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Get holly jolly with The Holiday Planner

Get holly jolly with The Holiday Planner

Ringing in the snowy season with gift ideas, festive booze, events galore, Christmas bangers and a partridge in a pear tree.

Say, what’s in this drink?: 7 seasonal local sips

It’s cold outside, baby, pass the booze.
Holiday Candy Cane Liqueur Coldstream Clear(20% ABV)

Christmas carol showdown

Our annual editors’ roundtable hashes out the good, the bad and the embarrassing tracks from the season’s traditional soundtrack.
"I'll Be Home For Christmas"

That’s a wrap: 6 merry and bright local gift ideas

Tis the season to consider homegrown makers and designers on your shopping sprees.
Leather wallet, Victoria Brumwell

How to be a good holiday shopper

Tips on retail etiquette from a reluctant mall veteran.
The scene: Christmas music oozes from the tinny mall sound system, thicker than corn syrup.

10 ways to re-allocate your secret Santa funds

Feeling generous? Here’s how to direct your donations.
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Rejected Cineplex holiday trailers

Lily and the Snowman and A Balloon for Ben were the best of the lot. Here are some pitches that didn’t make the cut for this year’s heartwarming festive ad.
A Holiday DuetTwo best friends, Melody and Harmony, head to the movies on Christmas.

How to steal Christmas from a Who near you

A poetic tribute to the grinchiest grinches among us.
Christmas is coming, it just can’t be stopped With trappings and trippings and Christmas tree stuff. From Black Friday to Eve, shopping stores in a frenzy Blasting one type of music for two months too many.

Gonna find out who’s noggy or nice: A blind tasting of seven egg nogs

Sipping the entire spectrum to save you the belly ache.
Seven nogs.

What Christmas means to me

Exploring some of the traditions outside of the western, Hallmark-infused idea of the Christian holiday.
Christmas celebrations and the Christian faith are not exclusive to the western world.

Hack your sub-par holiday treats

Because even the most unsung desserts deserve a second chance.
Snowballs A strange but wonderful winter-inspired candy, this spongey, coconut rolled mallow ball is a step above the marshmallow Santa, but still basically a blob of pure sugar.

Give it away now: 10 gift ideas for everyone on your list

Have yourself a very local Christmas.
For the co-worker who's always stealing your favourite mug JAW Pottery mug, $38The Trainyard General Store, 53 Portland Street Sattva Boutique, 2453 Agricola Street For the homesick ex-pat JAMPY baltic birch ornament, $12.50 ($45 for set of 5 designs) jampy.co

Get holly jolly with The Holiday Planner

Your guide to the non-denominational, nog-swigging, party-hopping season

Talking points to help you survive the holidays

For when things get awkward at the family function
It feels like we’re all in the same boat here.

Making the case for A Garfield Christmas Special

Move over Jingle Cats
So you’ve got your typical holiday binge slate—Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, all the Dunder-Mifflin holiday party episodes of The Office, a month’s worth of Simpsons Christmas (“Shove this up your stocking!”) and splicing together various movies from their multiple cable viewings.

Homesick for the holidays

On guilt, loneliness and coping with being a world away from home during the holiday season.
I’m sitting in my room, a sheet of yellow paper resting on my lap with the list of things I need to pack before I go home to Nigeria.

Leftover do-overs

Empty out that growing collection of Tupperware dregs and get creative.
1 Turkey Yes, turkey sandwiches with gravy-soaked bread are delicious, but butter aficionado Emma Adamski (the baker behind Manual Food & Drink Co.) suggests you amp it up with a pot pie.

The original tin

Taking a walk down Quality Street to dissect the residents of the holiday season’s most iconic coffee table treat.
There’s nothing blatantly festive about Quality Street, it’s actually available year-round though for some reason it tastes like a certain time of year.

Hot stuff, coming through

Warm your frozen fingertips and overwhelm your tastebuds with one of the city’s richest hot chocolates.
DARK CHILI BELGIAN HOT CHOCOLATE This waterfront chocolate-maker and cafe swears by its real Belgian hot chocolate, which comes in a slew of flavours—like dark and white chocolate, peanut butter, mint, even strawberry. Whether you’re piling it high with add-ons (whipped cream is free, marshmallow is $1) or drinking it straight-up, a sugar coma is in your future.

Wrapper of the year

Sometimes what’s on the outside counts, too. Luckily, these local makers and retailers are cut out for the job of perfecting your presents.
Quarrelsome Yeti Weird and wonderful, creepy and cute, Geordan Moore’s whack wrap can make the most boring of gifts (not that you would) extraordinary. Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, 1209 Marginal Road; Halifax Crafters Winter Market, Dec 2-4

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Vol 27, No 26
November 21, 2019

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