This is a super-quick project that produces lovely results. Choose candles that are wrapped in cellophane, as these already have an adhesive surface to which the gilding will adhere.
Start downloading some great tunes from the albums writer Sarah Liss recommends adding to your mp3 player this month.
Find out which classic and current films writer John Semley recommends making some time for this month.
In the December 2011 issue of Reader’s Digest Canada, you may have caught a brief version of our interview with the Montreal-raised New Yorker writer, Adam Gopnik. Read the rest of the interview to find out what books and TV shows he’s into right now.
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Or maybe just looking for a good book to snuggle up with this winter? Whatever your needs, don’t head to the bookstore without consulting writer Emily Landau’s list of 10 great reads.
O Little Town of Bethlehem Words by Phillips Brooks Music by Lewis H. Redner Phillips Brooks, one of 19th-century America’s best-loved preachers, was ministering to a Philadelphia church when he wrote his now-famous verses at Christmastime in 1868. He had journeyed to the Holy Land three years earlier, and the memory was, he said, “still […]
The Twelve Days of Christmas Traditional In the Middle Ages, religious holidays were practically the only holidays, so lord and peasant alike tried to extend such happy times as long as possible. Christmas became not one day of celebration but 12, extending from Christmas Day to the Epiphany, when the Wise Men arrived with their […]
Deck the Halls Old Welsh Air Although most of us now live in rooms rather than vast, vaulted halls, we still deck them out at Christmastime — with holly, wreaths, flowers, colors, anything our imaginations can conjure up. The old traditions suggested by this song would seem to indicate that it is of ancient English […]
Silent Night English words adapted from the original German of Joseph Mohr, music by Franz Gruber On the afternoon of Christmas Eve in 1818, in a tiny village called Oberdorg, high in the Austrian Alps, Joseph Mohr, the local Catholic priest, wrote some appropriate stanzas for the season. The church pipe organ had given out […]
O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum) Traditional Centuries ago, a lovely legend arose that on the night Jesus was born, all the trees in the forests everywhere — in Africa where the night was warm, in Iceland where the night was frosty — bloomed and bore their most delicate fruit. Another legend exists, too, that Martin […]
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Most people seem to know about the First Emperor’s army of thousands of Terra Cotta Warriors but what about an army of peace? Last weekend, while touring around a few art exhibitions during Culture Days, Johanna came across the exhibition Les Soldates de la Paix, or Soldiers of Peace.
Readersdigest.ca takes a look back at Steve Jobs, and his contribution to our digital world.
A staple of 80s Canadian pop-culture, Fred Penner is making a comeback. Brush up by taking a look at some of his greatest hits from back in the day.
Generic drugs are considered “just as good” as their more expensive brand-name counterparts-but, as one writer experienced, in certain circumstances their effects can be dangerously different.
Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada by Christopher Guly There is no doubt the world has changed as a result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On that day nearly 3,000 people, including 24 Canadians, were killed in a series of barbaric acts. Their […]
Despite hundreds of millions in food aid, Guatemalans continue to starve. Are Canada’s trade stances to blame for their food crisis?
Good tales come in small packages, as these snippets prove. Feeling inspired? Write your own short short story and share it on Twitter with the hashtag #rdshorts. It will appear here on our website, in our iPad edition and possibly in the print magazine, too. How short can you go?