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READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE YULETIDE STORIES
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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.
Event at Playzone.
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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
28TH ANNUAL OUT OF HAND ARTISAN FAIR CrystalGardens
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.
25TH ANNUAL VICTORIA FESTIVAL OF TREES
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.
gvpl.ca 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.
sofmc.com 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.”
marywinspear.ca 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.
rmts.bc.ca 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.
ieoa.ca 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.
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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.
peninsulacelebrations.ca 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!
rmts.bc.ca 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. jerrygranelli.com
victoriachildrenschoir.ca 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.
nadenband.ca Dec. 9&10, 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m.
A SENTIMENTAL CHRISTMAS Royal Theatre Enjoy a dose of holiday cheer
rmts.bc.ca 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 rmts.bc.ca
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.
THIS LITTLE LIGHT
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.
uvic.ca 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!
vcm.bc.ca 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!
YELLOWPOINT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
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.
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.
ROCK N ROLL CHRISTMAS
MAMMA MIA! FAREWELL TOUR
The Legends of Rock n’ Roll presents two great attractions on >
Dec.10, 3 p.m.& 7 p.m.; Dec. 11, 3 p.m.
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
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 legendsofrocknroll.com.
rmts.bc.ca 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.
rmts.bc.ca 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!
victoriasymphony.ca Dec. 21 to 23, performances at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
THE FIRST CHRISTMAS NATIVITY PAGEANT Topaz Park
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Presented by local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and friends. A live outdoor Nativity Pageant . Performers and live animals transform the park for a few unforgettable moments that will keep the real meaning of Christmas in your heart forever.
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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.
Nov. 25 - 27
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When I was a young girl , I would stare at the sno w globes displayed in the stores around the holida y time. The scenes in eac h globe usually represent old-fashioned Christmas ed an with the tiny ﬁgures (seem ingly friendly folk) enjoyi season. ng the I was enrapt, wondering what it would be like to actually live in that par ticu place. It was an ideal wo lar rld to me, a sheltered wo rld where nothing bad cou happen. ld Many years back, I bought a snow globe, one depicti ng a family from the Vic era, decorating a tree out torian side their home. The glo be would light up, play, You a Merry Christmas”, “We Wish and the “snow” would ﬂoa t all around the little ﬁgu It was so beautiful! It doe res. sn’t work as well as it use d to but it’s still beautiful me and my family and we to continue to display our sno w globe each Christmas. become par t of our decora It has ting tradition. I’m not a young girl any more, but I still have tha t longing to live in a wo marred by hatred and vio rld not lence, where the spirit of Ch ristmas lives forever. Tha longing was the inspiratio t n for this poem.
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
Hubick Pauline Panter-
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.
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6:The Christmas doll Christmas, 1953. A small town 50 . kilometres east of Toronto â€” 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. Santaâ€™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 â€œhow w wonderful, three dolls.â€? 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, â€œwouldnâ€™t it be nice to give one to her!â€? Thanks Nana for teaching me the Joy of Giving!
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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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On Dec. 9, 1996 , my husband ďŹ nally left and never came ba ck. I always told my kids that Santa was all the people that give to th e poor at Christmas. Well, that year the kids took su ch a long time op ening gift afte r gift â€“ clothes, art stuf f, toys. This was not the only Christm as, I had to ha ve the Christmas Bure au. But they helped put smiles on m kids faces for ye y ars after. I than k them all today for the smiles on my kids faces that I couldnâ€™t afford to do.
