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Becky’s Favourite Christmas Songs

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Listening to music is one of my absolute favourite pastimes—be it while I’m working, hanging out at home, or seeing a band live. So during the holiday season, I certainly enjoy turning on the festive tunes. Below are some of my favourite winter songs, perfect for when you’re baking, trimming the tree, or just enjoying the company of your loved ones during this special time of year. Give ‘em a listen!

What’s your favourite Christmas song? Let me know in the comments!

A Special Performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
On Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm, a special performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas will be conducted at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

This isn’t just any concert because Jerry Granelli—the only surviving member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio—will be performing. In case you didn’t already know, it was the Guaraldi Trio who recorded the original soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965. Accompanying Granelli are Simon Fisk on bass, Chris Gestrin on piano, and a local choir—the Cross Town Youth Chorus.

In addition to the unforgettable music, Granelli will sharing the story of the Guaraldi Trio who made the famous album. This will be an event that the whole family will enjoy.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Ottawa Jazz Festival website.


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Black Friday Deals

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Looking for some awesome deals for your holiday shopping? Today is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year! Browse the deals below and shop online to avoid the crowds and long lines—that way you can spend less time shopping and more time with family and loved ones this weekend.

Send some festive flowers to your loved ones or get a live plant or wreath to decorate your own home. 1-800-Flowers has Black Friday/Cyber Monday Savings all weekend long! Save 25% on your purchase of select items. Use promo code HLDYTWNTYFV at checkout. (Offer valid from 11/28 12:01AM EST to 12/01 11:59PM EST.)
Amazon has some great deals and low prices on Black Friday, but the savings continue all week long. Shop Amazon’s Black Friday deals week.
For even the toughest person on your shopping list, you can find something funny, festive, chipper, or hobby-related at CafePress. You can even create your own t-shirts, pajamas, hoodies—anything! Planning a family reunion next year? Now is the chance to save big on your order. Check out their Black Friday sale! 30% off with code BLKFRI. Good through 11/28.
You can find lots of cute clothes for your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews at Gymboree. Get 50% off everything, plus $10 sleep and $15 fleece tops (11/26–11/28).
HearthSong is a fantastic place to shop for all kinds of kids’ toys. Check out their Black Friday deals—including free shipping for purchases $49+ and a $15 reward card at! Use code LSHSBFRI14.
Give the gift of a Kiwi Crate this holiday season! The crate is chock-full of activities and creative stuff to inspire young ones. They’re having an exclusive Kiwi Crate Black Friday sale! Starting today through 12/1, save 60% on your 1st month subscription to Kiwi Crate PLUS free shipping with code HOLIDAY60 at checkout.
Find unique toys, gifts, home decor, and more for children of all ages at Land of Nod. Receive free parcel shipping PLUS 15% off your order at The Land of Nod from 11/27 through 12/1 for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday super sale!
Kohl’s is a great place to shop for clothes for the whole family. Looking for pretty linens for Christmas dinner or accent pieces for your home decor? Check out Kohl’s, and save 15% off sitewide with code THANKS15 11/24–11/28.
Walmart is your one stop shop for toys, electronics, or other miscellaneous items for the home. For everyone on your list, shop Black Friday deals at!

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Etsy Item of the Day: Advent Calendar for Dogs

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If you’re anything like me, then your dog is a member of the family with his own stocking hanging by the fireplace. So when I saw this Advent calendar for dogs, I immediately loved it! Handmade with felt and filled with Mr. Linus’ homemade, all natural peanut butter bones, this Advent calendar will keep your furry friend happy all throughout December.

Etsy Seller: Mr. Linus’ Pet Barkery

USO Holiday Boxes

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When you think of the United Service Organizations [or USO], you may immediately think of USO tours, during which the USO sends entertainers to perform for American soldiers stationed around the world—from Japan to the Persian Gulf to the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Past performers include Bob Hope, Robin Williams, Lena Horne, Johnny Unitas, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Steve Martin, the Sesame Street crew, and many more.

While the USO tours are fantastic, the USO actually does so much more. The USO has been around since 1941, and the mission of this nonprofit is to “lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.” From arranging USO tours to sending care packages to offering support with health issues to delivering prepaid international phone cards to the soldiers, the USO is succeeding in their mission.

One particular way you can help the USO brighten the troops’ spirits this Christmas is by donating so that they may send USO Holiday Boxes. Specifically for soldiers in remote locations who do not have access to traditional USO centres, these boxes contain holiday decorations, edible goodies, and more for 50 troops. The USO offers boxes for four different holidays, and the winter box includes:

  • Snowflake decorations & holiday lights
  • Seasonal greeting cards
  • Holiday CDs & DVDs
  • Popcorn, plus other holiday treats & candy
  • Hand & feet warmers
  • Holiday-scented air freshener
  • New Year’s decorations

For more information on the holiday boxes, visit the USO website or contact a USO representative.


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