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?
Kick it old-school with this video roundup of Mike Tompkins’ greatest hits.
Who’s up? Who’s down? Our 2011 survey of the people, professions and institutions that Canadians trust the most
Trust is getting a rough ride these days. Brands that once seemed invincible have been challenged recently and often very publicly. We’ve watched giants stumble, fortresses crumble, and sweeping apologies made. And yet certain brands endure, and in our second annual Trusted Brands […]
Can Canada handle a Gulf-style oil disaster?
Who says one person can’t make a difference? Find out what five individuals did when they were each given $100 and assigned one simple task –to make a positive change in their community.
Our January 2011 feature, “Dustin’s Town,” has been seven years in the making, ever since author Erin Millar decided in 2004 to cover the tragic story of Dustin Paul, a convicted killer she once went to school with in Penticton, B.C. Since its publication a lot of readers have written into Reader’s Digest expressing their […]