DIY Holiday Decorations

While we’re all still spending lots of time at home and surely have moved on from making homemade bread, creating your own Christmas ornaments is a time consuming DIY project that will give you that same sense of accomplishment, not to mention it’s affordable and eco-friendly. Christmas decorations can get pricey and it’s easy to … Continued

Holiday party games

For those who believe games aren’t just for children; these holiday-themed activities are perfect for get-togethers and small parties. Guess How Many Ornaments on the Christmas Tree This is a great icebreaker to use while waiting for guests to arrive. If you don’t have a Christmas tree, you can have people guess the number of … Continued

Vegan Mexican chocolate spice cookies

These are like a spicy, chocolatey version of snickerdoodles; perfect for those who like their cookies with a bit of a bite. Ingredients ½ cup vegan butter or margarine 1 cup sugar ¼ cup vegan milk 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups flour (can be gluten-free) 2 tsp baking powder ¼ cup cocoa powder 1 tsp … Continued

All I want for Christmas is…

The twenty-six-year streak is over. For the first time in my life, I won’t be spending Christmas with my family. I moved to Nanaimo from Regina in 2013, but I’ve always made the trip back home during the holidays. This Christmas, though, my parents and several of my five siblings will be vacationing in Jamaica. … Continued

Marketing through the holiday hangover

Above: 📷 iStockPhoto By Krista Meckelborg The holiday hangover is known as period of time after an extended vacation, often when feelings of melancholy occur. The days after returning to a regular routine are generally approached with disappointment and disgust. The 6 am mornings after a week of sleeping in past noon. The dreadfully long hours trapped … Continued

Holiday movies

Above: Photo via shockya.com By Arts Editor Brendan Barlow Well everyone, the semester is coming to a close and you’re presently sitting down and reading the last issue of The Navigator in 2016. Along with the year and the semester ending, it’s also treading closer and closer to that most wonderful (or terrible, or indifferent, … Continued

Toys for Tots hip hop show

By Sports and Lifestyle Editor Cole Schisler Tyler Barnes, otherwise known as Jinx TK, is busy preparing for his third year of organizing the Toys for Tots charity hip hop show, which will take place December 1 at 9 pm at The Cambie on 63 Victoria Crescent. Originally from Edmonton, Barnes began his hip hop career … Continued

News in a nutshell

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell WHAT The annual Kris Kringle Craft Market will be returning next month for a four-day “Christmas extravaganza” from November 17 – 20. WHERE Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo. Event tickets are $10/day or $15 for a four-day pass. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE The Market hosts over 150 artisans selling a wide … Continued

A very Egyptian Christmas

By contributor Farida El Sheshing Back home, my family and I have always celebrated Christmas. I never asked why, but I often wondered. We would buy a foldable, plastic Christmas tree and spend days decorating it with whatever we came across, along with many colourful lights. After years of storing and reusing it, we would replace the tree just … Continued

What I learned from Ebenezer Scrooge

By contributor Jennifer Cox I love everything about Christmas: the bright lights that my neighbours string along rooflines and in hedges, the nativity scenes and inflatable Santas that fill the yards, the carols in the shopping malls, and the blitz of parties and cookie exchanges around my community. But every year, as I flip my … Continued

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