Christmas

In 2020, Canadians consumed seven million whole turkeys, according to the Turkey Farmers of Canada. (Special to Black Press Media)

Canadians gobbling up turkey

Cranberries and Christmas trees also rank among top seasonal Canadian exports

In 2020, Canadians consumed seven million whole turkeys, according to the Turkey Farmers of Canada. (Special to Black Press Media)
The Russow family took to creativity this holiday season to raise money for Thrifty’s holiday food bank fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Soren Russow)

Gratitude rocks painted by Victoria family raises money for Thrifty’s holiday food bank

Inspirational quotes encourage a message of love and gratitude in times of adversity

The Russow family took to creativity this holiday season to raise money for Thrifty’s holiday food bank fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Soren Russow)
Palestinian scout band members parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. The biblical town of Bethlehem is gearing up for its second straight Christmas Eve hit by the coronavirus with small crowds and gray, gloomy weather dampening celebrations Friday in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

COVID puts a damper on Christmas Eve again around the world

In Germany, a line wound halfway around Cologne’s massive cathedral — for vaccinations

Palestinian scout band members parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. The biblical town of Bethlehem is gearing up for its second straight Christmas Eve hit by the coronavirus with small crowds and gray, gloomy weather dampening celebrations Friday in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Jim Townley, left, president of Saanichton Village Association, and Martina Redman, association treasurer, present a cheque of over $14,000 to Tyson Elder of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, raised during the business group’s annual fundraiser Dec. 4. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

More than $14,000 raised for Saanich Peninsula food bank with Saanichton fundraiser

17th annual Saanichton Community Christmas nearly doubles 2020 total

Jim Townley, left, president of Saanichton Village Association, and Martina Redman, association treasurer, present a cheque of over $14,000 to Tyson Elder of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, raised during the business group’s annual fundraiser Dec. 4. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a photograph in Ottawa, on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The prime minister says there is still reason for Canadians to be hopeful despite the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

In Christmas message, Trudeau says Canadians can be hopeful amid the pandemic

‘Keep showing up for one another’ prime minister urges nation’s citizens

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a photograph in Ottawa, on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. The prime minister says there is still reason for Canadians to be hopeful despite the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Jack Frost and his cast of Christmas characters. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Jack Frost making his mark on Chemainus, no really, Jack Frost

It’s his real name and has always made life interesting

Jack Frost and his cast of Christmas characters. (Photo by Don Bodger)
In this photo provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a 22 Wing member is seen showing how they track Santa on his sleigh on Christmas evening during a media preview at the Canadian Forces Base in North Bay on Dec. 9, 2021. In a Christmas Eve tradition going on its 66th year, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress around the globe — and fielding calls from children who want to know St. Nick’s exact whereabouts. (Sable Brown/NORAD via AP)

Yes, there is a Santa Claus. And no, COVID-19 won’t stop him

NORAD will provide real-time updates on Santa’s progress Dec. 24, pandemic or no pandemic

In this photo provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a 22 Wing member is seen showing how they track Santa on his sleigh on Christmas evening during a media preview at the Canadian Forces Base in North Bay on Dec. 9, 2021. In a Christmas Eve tradition going on its 66th year, a wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries is providing real-time updates on Santa’s progress around the globe — and fielding calls from children who want to know St. Nick’s exact whereabouts. (Sable Brown/NORAD via AP)
November 10, 2021 - Items at Five Fields shop in Oak Bay for Christmas decor feature in Tweed magazine. Don Denton photo

Homemade for the Christmas holidays

Do-it-yourself decorating for a greener world

  • Dec 24, 2021
November 10, 2021 - Items at Five Fields shop in Oak Bay for Christmas decor feature in Tweed magazine. Don Denton photo
What was the best Christmas present you ever received? (File photo)

Wolf: The best Christmas present of all-time remains a treasured memory

Column: ‘She was there. She still is, every year’

What was the best Christmas present you ever received? (File photo)
The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Gift cards rule retail as mall shops work around supply chain issues

Shopping anywhere is a boutique experience right now, says Victoria mall general manager

The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria set a record with gift card sales in November. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? What about eggnog – yay or nay?

On the plus side, more Canadians expecting the holidays to be less stressful than last year

People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Olivia Jackson recounts her adventure with ‘a grinch’ Wednesday, Dec. 22. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks girl finds the Grinch before Christmas

‘The Grinch hates Christmas,’ says six-year-old Olivia Jackson

Olivia Jackson recounts her adventure with ‘a grinch’ Wednesday, Dec. 22. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Beth Burton-Krahn (right) stands among her BC Cancer Victoria colleagues. She says the holidays can be especially stressful for her clients impacted by cancer. (Courtesy of BC Cancer)

Loved ones need extra support during the holidays: BC Cancer

Victoria counsellor stresses the importance of connection for those impacted by disease

Beth Burton-Krahn (right) stands among her BC Cancer Victoria colleagues. She says the holidays can be especially stressful for her clients impacted by cancer. (Courtesy of BC Cancer)
Our Place Society volunteers serve up Christmas lunch at the downtown service provider’s Dec. 22 event. (Photo by Grant McKenzie/Our Place)

Our Place Society dishes up holiday cheer at annual Christmas lunch in Victoria

COVID-19 restrictions don’t stop celebratory event from providing a hearty meal for the hungry

Our Place Society volunteers serve up Christmas lunch at the downtown service provider’s Dec. 22 event. (Photo by Grant McKenzie/Our Place)
A Nanaimo woman who dropped off some Christmas baking for her neighbour and noticed that it was still on his front porch days later may have helped save the man's life, as he was in medical distress. (Stock photo)

Neighbour’s gift of Christmas baking may have saved a life in Nanaimo

83-year-old man was in medical distress in his home

A Nanaimo woman who dropped off some Christmas baking for her neighbour and noticed that it was still on his front porch days later may have helped save the man's life, as he was in medical distress. (Stock photo)
While BC Transit will be running buses on Dec. 25, other businesses and services will be closed for the holiday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
While BC Transit will be running buses on Dec. 25, other businesses and services will be closed for the holiday. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Red snow? Song becomes a most unexpected modern standard for the holidays

Songwriter surprised at how ‘White Winter Hymnal’ has turned into a Christmas staple

FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
Travel at Christmastime is one of the lifestyle elements most likely to be out of the budget for 2021, according to research done by insurance evaluation firm HelloSafe. (Flickr/Chillihead)

Canadian Christmas spending could shrink 4 to 12%; travel, leisure activities most affected: survey

Level of COVID-19 resurgence will determine how much spending is impacted, says HelloSafe

Travel at Christmastime is one of the lifestyle elements most likely to be out of the budget for 2021, according to research done by insurance evaluation firm HelloSafe. (Flickr/Chillihead)
(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks’ Can Can dancers trot out Christmas flash mobs

City residents with amazing Christmas displays were treated to the surprise dances

(L-R) Les Folles Jambettes’ Vanessa Reyes-Golding, Sarah Leslie and Melanie Shenstone pose for a photo next to a family of snow people displayed at a home on 17th Avenue, near the intersection of 77th Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)

QUIZ: How much do you know about toys and games?

From long-lasting traditions to fads, there’s a lot of history to play and recreation.

Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)