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Laugh! At Christmas, all our families are dysfunctional

We hosted Christmas day/dinner for my parents/aunt and cousins.  Perfect blog material. My parents have been divorced for 30 years. They’re only here because I began refusing to run between their two homes for Christmas. If they want to see us, they’re welcome to come to my house. So far, no one’s refused. My daughter […]

Fleeting images of the season

One of the best things about the holidays is the ability to take some time, listen to stories, visit with friends and make some memories. For me, nothing says Christmas like the late Alan Maitland of the CBC reading the O Henry story Gift of the Magi. It’s about a young, married couple and the […]

The sister who stole Christmas

I stole Christmas from my brother one year. He still resents me for it. But I didn’t steal as much from him as I did from myself. It was about 4.00 in the morning. Christmas Eve. I’d been sitting by the tree for about an hour. I’d already opened half the presents – but it […]

A fresh look at Christmas movies (or: who’s your favourite Scrooge?)

The promos for classic Christmas shows are coming on TV again like old friends. This is something I would miss if I didn’t have cable and relied solely on the Internet for my programmes – the anticipation of waiting to see when Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was coming on. Or Santa Claus is Coming […]

Dripping fat? Deciphering my holiday wreath

The wreath went up on the front door a few days ago, replacing the three pieces of Indian corn tied with ribbons I’d hung there for fall. It’s lovely and full, with evergreen, holly and pine cones entwined around a base of twigs. Fairly traditional, but with a modern feel to it. While presumably the […]

Night driving to the edge of the falls

When I want to be alone sometimes, I take a drive. One of my all-time favourites was a midnight run to Niagara Falls. Here’s a description of that drive slightly edited from an article I wrote for the Independent on Sunday. One evening, between Christmas and New Year, I wanted to escape the hustle of […]

Jingles, they’ll get you singing

Already the Christmas commercials are out. And with them, the Christmas jingles. It’s too early – I don’t want those earworms in my head for the next month and a half. But now that the topic of crass commercialization is in my mind, it’s made me think of some of the commercial jingles that formed […]


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