Canadian Living - - Contents - Erin Mclaugh­lin cl. read­ers@ tva.ca @ er­in­m­claugh­lin1 in­sta­gram.com/erin. mclaugh­lin1

Sound­less snow­falls blan­ket streets aglow with twin­kle lights, while house win­dows, like muted tele­vi­sion screens, frame happy mem­o­ries in the mak­ing in­side. Heart­warm­ing scenes like these help de­fine Christ­mas in Canada, when the na­tion strives to put the stress, chaos and monotony of ev­ery­day life on pause. We stop and smell the prover­bial poin­set­tias and fo­cus our at­ten­tions and af­fec­tions on those we love.

To hon­our this sea­son of gen­eros­ity, our an­nual gift guide (“32 Best Hol­i­day Gifts!,” page 24) is full of our favourite finds, and it prom­ises to help you please ev­ery­one on your list. Food­ies will want to turn to “Tastes Like Home” (page 102) for our Test Kitchen’s most-cov­etable culi­nary items from across the coun­try, in­clud­ing salt, spir­its and sweets.

Spoil loved ones fur­ther with fes­tive get-to­geth­ers. Plan your menu with our Tested-till-per­fect recipes— the Swedish Meat­balls With Gravy (page 120) and Quick Fruit­cake Loaf (page 130) are must-tries—and, as you do, con­sider in­clud­ing the max­i­mum amount of the mer­ry­mak­ing in­gre­di­ents de­scribed in “Food for Thought” (page 84). Deck the halls with ease by fol­low­ing Home & Style direc­tor Ann Marie Favot’s hol­i­day decor­at­ing ad­vice (“Set the Mood,” page 92), and check out the chic on-trend makeup tricks in “Sparks Fly” (page 40) that will have you par­tyready in mo­ments. Should you be far away from your loved ones, read “6 Ways to Feel Happy When the Hol­i­days Leave You Lonely” (page 62) for strate­gies to cre­ate mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions in the ab­sence of prox­im­ity.

Think of this De­cem­ber is­sue as your lit­tle helper for mak­ing the most of this joy­ous sea­son. Happy hol­i­days from all of us at Cana­dian Liv­ing!

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