Five little tips for surviving the Christmas holidays

The greatest gift you can give yourself is to accept your limitations and honour those activities that make you feel good when you do them

VERNON, B.C., Dec. 22, 2016 /Troy Media/ – Canadians are spending significantly less this holiday season – or so the story goes – but that doesn't mean the holiday stress will melt away. The other night, my husband and I headed to the local mall to see what we could check off our Santa list. In spite of the…

A child’s Christmas Eve in 1950 Dublin

One of my earliest Christmas memories was going to see Roy Rogers, the "King of the Cowboys", in The Gay Ranchero in a Dublin cinema

A child’s Christmas Eve in 1950 DublinTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ – As you get older, one of the things that Christmas evokes is a sense of remembering. And for me, one the earliest such memories relates to Christmas Eve 1950. It was the first time I ever went to the cinema. Or, as Dubliners would have said, the pictures.…

Just why were mommy and Santa under the mistletoe?

Oh, those beloved Christmas songs – with subtext so deep that they expose the very darkest of human secrets

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Another Christmas is upon us. It’s that special time of year when loved ones gather to create lasting memories that will provide fodder for therapists to work with for years to come. But it’s also about the songs. If we just thought for a moment about the kind…

Post-truth, the alt-right and the nativity

In a growing climate of suspicion and hatred, the scene at the stable can be an inspiration for more harmonious human interactions

Post-truth, the alt-right and the nativityTRAIL, B.C. Dec. 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It's rare for me to feel embarrassed about being a Christian. But watching media interview American Christians who supported Donald Trump, I was embarrassed. I simply couldn't reconcile the poisonous and frequently false rhetoric of the president-elect with the implications of the Gospel message. During the Christmas season,…

Working out during the holidays

No need to wait until 2016 is over to get a little more pep in your step

Working out during the holidaysSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Dec. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Losing weight and going to the gym is many people’s number one resolution every New Year. However, there’s no need for you to wait until 2016 is over to get a little more pep in your step. Getting a head start on getting back in shape…

Balancing fun and professionalism at the holiday office party

10 tips to insure that you make a great impression while you mix and mingle at the office party

Balancing fun and professionalism at the holiday office partyBERKELEY, Calif. Dec. 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Are you planning to attend your office holiday party? I hope so. This is a great occasion to relax and have a good time – and can be a highly anticipated, positive antidote to year-end stress. But anytime you combine fun with professionalism, it can also be…

Body language tips for the holiday office party

While a great opportunity to socialize with co-workers, a holiday get-together can also quickly turn into a career-limiting event

Body language tips for the holiday office partyBERKELEY, Calif. Oct 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ The holiday office party offers a great opportunity to socialize with co-workers, meet new people, and develop or deepen relationships. However, a holiday get-together can also quickly turn into a career-limiting event, unless you understand the do's and don'ts of appropriate behaviour. The desire to relax and have…

Christmas in Germany

German Christmas markets, a kaleidoscope of colors and lights, are street markets that are usually held in town squares and spill over into adjacent pedestrian zones

Christmas in GermanyBERLIN, Germany, July 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ -  German Christmas markets, a kaleidoscope of colors and lights, are street markets that are usually held in town squares and spill over into adjacent pedestrian zones. While there are Christmas markets all over Europe, the tradition in Germanic speaking parts of Europe seems to go back to the…

The real work of Christmas begins after Christmas

The season of giving should remind us how to live the rest of the year

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‘Frankie’ was the life of holiday parties

I had no doubt that my 93-year-old mother would like to spend the holidays with us, but I wanted her to make the decision herself

‘Frankie’ was the life of holiday parties//  holiday Holiday  holiday [popup url="link here" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VANCOUVER, B.C. Jan. 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ – I had no doubt that my 93-year-old mother would like to spend the holidays with us at our West Coast home near Powell River, but I wanted her to…