doesn’t bug me, I’m used to this pace, Life lasts a bit longer when it’s not a race.” And I heard him exclaim, ere he eased out of sight — Happy Christmas to all, and to all a slow night. (With apologies to Clement Moore).


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Celebrating the Season!

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Celebrating the Season!