2017 Holiday Season Guide

 







 

Check back daily throughout the holiday season for family-fun ideas, crafting inspirations and much more!

 

Top 10 Reasons Why Winter Doesn’t Suck - If you’re not a fan of chilly temps and find that the appeal of wintertime is quickly dwindling with feelings of...
Inside Jobs: 7 Fun Indoor Activities for Winter - Sure, the days are shorter in winter. But to the parent trapped inside from dawn to dusk with a toddler...
Top 5 Outdoor Skating Rinks in Canada - Long winters, frigid air and frozen lakes are not intimidating to a hearty Canadian. Instead, we embrace the cold and...
Winter Wonderland: 6 Outdoor Craft Ideas - During those cold winter months, we tend to let our yards go, allowing them become overgrown, messy and snow-covered until...
Last Minute Shopping Tips - The countdown is on friends and if you’re like some people (we won’t mention any names), you’ve been finished for weeks....
How to Keep Baby’s Sleep Schedule Over the Holidays - For many parents, keeping baby on a fairly strict sleep schedule is key to maintaining sanity. But over the holidays,...
How to Keep Your Kids Safe During the Holidays - The holiday season can be a tough one for toddlers who just want to touch everything they see. But a...
Sanity Saving Tips for the Holidays - Everyone has their own way to make life run smoothly…and what time of year do we need life to run...
Easy Edible Holiday Gift Ideas - Bring the kids into the kitchen with you to whip up a batch of holiday gifts that are both fun...
holiday lights in canada old quebec city The Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Canada -   How much do we adore holiday light shows? They sparkle, shine and twinkle all across Canada and we simply...
Super-Easy DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments -   Love the idea and look of handmade ornaments but aren’t really a DIY maven? No worries! Here are five...
Creative Ways to Wrap Presents - The holidays are around the corner. You’ve written lists, checked them twice and shopped ‘til you dropped. But now you...
Easy Winter Activities for Families - Indoors or outdoors, winter is a wonderful time to catch up with your loved ones. Here are 10 awesome activities...
Best Places for Cross-Country Skiing in Canada - Some people wait all year for the weather to turn cold and the flakes to start falling. Winter for them...
wine cheese holiday parties prosecco Wine, Cheese and Holiday Parties, Please! - The holiday season is a time for celebration with family and friends. Although majority of your entertaining resources will likely...
31 Holiday Hacks (Our Gift to You!) - ‘Tis the season for holiday prep, and with it, plenty of holiday chaos. We’ve rounded up 31 holiday-themed hacks designed...
How to Make Family Travel Easier During the Holiday Season -   When my son arrived 14 months ago, a lot changed—especially when it came to travelling. No longer were we...
25 Books of Christmas: Your Kids’ Very Own Book Advent Calendar - Do your littles love advent calendars? We do, too! But we only need to open so many doors with chocolates...
20 Kids Who Aren’t in to the Whole Santa Thing - What is it about a red suit and big white beard that scares kids? It could be that they’re not...
Craig’s Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookies - Toronto’s popular baked goods brand Craig’s Cookies that delivers crisp-yet-chewy cookie perfection to its clients is here with an exciting...
DIY Advent Calendars We Love - Counting down the days until Christmas? If you’re feeling crafty, you’ve still got a little time to create your own advent...
Simple DIY Wreaths - Are you itching to get decorating for the holidays? Want to make something you can use again and again, year...
holiday traditions tiny trees New (and Improved!) Holiday Traditions -   Every family indulges in and celebrates the holidays in a different way—some families choose a different way to celebrate...
70+ Kid-Friendly Crafts for the Holidays - With the weather now colder and daylight hours fewer and farther between, you’re going to need more ideas than just...
More Ways to Add a Personal Touch to Holiday Gifts - The holidays are a time for giving, but those gifts don’t always have to be the latest Disney toy or...
Holiday Craft Idea: DIY Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments - I just want to state, for the record, that we try to be Zen about our crafty imperfections around here,...
DIY Rustic Chalkboard Ornaments - Making your very own tree decorations can be really very simple. Here are all the supplies you’ll need and simple step-by-step...
9 Easy Holiday Decorations - Let’s face it, not all of us can be that neighbour with the Christmas themed house. You know, the one...
How to Make a Gorgeous Gold Holiday Wreath - This year we’re challenging you to abandon the traditional Christmas wreath and create one that is both modern-looking and easy...
Christmas Craft for Kids: Construction Paper Wreath - The holiday season often brings an array of creative DIY wreaths, but we especially love this construction paper wreath for...
Create Your Own Snow Globe - With the winter well upon us, we find ourselves wandering aimlessly around the internet, searching for the perfect crafts and DIYs...
What Do You Tell Your Kids About Santa Claus? - I try not to lie to my children. If I serve them salmon for dinner, I tell them it’s salmon,...
