Make-Believe Isn’t a ‘Lie’ — It’s A Survival Skill


Three years old is a great age. Our son is now old enough to understand almost any story we tell him — and young enough to believe them all! It’s such a magical time. All year long our days are filled with invisible animals and fairies doing silly, wonderful things in our home. So Santa and… Read More »

Spongebob Nutcracker: not one of the BEST TOY PICKS 2013

Our ‘Activity Book’ Columnist’s Best Toy Picks 2013


The holiday season is bearing down upon us. It’s been edging ever closer for a while — and now it has lurched into undeniable view. Turn away if you like, but it will remain in your line of sight. Shortly those lights will be front and centre, and carols will soundtrack your every excursion. Did… Read More »

Murray A. Lightburn, Christmas Dad and his partner and eldest child

Murray A. Lightburn, Christmas Dad


By Murray Lightburn I can barely recall Christmases from my childhood. I don’t really want to recall a great many things from (at least) the first 25 years or so of my life. Not that it was very bleak but I cannot say that it was a barrel of laughs either. In our house growing up,… Read More »

Conscript in Santa’s Army


We’re driving along the Queensway to get burgers the other day — I’m in the passenger seat trying to find the radio station that only plays Christmas music because that’s the only station the kids will listen to this time of year — when Colum, our six-year-old, starts trying to do the math. I mean, how… Read More »

A Slightly Ambivalent Christmas


By Brendan Murphy Recently, a friend on the Facebook was explaining the process of telling his kid that Santa wasn’t real. It was, like many things to do with parenting, quietly hilarious and heartbreaking, in large part because of what a clear and irreversible childhood milestone it was. Our son is 19 months old and… Read More »

Christmas Morning Traditions Reinvented: Tearing Down the Stairs, Making Granola-Bread-Men and Recycled Paper Stars


Holiday habits feeling a little crusty? Check out these cool alternatives TRADITION #1: Making a wifesaver, the venerable Christmas morning casserole of cheese, bacon, ham, eggs and bread. HOW TO MAKE IT COOLER: There’s nothing wrong with these breakfast staples, but sometimes even the mention of a casserole will sufficiently repel a child.Switch up your Christmas morning meal without sacrificing nutrition. Cookies for breakfast!… Read More »

News Round-Up Dec. 23: Miracle Tsunami Survivor, Bad Presents and Shifting Childhood Memories


What we’re reading today: 1. What to do if your in-laws try to change your time-honoured holiday traditions. 2. Ever had a bad gift? While we feel we’ve been pretty lucky on that front, we do know some people who just can’t give presents right. Well know you can air your gift-grievances on Of… Read More »

Friday, December 23


Christmas morning success Today’s Vintage Postcard from Bunchland comes from bunchofpants in North Carolina.

News Round-Up Dec. 22: Ideal Maternity Leave, Gift Parity and Finding Out the Truth About Santa


What we’re reading today: 1. A quarter of American moms go back to work within two months of giving birth, which is really too bad. Ideal maternity leave: 40 weeks? 2. How to explain to your 12-year-old that Santa isn’t real. (Alternatively, you could get Rebecca’s 3-year-old to break the bad news.) 3. Speaking of… Read More »

News Round-Up Dec. 21: Baby’s First Holiday, Supportive Tattoos and the Dangers of Mixing Christmas and Hanukkah


What we’re reading today: 1. Should we screen kids for high cholesterol? 2. Baby’s first holiday makes everything more fun and special for parents too. 3. Well, this is just awesomely supportive: parents whose kid has diabetes got insulin pump tattoos. 4. When Christmukkah gets out of hand. 5. It doesn’t come out for another… Read More »

DIY Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments


Krista Rao blogs about crafty adventures with her kids If you are like me, when you dig out your box of christmas ornaments your stomach drops as you notice there are significantly less ornaments than you remembered from last year… thanks to a curious dog and a even curiouser little boy who just couldnʼt keep… Read More »

Funny Or Die’s Drunk Christmas With Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Jim Carrey


A cautionary tale on why you don’t let the drunk relative read/tell stories to the kids Drunk History Christmas with Ryan Gosling, Jim Carrey and Eva Mendes from Ryan Gosling   Jim Carrey makes a pretty good Santa, yes? We like the “His eyes how they twinkle, he cheeks were like jelly” bit.


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