The holidays are always an exciting time for many of us to get together with family and friends and engage in festive activities. Christmas is just around the corner and that usually means big dinners, family reunions, and gift exchanges. However, many of us know how daunting it can be to be organized around this time of year; whether itâ€™s preparing those dinners, preparing your house for family visits, or scrambling to get the perfect gift for everyone, itâ€™s going to be a little overwhelming. Usually preparing for everything requires hitting the malls (which would be an impressive feat if you were to get everything you needed in one trip and to have come out alive) and having to splurge on items that leave you with a gaping hole in your wallet. One way to make things relatively easier and more cost effective this holiday is to invest in D.I.Y. or â€œdo-it-yourselfâ€ methods.
There are loads of websites out there that are dedicated to providing easy tutorials for a variety of D.I.Y. projects, including ones exclusively for the holiday seasons that provide ideas for handmade gifts and home decorations. Here are a few websites that can help you stay organized and stay cool under the pressures of the holiday heat, as well as adding a personalized touch to your holidays.
Christmas home decoration ideas:
D.I.Y. Christmas gift ideas:
Have fun D.I.Y.-ing and happy holidays!
Thank goodness finals are over and the holiday season is upon us! Kick start your holidays by hitting the slopes, and shredding some serious air!
Brace yourself for the cold weather, and gear up from head to toe. Don’t get caught in the cold without the proper equipment and gear.
1. Goggles- nothing hurts more than snow hit your eyes like shards of glass, throw on protective eye wear to prevent wind and debris hitting you in the eyes
2. Helmet- If you’re planning on perfecting jumps, you are going to need protective head gear to break your fall from bailing!
3. Winter JacketÂ - Make sure its waterproof and super warm! It gets cold on the mountain, so bundle up!
This Look of the Week is dedicated to the skiers and snowboarders gearing up for the upcoming season on the mountain!
Model: Dominic Impelido
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Stay tuned for carolling, cookies, treats, holiday dinners and yes, christmas shopping. Don’t panic! There are eight days until ChristmasÂ and that leaves plenty of time to get those presents under the tree. Here are some fast and efficient ways to get your holiday shopping done in a matter of hours (or minutes, depending on your time restraint)! Don’t be Ebenezer Scrooge! Instead, be the Santa of your family and friends!
The planning process is possibly the most time consuming, therefore, the key element to getting things done efficiently and orderly is having a list. This list includes the names of those you need to buy for, with potential gift ideas for each person. It is important to narrow down your ideas to two. That way, you wouldn’t be standing in a store for half an hour trying to figure out whether or not they’d like it. Double check that you have everyone accounted for.
Once you have potential gift ideas for everyone, choosing the location is next. Jumping from place to place won’t help with the limited amount of time, so you need one-stop-shop. Malls are great since there are about 100+ stores to choose form. A great location is Downtown, Vancouver. If you’ve selected a mall, make sure all the items on your list are available there. Once you’ve reached your location, grab a mall directory and plan your route!
The mall is a great place for distractions with all of its festive decorations, cheerful music and mobs shoppers getting in your way. Don’t be distracted with your surroundings. Rather, hone in on your target and go!
Time is not on your side, so don’t waste time searching for what you need in a store if you can’t find it. Retail staff were hired on for a reason, to help people like you! Upon entering a store, the first thing you should find is a sales associate, and they should be able to grab what you need right away! Don’t walk around like a headless chicken, just ASK. Wasting time could lead to someone else grabbing those last pair of socks you needed for Jimmy!
Ok, maybe not bells, but that would be the sound of jingling change in your pocket from all your purchases. Use your extra change and donate to get your gifts wrapped! The mall gift wrapping stations usually donate their earnings to charity, so, you are ideally killing two birds with one stone, getting all your gifts wrapped AND donating towards a good cause.
You’ll feel just like Santa after completing your Christmas shopping! Hopefully, these few steps and tasks will help in reducing your stress throughout the gift purchasing process. Now you can start on those Christmas goodies!
Spread the Christmas cheer and happy holidays!
Deck the halls with boughs of hollyâ€¦.itâ€™s the pantomime season again, eagerly awaited by tiny tots and adults alike!
At this festive season Metro is presenting a pantomime seldom performed any more,Â ALI BABA, complete with all the stock characters,Â Ali Baba, Wakey Fakir, the evil El Hoot Dawg, the sinister Rhum Baba, and of course a pantomimeÂ dame (this year Cassie Blanca). Throw in the never to be forgottenÂ Demon Distastely, add his arch enemyÂ Fairy NerdÂ and sprinkle in an animal or two inÂ Mudder, the sacred cowÂ andÂ Dobbin, the donkeyÂ and you can see we have a great line up of comedic characters to entertain you.
Many new faces are appearing in this years panto as a series of complications have resulted in many regulars not being in a position to perform the show this year.
Included areÂ Christopher DellingerÂ as the Demon,Â Jennifer MoranÂ as the Fairy,Â James WalkerÂ as Ali Baba,Â Andre WadeÂ as Wakey Fakir andSara DickinsonÂ as Polly.
Johnny DuncanÂ who writes the pantomime each year is co-directing withÂ Cathy WilmotÂ along with popular choreographerÂ Dawn EwenÂ andÂ David RogersÂ conducting the baton as Musical Director.
Ticket prices remain the same as last years pantomime atÂ $23.50Â for adults but onlyÂ $14.00Â for children of ten years of age and under,
There will be laughs galore, lots of audience participation, eye boggling sceneryÂ in what is guaranteed to be the highlight of the holiday season.
Advance tickets for the pantomime are now on sale at our box office and can be ordered by phone atÂ 604-266-7191. Visa, Mastercard can be taken over the phone but Debit can not. It can be accepted if bought direct at our box-office .
The performance dates for Ali Baba are:
Evening shows at 7.00 p.m.Â Dec 16,17 ,22 ,23 ,26, 27 , 29 , 30 January 2,5,6,7,
Matinee shows at 2.00 p.m.Â Dec 17, 18, 26, 27. January 1, 2, 7