Can You Have a Debt-Free Holiday Season? -   With each passing year, Canadians spend more on Christmas gifts and holiday preparations than the year before. Some of...
5 Ways to Get in Touch with Santa - It’s easier than ever for your little elves to get in touch with the big, strong, handsome man in red. Here...
Could Your Family Have a Gift-Free Christmas? -   My kids won’t be getting any Christmas gifts from me and their dad this year. My parents are out...
6 Fun Holiday Baby Portraits - Holiday portraits are a great way to remember Baby’s first Christmas. Take a peek at these six adorable and fun...
11 Holiday Freebies - By Robin Stevenson
The 12 Baby Names of Christmas - Our favourite holiday baby names, from names with biblical origins to unique names that symbolize the best of what the...
Make Gifts with Meaning Using Your Favourite Photos - Brought to you by The holiday season is a time for celebrating the things that really matter in life: family,...
Holiday Gifts for Teens - Indulge your teens’ interests or get them a gift with a bit more sentimental value. Your choice!   Return to...
Holiday Gifts for Toddlers - Help your preschoolers build their skills while having tons of fun with these colourful gifts.   Return to Canadian Family’s...
Holiday Gifts for Moms and Grandmas - Give your family matriarchs these stylish stocking stuffers, wearables and gifts for the home—to secure even bigger hugs come Christmas...
Holiday Gifts for Newborns and New Parents - From memento books to survival guides to cute, seasonal onesies—these gifts will be a boon for new parents and their...
Holiday Gifts for Babies - Give your youngest kids an early introduction to the joy of the holiday season with these cute, cuddly and cool...
Holiday Gifts for Tweens - Games, tech and lots of cool DIY stuff to keep your pre-teens happy and engaged.   Return to Canadian Family’s...
Holiday Gifts for School-Age Kids - Gifts to encourage creativity and build knowledge—and a few that are just for fun!   Return to Canadian Family’s complete...
Holiday Gifts for Dads and Grandpas - There’s a lot here for the men in your life to love—from the latest tech to tried-and-true favourites. Return to...
Fall and Winter Camping 101 - Camping is a beloved Canadian pastime, but booking a popular campsite during the peak summer months can be very challenging....
Ski or Snowshoe in Ontario Parks - If you love to cross-country ski or snowshoe, head to Ontario Parks! Nineteen winter parks have over 450 kilometres of...
Safety Tips for Winter Sports - Ski and snowboard season has officially begun, and that means it’s time to gear up and get safe. We always...
6 Cozy Stays To Warm You Up This Winter - While the weather outside might be frightful, there are places you can escape this winter that are, well, quite delightful....
Is Your Car Ready for Another (Terrible) Canadian winter? - Before we know it, snow, ice and slush will cover the roads once again for another typical (terrible?) Canadian winter...
Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson 17 Christmas Albums We Love - Whether you’re trimming the tree, wrapping gifts, baking Christmas cookies or just relaxing with a glass of wine, all holiday-related...
A Charlie Brown Christmas Our Favourite Holiday Movie Moments - On a cold winter night, there’s nothing better than snuggling up with your little ones on the couch in your...
Tips for a Perfect Date Night In Before the Holidays Hit - Everyone’s super busy schedules are filled to the brim with careers, kids, appointments, errands (and more!) and it can be hard to find...
christmas wreath 21 Easy Tips For Holiday Decorating - Personalize your holiday fête with pretty treats, treasured ornaments and simple handmade touches guests big and small will love.
DIY Rudolph “Hand”-made Holiday Gift Bags - Rudolph will show up in unsuspecting places this holiday season when your preschoolers or young school-age children create his sweet...
How to Make Split Holiday Celebrations Easier for Kids - From his first years, my son Nick had the most gruelling holiday schedule. From early Christmas Eve through late Boxing...
5 Tips to Get Your Teen Into The Holiday Spirit - Worried your teen would prefer to text her friends than trim the tree with you? Or FaceTime peers rather than...
Fake Snow Made from Shaving Cream and Corn Starch - Our littles simply can’t wait for the first snowfall to make a snowman this year…so we decided to make snow...
Curb Your Child’s Shopping Demands - It started with the monster trucks when he was just three years old. Once a month, Stacey Scolli would treat...
Sweet Holiday Treat: Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops - Nothing says the holidays like a box of chocolates and candy canes, which is why this Candy Cane Marshmallow Pop...
5 Free Holiday Music Playlists We Love - It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only days away, particularly given that there is absolutely zero snow here in...
Cute Craft for Kids: Paper Plate Christmas Tree - Looking for a fun craft to keep your kids busy during their holiday break from school? Then try out this...
Trim the Tree with This Cute DIY Christmas List Ornament - With store windows already decked out for the holidays and TV commercials announcing the return of “festive specials,” we can’t...
Decorating Your House for the Holidays (Hold the Red and Green) - What with the barrage of fabulously tacky Christmas trinkets that hits the stores immediately after Halloween, it’s hard to resist...
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