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This pandemic year has prompted a lot of reinvention and food favourites are no exception, including the traditional tourtière. (The Conversation Canada)

Poutine in a pie: Would you eat a ‘tourtine’ this holiday season?

Culinary invention is a reinterpretation of heritage. The success of the tourtine in this pandemic year suggests that we feel the need to rethink the traditional dishes of the holiday season.
People who already experience social barriers and poorer mental health status are especially vulnerable during a socially distant holiday season. (Shutterstock)

What a distanced holiday season means for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions

People in high-risk groups are already more likely to be experiencing negative mental health effects during the pandemic. Spending the holidays isolated from family and friends may make matters worse.
Tools from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) may help manage unpleasant emotions during lockdown stress. (Pexels/Ketut Subiyanto)

Beyond self-care: Try these 5 therapeutic tools to manage stress better during COVID-19 restrictions

As the world faces a second wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, we need new strategies to handle pandemic stress that go beyond basic self-care.
People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a window display at a store in downtown Vancouver on Dec. 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Shopping for the holidays? Keep your distance from retail workers

During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has become more than a safety regulation for those working in retail — it’s a sign of respect and an acknowledgement that they’re people too.
This holiday season, be kind to yourself and others as you deal with excessive behaviours, like binge-watching or gaming. (Unsplash)

5 strategies to reduce addiction-like behaviours over the holidays

With the pressures of the holidays, rising COVID-19 rates and social isolation, people can easily fall into addictive-like behaviours. Here are some ways to challenge ourselves and family.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shops at a Metro earlier this year before dropping the items in a bin destined for a food bank. Adam Scotti/The Prime Minister's Office

Holiday food drives: Tossing a can of beans into a donation bin is hardly enough

The federal government’s response to the scourge of food insecurity must involve a lot more than just encouraging Canadians to donate canned goods. It must honour Canadians’ right to food.
A new perspective and approach may be required to get through this year’s pandemic-heavy holiday season. (Shutterstock)

Pandemic December: How to stay connected and resilient in a COVID-19 holiday season

Whether you mark holidays in December or not, typical winter customs are being disrupted by COVID-19. Here’s how to handle the changes.
Some movie fans who await Christmas Day movie openings will be stuck in the middle of cinema closures due to COVID-19 and streaming restrictions. Here, a still from ‘Wonder Woman 1984.’ (Warner Bros.)

All I want for Christmas is a Hollywood blockbuster

Canadians won’t be able to stream ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ when it launches Christmas Day. Surfing streaming menus and reviews for what to watch and where may become a new Christmas movie tradition.
Detail from ‘Birdsong’ by Cree-Métis artist Julie Flett, which won the 2020 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for most distinguished book. The story follows an intergenerational friendship and speaks to change in children’s lives. (Greystone Kids)

Picture this: These beautiful books help children read the world

A researcher who explored 500 picture books created by authors or illustrators living in Canada suggests books that are extraordinary in both text and illustration.
Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell in ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ will inspire viewers with more than keeping up fashionable appearances through December holidays in lockdown. (Netflix)

Will Ferrell’s ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ movie is the laugh we need this holiday

The movie is indeed a silly look at how sharing song and media in popular culture can affect how we relate as individuals and nations but it also carries deeper insights.
In lieu of in-person gatherings, holiday and end-of-year celebrations will be virtual because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)

All Zoomed out? How to deal with Zoom fatigue over the holiday season

The second (and third) wave of the pandemic continues as the end-of-year holiday season approaches. Here are strategies to fight Zoom fatigue while staying virtually close to your loved ones.
Now might be a perfect time to involve children in discussions about saving money and encourage them to practice making their own saving decisions. (Shutterstock)

How to teach saving and spending to kids as young as 3 years old

The act of choosing to save or spend money often involves considering a future point in time. Greater focus on saving and budgeting can help children better develop saving skills.
The seductive power of holiday windows resonates in the French term for window-shopping: ‘lèche-vitrines,’ which translated literally means to lick the windows. (Shutterstock)

Holiday windows: The allure of showing and hiding makes us look

The holiday window is laden with nostalgia and associations of childhood traditions and a longing for drawn-out moments.

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