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Holidays News

Op-Ed: ‘Tis the season to go green — How to recycle old holiday cards

Every year we receive dozens of holiday cards from family and friends. What can we do with them after the holidays are over?

Mayor de Blasio and wife open Gracie Mansion for Halloween party

New York City - Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, decided to join in the Halloween fun this year by inviting all, via twitter, to Gracie Mansion for Halloween delights on Oct 28.

UK tourism sector third in customer satisfaction index

The tourism sector in the UK is outperforming other industries in terms of customer satisfaction and experience, according to the latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI).

Despite Middle East turmoil Turkey is still a tourist destination

The terror treat from the Middle East may be expected to have had a negative impact on tourism in the area but reports from tourist boards show this isn't true for neighbouring Turkey as 42 million are expected to visit the country by the end of the year.

Holiday trading not just a religious issue in NSW

Tensions are building in NSW over the issue of shopping on public holidays which some argue should be observed with the closure of businesses.

NBC's next live musical event will be 'Peter Pan,' cast TBA

After the ratings success of "The Sound of Music," the execs at NBC have decided that the network's next live musical event will be "Peter Pan."

Op-Ed: I resolve not to make New Year's resolutions

We make them. We break them. Maybe some of us even fake them. They are New Year's resolutions. And yes, it is that time of year again.

Sugar and alcohol during the holidays Special

If there is one thing I love about the holidays, it is all the sweets laid out on bright colored trays and dishes. And if there is one thing I despise at the holidays, it is that tempting desire to try every last one.

TopFinds: Bringing holiday cheer to seniors, saving dolphins

Find out how volunteers are helping spread the Christmas joy to low-income seniors. A viral video shows a woman being attacked by a cat after kicking snow in the animal's face. We investigate how to save dolphins in Japan. Welcome to TopFinds.

Holiday health tips

The holiday season is a time of merriment. However, there are a number of health issues that are more prevalent or where the risks can be higher this time of year. Some of the key issues are outlined below.

Photo Essay: Candy Cane Lane Special

Edmonton - Candy Cane Lane is an annual Christmas tradition in Edmonton. Every year people come to the west end neighbourhood of Crestwood to see the lights and decorations.

Home Theatre for the Holidays Special

A well designed family room with a home entertainment system will add value to your home, your lifestyle and décor. Simply put, great solutions can be designed and you don’t need to live beyond your means.

Op-Ed: Being Jewish at Christmas

It isn't the "most wonderful time of the year" for some of us. For the many who don't celebrate Christmas, it's just like any other time of the year.

Uber makes special Christmas offer: We'll bring the tree to you

The makers of the trendy smartphone app Uber are spreading holiday cheer. While the app is usually used to hire a car for transporting a person, the Uber team rolled out a limited time offer that brought Christmas trees right to the customer's door.

Op-Ed: 'Tis the season to be kind. Thoughts on true meaning of Christmas

It happened: That moment where the timing of today's date (Dec. 1) caught me completely off guard. It's December and like so many who can relate, I'm already feeling the time crunch, with Christmas only a few weeks away.

Op-Ed: Selecting the perfect celebratory beverage Special

Guerneville - If you are planning for the New Year and other holiday season parties, you do not have to import your Champagne from France.

Bad Santa! Man working as mall Santa arrested for pinching elf

Hanover - A 62-year-old man who was working at a Massachusetts mall was arrested after allegedly pinching the rear end of an 18-year-old woman who was working as an elf.

'Thor' wins again but 'The Best Man Holiday' surprises

Sometimes blockbusters can overshadow those nice surprises at the box office. It is often those nice surprises that add zest as the numbers are tallied.

Amazon releasing own set top box in time for holidays

Amazon.com has been trying to take on competitors like Netflix for months now with its Instant Video Service. The company appears to be taking on Apple TV as well.

Op-Ed: Traveling is more than just going somewhere

Millions of people change their location everyday. Some do it for love. Some do it for work. Some to hide. Some to seek. But that's not traveling

Spanish police gear up for 'summer of crime' with extra staff

Madrid - Spain is a pretty safe country to visit, with only one in every thousand tourists likely to be affected by petty crime. However, the country is deploying over 29,000 police officers to ensure tourists' safety and security during July and August.

Op-Ed: Mothers Day — What do actual mothers think of this holiday? Special

Mothers Day has come again. Commercialized to pamper mothers, many companies make millions a year celebrating this time of year. Many wonder what women think of mothers day. That's why I interviewed four women for their opinion on Mother's Day.

Peeps survey pokes into the pleasure of holiday treats

The Peeps have spoken. Or at least those who filled out a survey did. They answered some timely questions about these treats.

Atheists take offence at 'Merry Christmas Bill'

Atheists in Texas have come out against a bill that would allow teachers to tell their students "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah".

Tips for an allergy-free Christmas

People affected by allergies to dust, nuts and other substances can often suffer worse at Christmas time compared to other times of the year. To help reduce the allergy impact the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital has issued some tips.

Op-Ed: 'Scrooge' with Alastair Sim is still the best Christmas flick

Every December, TV bombards us with holiday movies and specials, some old, some great, most forgettable. And the unofficial “holy trinity” of Christmas movies is “It's a Wonderful Life”, “A Christmas Story” and the 1951 version of “Scrooge".

Mall Santa shares over 30 years of experience on the job Special

Etobicoke - Every year for Christmas, Vince Ciccheli steps into the shoes of the busiest man during the holiday season, to work as a mall Santa. It’s a role that’s brought with it many fond, heart filled memories, he says.

Op-Ed: Is this the worst Christmas tree in the history of the holidays? Special

Toronto - Late last month, the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto unveiled this year's Christmas tree and it's quite unique to say the least. Veering away from traditional Christmas trees we see, this just might be one of the ugliest I've ever seen.

Photo Essay: Toronto Christmas market at the Distillery District Special

Toronto - The holiday season is in full gear at Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery. Sponsored by Lowe's the market is the perfect place for families to hang out until December 16.

'Killing Them Softly' enters picture as talk turns to end of year

As December arrives at the box office, the talk will now turn to the overall 2012 numbers. It may not achieve a record but it will go over $10 billion.
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Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5 ...
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5, 2013 were treated to a machine-made flurry of snow.
courtesy of SF Rec. and Parks Dept.
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Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
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The Argosy ship  which takes passengers on a Christmas themed cruise around Lake Washington and acro...
The Argosy ship, which takes passengers on a Christmas themed cruise around Lake Washington and across Lake Washington to Seattle.
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Two afternoon tea settings will be provided  one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4  2013.
Two afternoon tea settings will be provided, one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4, 2013.
by Faith Echtermeyer, courtesy of SF Museum and Historical Society
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Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
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A lights display in the shape of what appears to be a dragon or sea monster.  It was also puffing st...
A lights display in the shape of what appears to be a dragon or sea monster. It was also puffing steam.
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Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
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Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
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Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
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Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
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home-made pies: cherry  apple and blueberry
home-made pies: cherry, apple and blueberry
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Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
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Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
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Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
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Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
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See it outdoors.
See it outdoors.
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Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
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A Santa Claus
A Santa Claus
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