I absolutely love this video from a band located in Burlington, Ontario. In just one week, they have had almost 14 MILLION views on YouTube, and they are surely the next big super group.

    So proud of our Canadian musicians! Way to go, Walk off the Earth!



  • It’s almost here – and people are running amok in the streets and the malls! Oh, the humanity!

    Never fails to amaze me that Christmas seems to “sneak up” on people, and they go into a mad panic just before the “big day”. Today I had some errands to run – normal errands, since I finished all my shopping about a week ago – and was not entirely happy to be surrounded by frantic, grumpy people as they jostled for position in line ups, roared around in their cars, and basically behaved like crazed lunatics. I’m not big on crowds, and surly crowds don’t make it any better.

    Folks, really? It’s the same time every single year. What is the point of putting things off so long that you throw yourself (and everyone around you) into a tail spin at the last minute? And why is it that people seem to lose their common courtesy at the same time?

    Actually, that’s not entirely true. There were some really nice people out there today, including one young driver who waved 3 cars, including mine, out of the parking lot ahead of her so we didn’t have to wait forever to move. Now that was super nice, and I gave her a big smile and wave for doing so, as did the people she let out ahead of me. A feel-good moment amid the chaos of Christmas.

    Polite Canada is off to a slow start, but come the new year, we will get moving and introduce more content and contributors. “Mrs. Lawrence’s Terrific Twos” have a project waiting to go up, which will happen in early January.

    Please share with your friends, leave us a comment, and get involved with our movement! Help us make Canada even better!

    Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays, friends!

  • Discussion 09.12.2011 No Comments

    I came across a post by a friend of mine today, and thought I’d put my 2ยข into the mix.

    The Teen and I were discussing the “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” politically correct nonsense just yesterday. Depending on where we would go in our shopping travels, we’d hear both, and more often than not, the “Merry Christmas” would sound like a challenge, rather than the heartfelt sentiment it’s meant to be. The Hubby and I spent a few days away in Pennsylvania this week, and heard the same thing there. In one case I was purchasing a gift in a small store, and the owner handed me my change, looked me square in the eye, and ground out “MERRY. CHRISTMAS.” as though she were daring me to make something of it. Frightening.

    How far we have fallen that such simple words can bring us to hurl them as epithets.

    The Teen and I both have friends who are Muslim or other “non Christian” faiths (or no religious faith at all, like our family). We got to thinking about those friends, and came to the conclusion that not a single one of them would have a problem with someone saying “Merry Christmas” to them. It would not cause them to recoil from the wisher, make them angry, or cause them to feel insulted. In fact, one of the Teen’s friends is a lovely Muslim girl who makes it a point to wish people a Merry Christmas during this time of year, even if she herself doesn’t celebrate it. She gets it, and she’s still a kid. There is hope for us yet.

    Who thought this whole “politically correct” change to the holidays up, anyway? No doubt a group of small-minded, narrow-thinking “do-gooders” who couldn’t bear the thought of a single person being insulted for any reason, and figured it needed a rule. No matter that the kind of person who would be insulted by being wished “Merry Christmas” is likely the kind of person who would find fault or imagine ethnic segregation in just about anything anyway. Fortunately, that isn’t the vast majority of people. All people, and that means people of all race, creed, and colour, appreciate kindness and good will. We are not so different that it could possibly be any other way, except in the small, damaged groups of people who take it upon themselves to cause trouble for people who aren’t looking for it.

    Past the obvious Christian roots and meaning to the holiday, Christmas can mean many things, and will depend on those who celebrate it. I grew up and continue to this day to believe that Christmas is a time for family. It’s a time for extra love, extra joy, and perhaps also a time to get past the minor things that caused us angst or hurt throughout the year. It’s a time to celebrate being together, eat good food, and sing great songs. (Unfortunately it also means extra bills and calories, but we don’t need to go there just now!)

    I have been wished “Happy Hannukah”, “Happy Kwanzaa”, “Happy Diwali” and many other things throughout the year, and take it all with the spirit in which it’s intended; as a wish for my happiness during a special time.

    How can anyone have a problem with someone wishing them well? Let’s stop being ridiculous, people.

    Merry Christmas, my friends.


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