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Butter, wine, foie gras: French face triple whammy as shortages abound

Paris - With butter spread thin and wine output drying up, whatever next for the unlucky French? A shortage of foie gras, the must-have liver pate that takes pride of place on most Christmas tables.

Review: Second City holiday revue satirizes Christmas traditions Special

Toronto - Christmas is usually depicted as a happy season of good cheer, but in reality, it can be a time of stress, disappointment or loneliness for some. Leave it to Second City to roast the truths behind the myths in its new Toronto holiday revue.

Social media highlights across the Christmas period

It may be a quiet period for many, but social media is especially active over the Christmas period, with people tweeting and posting the highlights and low-lights of the festive period. Digital Journal takes a peek.

Delving into the ‘science’ of Christmas

As we’ve done over the past few years, Digital Journal takes a look at some of the Christmas and other Holiday season traditions and explores the science behind them.

Christmas cheer falls flat in crisis-hit Rio

Rio De Janeiro - The Grinch -- in the form of devastating recession, giant corruption and unpaid salaries -- has stolen Rio de Janeiro's Christmas.Things are so tight in Brazil's party city that the traditional giant Christmas tree on the lagoon has been canceled.

Review: Soulpepper reimagines ʻWonderful Lifeʼ as a postwar radio play Special

Toronto - As with other overexposed holiday classics – “A Christmas Carol”, “The Grinch” and so on – itʼs hard to see “Itʼs a Wonderful Life” in a fresh way. But Philip Grecianʼs stage adaptation tries a unique approach: a live radio play.

Weight loss tips for the Holiday season

The end of December is coming soon and with it holiday activities and New Year revelries, plus plenty of opportunities to pack on the pounds. To help manage your weight during this time a leading psychologist provides some important tips.

Review: Cullen scores the biggest laughs in zany Dickens spoof Special

Toronto - Charles Dickens’ works are so often viewed as boring, stuffy and antiquated these days, many don’t realize that his contemporaries actually saw him as a master of high and low comedy. Old Boz himself might even have enjoyed “Twist Your Dickens”.

France braces for annual travel 'Black Saturday'

Paris - France is bracing for its annual Black Saturday, when millions of people return from their July holidays and millions of others take to the roads, rails and skies for their August break.

Top 6 things your Jewish friends are doing on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, your city streets may not be as deserted as you think. For us Jews, Christmas is the time when we celebrate a different kind of holiday, one often involving movies, Chinese food and downtown strolling.

Review: Dumb but sometimes amusing ‘Rock & Roll Christmas’ opens in T.O. Special

Toronto - “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale” sounds like an absurd parody TV special from “The Simpsons” or “SCTV”. In fact, it kept reminding me of the old “KISS Saves Santa” bit from “Family Guy.” In 2015, life imitates silly art.

How to host a fun, professional, responsible office holiday party

Everyone loves a holiday party…except the people who organize them. Having to deal with different tastes and lifestyles while trying to be fun and responsible can make the holiday party a fierce creature.

Op-Ed: New product echoes the history of Polynesian art and tattoos Special

Mililani - Riding on the wave of success of her "Maui By Design" hand painted Hawaiian 'Nei Hua' ornaments, owner Andrea Butter this year has launched an entirely new product line of Polynesian inspired leather wallets, called NĀ KOA, meaning "the courageous."

From SF With Love: Third generation is now taking the leadership of Dickens Fair Special

San Francisco - The annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair starts early this year, ahead of 'Black Friday.' The fair's opening day is Nov. 21.

6 holiday shopping trends to watch for this year

The holiday shopping season has arrived and as shoppers stroll the stores aisles and peruse the e-commerce space they will notice some new and not-so-surprising trends marketers have implemented.

1 in 3 British holidaygoers prefers home comforts to culture

Over a third of British holiday-goers would rather be surrounded by home comforts than experience the local culture of overseas destinations, suggests a recent survey.

Hawaii tourism authority reveals record numbers

When you think about Hawaii your mind shifts to warm beaches, beautiful weather, ancient volcanoes, and unique culture. It’s the combination of these things that keeps tourists returning each year.

35% of UK parents can’t afford summer holidays

The high price of holidays between July and August means that a summer break is out of budget for over 35 percent of British parents, new research suggests.

Keeping safe over the holidays Special

Toronto - The excitement and activities of holiday season creates a timely opportunity to review safety strategies, like the buddy system, with parents and children. Two Canadian organizations have combined efforts to offer some timely advice.

Holiday lights revealed by NASA

The NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, has allowed NASA to identify how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons.

Lighting up London for Christmas Special

There is something magical about lights and trees during the holiday season. Digital Journal paid a visit to London to explore some of the sights and the best bits are captured in this photo essay.

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.
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The cast of Second City s  The Good  the Bad & the Ugly Sweater  in Toronto.
The cast of Second City's "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Sweater" in Toronto.
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Palm trees
Another boat with holiday lights sits by the dock.
Another boat with holiday lights sits by the dock.
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
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
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Kylie enjoying the festivities
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A holiday party
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A Santa Claus
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Toronto s Campbell House celebrates the season
Toronto's Campbell House celebrates the season
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Queen Street West readies for the holidays
Those wishing can purchase tickets on line via the web site. Those attending for the first tea seati...
Those wishing can purchase tickets on line via the web site. Those attending for the first tea seating, on Dec. 4 are asked to arrive by 11: Am
by Faith Echtermeyer, courtesy of SF Museum and Historical Society
A local miracle happened in San Francisco in 1975 when community leaders joined together to create t...
A local miracle happened in San Francisco in 1975 when community leaders joined together to create the first big public menorah and celebration of Chanukah outside of Israel. Since that time, each year the 25-foot menorah is lit for each of the days of the celebration of the Festival of Lights. The San Francisco “Mama Menorah” public celebration has now become a global phenomenon with large menorahs lit annually in over 500 cities worldwide.
Courtesy of The Bill Graham Menorah Project
A Christmas tree of lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
A Christmas tree of lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
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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