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I was excited For Christmas 20 The gift exchan their celebratio in in jo rly ge to s ea er ge as ith w w Sm ho as in w an ’s on w im portant part of in-la celebration. ld grands n Determined our ith a two-year-o to be a part of to be present w ye ar I ha ed it, the previous re d it. ca ag vis re ily s fu pp a’ lly nt ha I Sa cu , g t small blotters anticipatin my shopping and sizes, from of various shap basically ﬁnished the clean, outs es store in a nearby t en Although I was rtm ide edges of a pa bl de ot l te ca ng r lo ki fr a o om oc to st it discarded e m vis ut y a in fa in -m th st er la em ’s th w de fe in a jo sk . I wrapped an to them, one for pick up d labelled mpany each member re I planned to er, we parted co of the family. community whe th ge to g D e. ad sin tim dy d ow te m br e us na t sig tim ha a de r ve a te at w itnessed this sa stuffers. 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Prov rrifying extrav which le be l time chatting am lly ft e na th agance m sio e ed ca w ss oc ith pa only 15 cents of them arm would the list, but m for the rest of bags security door al k e ec th ch t, y en to ill t us nm en ai tr ation was so el entert security ag couldn’t resist. egant that I annoyed, turn caused the With the help the sometimes g set off which in in w lo of an older sis al re gr fo ea be s te el s. r rc m ise pa at ter with em hm id pr atical skills than leave the and verify pa mine, I chose for eveer yone. would ed customers to he ss if d rra ar ba gu a gift em y rit es sometim d the secu For Jean, a ﬁv dn’t had e bell ringer aske ha th e t, sh in po as e ees on ce ut nt crotchet bo At a few min erasers for ﬁve ok, three ringing the er the kettle for cents for Nita ed and star ted mind taking ov re ag ily , Merle and Pa ad nd re ki r an He ei d e. th w e tim ith ad e m m th t so e ey remaining nick folks as th a break for el, two pencils Daddy g and thanking d ilin sm an , d for lly Ke rfu lly ee . A separate or bells ch der sheet mad out in my very er hurried om st cu g . e in ns ok ow lo tio n name was in dona anxious cluded in my mother’s or wever, a rather doors into the e th h ug de ro r, th Before long, ho g w ith a request th dashin purcha at my h ses be put in ade a run for it t, the new Sally past us, then m a separate enve ithout a though W s. m e ar th al l ng al la ui f rs be of lo pu l lle pe and ng n, d tti w tio se , ith ac et to m re y name. What dark st sprang in mail-order cler in this compu d the bells and pe op dr er k lp te he r age would trou Ann or. ble to comply with such a re about the through the do ry or w to n qu ga es be suspected thief t? dI r some time, an T e money or Th tions. I decided He was gone fo der was purcha generous dona e th of ll fu t, sed and the realized I or po en d r was on its de ey th on e, m ey l d fu de ch at w way. The seve unguar a ep ke to e ttl nke e day waiting pe th r rio to d was almost to move closer more than a sm -be thief myself. ld ou em w th a co ve all girl be u ul ga d to ly bear but the bi tentative might appear g parcel ﬁnally up the bells and ve ed ga ck d I pi w an arrived. ly as ge us no io an t allowed to w So I caut d by with ch atch while it w sitive po a donor stoppe is be on th in So as g by e. op ed ak en ag sh ed for fear I w a little ing encour ould glimpse iastically some of the su tmas smile. Feel us ris th en Ch e m or ar m w a tle rprises. But af me bells a lit ter an agonizing wai anking folks ted ringing the t outside my pa response, I star e spirit of it all th th in up ht rig rent’s door, ht ug m ca y ow as w n order was brou tmas. and soon ght to me inta eckout very Merry Chris ch a in ng em lo its th e g ct th en in h ve ish ug lope, labelled and w ay thro with my name. ds made their w oaching me pr N o Ap C e. hr ac ist pl By and by, my ki g m as since has ev meetin , er been ded toward our queried, “Mom q ite so specia qu line and procee d, my daughter l! xe le rp r pe ge t rin ha ll ew be m al so in d ig an or e wide- eyed to explain, th ing? ” As I tried as relieved to Carmen Moore what are you do tion. 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When I think of our familyâ€™s Christmases, I enjoy remembe ring the numerous memories they stir up. Although we didnâ€™t have the ďŹ nances for an elaborate Chr istmas for our three da ughters, we tr ied to make it a sp ecial time for them in our home. It star ted with their dad brin ging home a Christ mas tree â€“ no ta mighty pine, bu t a sturdy (we thought) little tree ready to be decorated with the help of th e children â€“ the little one includ ed, happily stringi ng the treeâ€™s branches with streamers. When it was be dtime and the girls were safely tucked into their beds, we carefully put th eir presents unde r the tree, hopi ng they would en joy what each received. During the nigh t, I occasionally awoke and he ard a â€œpingâ€? fr om below, but it di dnâ€™t bother m e, our old home had many stra nge noises! The next soun d was our child ren jumping on ou r bed to awak en us so they coul d go downsta irs to see if Santa ha d really come to our place. So up we got, and down we went, downsta irs to ďŹ nd that our tree had sh o ed all of its pi ne needles. It was n completely ba re! There was abso lute silence fo r a few momen ts, and then ou r little one pipe d up â€œBut Sant a was here!â€? And th at solved ever yt hing! We ended up with another very happy Christm as.
