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Christmas

17/12 December

A philosophical satire on Santa Claus

by Stefano Piva At Christmas we often think about the fat man with a beard, who rides a flying sleigh, squeezes down the chimney, and gives out gifts. And if you sneak out of bed at the right time you might even catch him having milk and cookies and kissing mama. But as we grow […]

17/12 December

Vancouver Christmas Market: German traditions revived

by Keri Vermeulen The traditional outdoor German Christmas market is alive and well, producing delicious tastes, twinkling sights and nostalgic sounds in downtown Vancouver. The 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market, at Jack Poole Plaza, is the city’s biggest one yet, with 75 quaint wooden vendor huts and a warming tent called Alpine Haus, festive family […]

17/12 December

A cultured Christmas

by Agnes Chung and Jack Taylor Argentina: Christmas in summer The Europe of South America, Argentina has a long history of Christmas traditions dating back to the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1516. More than 80% of the population identifies themselves as Roman Catholics. Most Argentinians are of Spanish, Italian and other European lineage. Their […]

17/12 December

The reformer and Christmas: another side of Luther

by Marion Van Driel Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation finds us wondering at Luther’s courage as he dared challenge the political and religious leaders of his day to change their ways. It’s easy to imagine Martin Luther in his solitary cell, furrowed brow, Bible open, working out his doctrinal positions, ink and […]

17/12 December

Christmas album reviews by Kevin Pollard

For King and Country: Christmas (Live In Phoenix) Recorded in December 2016 on the final night of the band’s 15-date arena Christmas tour, for KING & COUNTRY Christmas: Live in Phoenix is a collection of 5 carols and 5 original songs as well as a special version of their hit song “The Proof Of Your […]

17/11 November

Christmas…

Chilliwack Symphony & Chorus presents Messiah The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presents Messiah this December. One of the special challenges in performing Messiah year after year is to keep the work sounding fresh, as if one had just discovered it. It is a joy for many listeners to hear a more detailed, articulate style […]

16/12 December 2016

GOD AND SANTA

Childish beliefs? Why this popular atheist taunt simply doesn’t add up by Andy Bannister The other morning, I powered up my iPhone to be greeted by a tweet from an atheist friend: “The only difference between God and Santa or the Tooth Fairy is that people don’t get slaughtered by believers in Santa or the […]

Arts

Holy Mo! A Christmas Show

by Keri Vermeulen What if you and two friends were assigned with the task of telling the first Christmas story – the Nativity, as your trio travelled around, through time and place to different audiences? What would you tell with glee? What would you avoid talking about? What would you even remember? And, what props […]

16/12 December 2016

Christmas Presence delights with story and song

by Angelika Dawson This month, Pacific Theatre presents its much beloved Christmas Presence, a collection of songs and stories for the holiday season. There will be six performances at Pacific Theatre and one performance in collaboration with Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford. Pacific Theatre’s artistic director, Ron Reed likes to call the event “the un-slickest […]

16/12 December 2016

A cultured Christmas

Stories by Agnes Chung, Jenny Schweyer and Jack Taylor Canada boasts a rapidly changing population, increased numbers of new comers to Canada and a brighter cultural mosaic than ever before. More than 200 ethnic origins were reported in Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey. One in five people in Canada are foreign born. Our diversity […]