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Christmas returns to The Butchart Gardens

Christmas lovers rejoice: twinkling lights and holiday spirit have returned to The Butchart Gardens. The Magic of Christmas, now celebrating its 32nd year, is Butchart’s annual celebration of the festive…

A very merry, eco-friendly Christmas

10 tips for creating less waste this holiday season The season of giving is upon us! On the flip side, it’s also the season of creating waste. Tired of contributing…

Giving back without breaking the bank

The holidays are a time for giving, but that can be tricky on a student budget There is a tangible buzz of love, appreciation, and gratitude that comes from giving…

Merry FUNKing Christmas

Funk Hunters get raucous at night two of Funk the Halls If you were in downtown Victoria on Dec. 1, you may have wondered why there was a parade of…

Dear Birdie #4

Sick family, selfish friends, and sorry financials Dear Birdie: My grandmother’s health is getting pretty bad, but I’m not even in the same province, and I haven’t seen her since…

Ten holiday saving tips

Because Christmas red shouldn’t remind you of your bank balance Oftentimes, Christmas leaves us feeling fat, broke, and resentful: the opposite of how we’re supposed to feel. Yet every year,…

Family warfare: How to avoid tense family dinners this holiday

Oh, the holidays: the time of year when the reality of brown road slush and awkward encounters with your new step-brothers are etched into memories of pristine white snow and…

Retail workers are people too: How crappy customers corrupt Christmas

“Oh, don’t mind her, she’s pooping” “Pardon me?!” “That’s the face she makes when she’s pooping” Or so I was told by one completely unfazed father on Black Friday. His…

Christmas, perhaps, doesn’t come from a church

Don’t let the Christ in Christmas fool you . . . this is a season to celebrate humanity, not divinity. Admittedly, the narratives might be pulled from religious sources, but the “true meaning” of…

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