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Consider ...All Year Long MARK AND JILL ENJOY A FRESH BOWL OF SOUP.
olunteering is a wonderful way for people of all ages to give back to their communities. While volunteers generally offer their time and skills in an attempt to help others, volunteering also helps the volunteers in various ways. According to Child Trends, a nonproﬁt research organization focused on improving the lives and prospects of children and their families, studies have shown that adolescents who volunteer are less likely to become pregnant or use drugs than teens who do not volunteer. In addition, Child Trends notes that kids who are involved in community service or volunteer in political activities are more likely than non-volunteers to have a strong work ethic as adults. And the beneﬁts of volunteering are not exclusive to youngsters. A 2013 study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that adults over 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely than non-volunteers to develop high blood pressure. That’s a signiﬁcant ﬁnding, as high blood pressure has been linked to both heart disease and stroke. Finding the right volunteering opportunity can make the experience of volunteering even more enjoyable. When examining potential volunteering opportunities, prospective volunteers can consider a host of factors to ﬁnd the right ﬁt for them.
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OUR PLACE ...How You Can Help There are so many moments when we look at our lives and feel blessed: family, friends, good health, and a comfortable home. And in those moments, we often think about charity, ways to give back, to say thanks for the lives we live. What a lot of us donâ€™t realize is how easy it actually is to make a difference in someoneâ€™s life. At Our Place, we look after hundreds of vulnerable people every day, and often it starts with a simple smile and nod of hello from a volunteer as he/she serves up a warm bowl of oatmeal or steaming cup of coffee. For someone who has spent the night huddled in a doorway or in a tent, you would be amazed at what that genuine moment of welcome means to them. Our Place has volunteers who have been with us for years, decades even, and who have come to know our family members (a term of affection we use for everyone who walks through our doors) as their family, too. At Christmas time, we often get people wanting to volunteer for a day, which is great, but we really need people who are willing to commit to staying with us for a while, and who can help out in those cold, winter months when the family has so little to look forward to. It only takes a few hours a week to make a lasting impact. And as we are open from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., seven days per week, there are lots of opportunities to ďŹ nd a shift that works best for you. Another easy way to give back is through something most of us take for granted, and that is clean underwear and socks. As you can imagine, if you are living outdoors, especially when itâ€™s raining, clean, dry socks and underwear become a precious commodity. These are the two items we hand out the most on a daily basis, and are easy to pick up the next time you go shopping at Wal-Mart or Costco. Simply drop them off at the reception area of Our Place, 919 Pandora Avenue, any time day or night. Our security staff works 24-7. At Our Place, we like to say that everything that comes in goes straight back out to the family. We never charge for anything, so every donated piece of clothing or hygiene product goes directly to someone in need. We are especially looking for menâ€™s clothing: jeans, shoes, shirts, T-shirts, warm coats, etc. Plus rain gear, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, all the types of things one needs to survive outdoors. We also need ďŹ nancial donations. Our Place exists because of our donors, and we simply couldnâ€™t keep our doors open without your generosity. Last year, we served close to 700,000 meals to hungry people, and that was in large part due to ďŹ nancial donations from our supporters. Every donation helps, no matter the size. Donations can be dropped off at Our Place or easily made online by visiting: ourplacesociety.com. And, if possible, we would love to see you become a monthly donor as that helps us budget year-round. Thank you for thinking of Our Place. For more info go to: ourplacesociety.com
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THE MUSTARD SEED STREET CHURCH ...Your Support Will Help We have been essential in ﬁghting hunger and restoring faith to a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in greater Victoria since 1975. The Church ministries are nearly 100 percent community funded and include Vancouver Island’s largest food bank, a family center, hospitality programs, and addictions recovery at Hope Farm Healing Centre as well as more traditional church services. The Mustard Seed positively impacts, on average, 5,000 individuals per month with more than 50 volunteers keeping things running on a daily basis! Your ﬁnancial donation to The Mustard Seed will assist us to reach our fundraising goals for 2016 and empower us to build capacity with our warehouse in Esquimalt. Research completed by the Victoria Foundation and Food Share Network estimates that approximately 20,000 people currently access charitable food assistance in the CRD. This work identiﬁed an additional 30,000 people experiencing food insecurity who do not currently access emergency food services through a non-proﬁt agency. The Mustard Seed Food Security Ministry expansion is expecting to receive large amounts of quality food that The Mustard Seed Street Church and Food Share Network partners will be able to connect to all food insecure people living in the CRD.
VICTORIA COOL AID SOCIETY ...Helping Build Homes, Lives and Community BY ALAN RYCROFT
A recent study found that on the night of February 10, 2016, there were at least 1,387 people experiencing homelessness in Greater Victoria. More homes and support services are needed to successfully house these neighbours if Victoria is to become the community we all want – where everyone has access to safe housing, nutritious food and the health care they need. Victoria Cool Aid Society provides more services for people who are homeless and vulnerable than any other local organization, helping over 9,000 people annually with housing, emergency shelter, nutritious meals, primary health and dental care, employment and volunteer work, healthy recreation, and learning opportunities for life and job skills.
