As the Christmas shopping season arrives with Black Friday in the US, I can't think of anything more ridiculous than camping outside of a store in order to buy stuff. Except for shooting, trampling or pepper-spraying your fellow shoppers in order to get at said stuff, of which there were many reported instances this year. In reaction to the frenzy, the Vancouver-based magazine … [Read more...] about Shopping locally this Christmas is a gift to the Royal City
A drug-addicted single mother of a 10-year-old girl trying and failing to hold her life together. A father of two, the sole breadwinner in the family, laid off from his job and desperate for work. Families like these struggle to scrape together money for groceries, let alone presents. As evidenced by the long lines at Metro Vancouver's largest food bank here in New Westminster, … [Read more...] about The Santa challenge: Adopt a family in need this Christmas
This is a guest post by Sheila Keenan, a local blogger who has committed to shopping only in New Westminster for one year. She is chronicling her experiences on her blog, My Year of Shopping Locally. If you have some local shopping tips for Sheila (and the rest of us!) please share your suggestions in the comments! I like Christmas presents that get used up or used often. … [Read more...] about Buy local this Christmas: Here’s where to shop in New Westminster
We have luxuriated in the lovely pine scent of our Christmas tree for the last month, but the time has come to lift the ornaments from its weary branches and pack it off to the annual firefighters' tree-chipping fundraiser on Saturday Jan. 9 & Sunday Jan. 10. from 11-4 in the parking lot at Canada Games Pool. To my toddler, the tree-chipping is a fitting crescendo finish … [Read more...] about Tree-chipping Jan 9 & 10
When the first fluffy flakes fell before Christmas, New Westminster was postcard-pretty and everywhere I went I could hear people humming to themselves "... where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow ... " Once Snowmageddon hit in full force, it wasn't so cute anymore. A local blogger, Daniel from CityCaucus.com, was one of many of us who … [Read more...] about White Christmas was lovely … but enough already!
Shiloh Sixth Avenue church offered a special "Blue Christmas" service yesterday for people coping with loss and grief. Aside from a minor flood in our basement this season due to a burst pipe (eek!) and the occasional family tiff we have not yet been faced with adversity at Christmastime. We have been lucky. I imagine for those who do experience tragedy at this time of year, it … [Read more...] about Shiloh’s ‘Blue Christmas’ service reaches out to the grief-stricken