The Christmas season in Canada has always been one which I've looked forward to since I can remember.
As a child growing up on the Saskatchewan prairies back in the late 40's and early 50's Santa Claus and Christmas went hand in hand like chocolate cake and ice cream. They meant family gatherings, bonfires, tobaggan parties and skating outdoors on the dugouts or sloughts along with hot chocolate and homemade cookies and friends. But most of all it meant a time of peaceful celebration and a reminder of all those good things that the Christian religion and its traditions had brought to the world.
Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New and Caring CanadianTradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Canadians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Canadian labor. This year will be different. This year Canadians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Canadians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Canadian hands.
Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?