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Your support will enable the development of a regional food hub, in which food will be collected from participating stores, gleaned and cleaned at our new warehouse facility operated by The Mustard Seed Street Church and then sent out to Food Share Network partners for distribution to food insecure neighbours in our community as well as directly to the 5,000 individuals we impact monthly from our current location on 625 Queens Ave. We are excited to continue working closely with other nonproďŹ t agencies in the city to increase the amount, quality and diversity of food currently being offered from us to them. The Mustard Seed Street Church, through partnership with other members of the Food Share Network, will continue to strive to build a stronger, brighter and food-secure future for all of our neighbours living in our community. Please support us this Christmas as we launch this major community initiative improving the lives of thousands struggling with low to no income. For more info go to: mustardseed.ca
WENDY FROM COOL AIDâ€™S LABOUR POOL WITH WORKER BLAINE SPARVEY.
Did you know, for example, that Cool Aid operates a casual labour pool? For the past ten years, Blaine has been ďŹ nding work using Cool Aidâ€™s Labour Pool; earning income, learning new skills and building conďŹ dence. He has been able to secure near full-time work through the Labour Pool, jokingly stated that, â€œI am so busy nowâ€Ś maybe itâ€™s time for a vacation!â€? But joking aside, Blaine has worked hand-inhand with Cool Aid to get off the streets and into safe housing, build a steady stream of employment, and ďŹ nd a community that cares and supports him. See Blaineâ€™s short video at YouTube.com/ VicCoolAid >
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How can you help people like Blaine? Hire them! Unlike other similiar businesses, Cool Aidâ€™s Casual Labour Pool takes no cut from the workersâ€™ wages and charges no fees to employers, which include businesses and home owners â€“ anyone needing a worker. So next time your business is short staffed, or you need a skilled worker to help around your home or garden, contact Wendy at 250-595-8619 or labour@CoolAid.org. Christmas lights anyone? (As well, the Labour Pool is in need of warm and dry winter clothing to give away.) There are a lot of services we can only provide thanks to our amazing volunteers. Opportunities exist primarily with Cool Aid emergency shelters and support services. Check volunteer postings at CoolAid.org/volunteer or contact Erin Gallagher at egallagher@CoolAid.org or 250-383-1951 to explore options. Cool Aid helps the young and old, and everyone in between.
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LOADING UP DINNER FOR DELIVERY TO SENIORS. COOL AID HOUSES, FEEDS AND SUPPORTS 113 SENIORS IN THREE OF OUR 11 APARTMENT BUILDINGS (COOLAID.ORG/HOUSING).
If you are considering a gift now, or in your will, to help people suffering from homelessness, mental health challenges, addictions, head injuries and trauma, there are many places to put your dollars to work, for example: s 4HE LABOUR POOL VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND OTHER support services need your help now. s #OOL !IDS %VERY 3TEP #OUNTS RUNNING AND walking program relies almost entirely on private donations. s $ONATIONS TO OUR SHELTERS HELP PEOPLE THROUGH drop-in programming, hot meals, advocacy and community participation. s 2ECREATION AND LIFE SKILL PROGRAMS AT THE Downtown Community Centre need donations to help us develop more opportunities for our participants. Can your business sponsor a program? s #ONTRIBUTIONS TO #OOL !ID %NDOWMENT &UNDS provide investment returns in perpetuity to ďŹ‚exibly support community needs. For more info go to: coolaid.org
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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.
s HANG 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.
s DECORATE WITH ORNAMENTS: Ornaments are not exclusive to Christmas trees. Fill a vase or bowl with metallic ornaments and place it in a prominent
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s BRING IN MORE GREENERY: Drape evergreen boughs on staircase handrailings or on the mantle, use greenery to frame doorways. The scent will be inviting and things instantly will look more festive. s USE THROWS AND DECORATIVE PILLOWS: Change the look of a room with holiday-colored decor if you do not want to clutter the space with knickknacks. A red and green blanket draped over the sofa can
SIMPLE WAYS TO DRESS UP YOUR HOME HANG ORNAMENTS ON CLEAR FILAMENT OR RIBBON FROM THE MANTLE OR WITHIN THE MAIN WINDOW OF THE HOUSE, WHERE THEY CAN REFLECT TREE LIGHTS AND ADD SPARKLE.
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he tradition of Christmas lights stretches back to early modern Germany when people used candles to decorate Christmas trees in Christian homes. Those candles were harbingers of what would come when electric lights replaced gas and other open ďŹ‚ame illuminating devices that were commonplace prior to the 20th century. Thomas Edison, the inventor of the ďŹ rst successful practical light bulb, also created the ďŹ rst strand of electric lights that would be used in holiday decorating. By 1880, Edison had standard
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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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Tips to Prolong the Life of your Christmas tree
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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