People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? What about eggnog – yay or nay?

On the plus side, more Canadians expecting the holidays to be less stressful than last year

People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a Christmas display in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Olivia Jackson recounts her adventure with ‘a grinch’ Wednesday, Dec. 22. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks girl finds the Grinch before Christmas

‘The Grinch hates Christmas,’ says six-year-old Olivia Jackson

Olivia Jackson recounts her adventure with ‘a grinch’ Wednesday, Dec. 22. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
A mother miniature pot-bellied pig and her two female piglets (about three months old), seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, are looking for a foster home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: 3 stray pigs at Chilliwack SPCA looking for foster home

Mother pig and 2 piglets need ‘specialized’ foster home, says Chilliwack SPCA branch manager

A mother miniature pot-bellied pig and her two female piglets (about three months old), seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, are looking for a foster home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Scientists say an amazingly well-preserved fossil egg, as shown here in this handout image, adds more evidence to the close links between dinosaurs and modern birds. Darla Zelenitsky from the University of Calgary says the embryo of the therapod dinosaur is curled up inside the egg just like a chicken, curled up with its back against the broad end of the egg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Calgary

Scientist says amazingly preserved fossil egg shows dinosaur, bird links

Embryo of the therapod dinosaur is curled up inside the egg just like a chicken

Scientists say an amazingly well-preserved fossil egg, as shown here in this handout image, adds more evidence to the close links between dinosaurs and modern birds. Darla Zelenitsky from the University of Calgary says the embryo of the therapod dinosaur is curled up inside the egg just like a chicken, curled up with its back against the broad end of the egg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Calgary
The squirrels in Mears Park in St. Paul, Minn, like these on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, are fat, bold, and accustomed to being fed by people. They have been chewing through wires on the Christmas lights, so Mears Park isn’t lit up as usual this holiday season. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)

Squirrels force US city to scale back holiday lights in public park

Group responsible for St. Paul display says blame the ‘tree rats’

The squirrels in Mears Park in St. Paul, Minn, like these on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, are fat, bold, and accustomed to being fed by people. They have been chewing through wires on the Christmas lights, so Mears Park isn’t lit up as usual this holiday season. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is shown on June 22, 2019. A British court on Tuesday ordered the ruler of Dubai to pay his ex-wife and their children about 550 million pounds ($730 million), in one of the most expensive divorce settlements in British history. The High Court said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum must pay 251.5 million pounds to his sixth wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, and make ongoing payments for their children Al Jalila, 14, and Zayed, 9 underpinned by a bank guarantee of 290 million pounds. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Dubai ruler must pay ex-wife $730M in divorce settlement

Judge says the family needed “water-tight security” of 11 million pounds annually

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is shown on June 22, 2019. A British court on Tuesday ordered the ruler of Dubai to pay his ex-wife and their children about 550 million pounds ($730 million), in one of the most expensive divorce settlements in British history. The High Court said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum must pay 251.5 million pounds to his sixth wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, and make ongoing payments for their children Al Jalila, 14, and Zayed, 9 underpinned by a bank guarantee of 290 million pounds. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
Milla has been missing for three weeks and her family has hired a professional to help bring her home (Kyle Dyck, gofundme.com)
Milla has been missing for three weeks and her family has hired a professional to help bring her home (Kyle Dyck, gofundme.com)
Letters from stem cell recipients to thier anonymous donors are bringing cheer this holiday season. (Photo illustration by Black Press with photo from Why We Swab)

Canadian stem cell recipients share heartwarming letters to anonymous donors

Why We Swab: Correspondence shared in awareness campaign to recruit more donors

Letters from stem cell recipients to thier anonymous donors are bringing cheer this holiday season. (Photo illustration by Black Press with photo from Why We Swab)
Rent the Chicken hens and roosters in the snow (Marie McGivern)

Cozy coops: How Okanagan backyard farmers keep their chickens warm in the winter

Cluckingham palace is one of the local chicken havens for backyard laying hens

Rent the Chicken hens and roosters in the snow (Marie McGivern)
Gary the Cat is a popular instagram celebrity, with the famous adventure cat paying a visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and other RCR resorts this past week to mark the start of ski season. (JAmes Eastham photo)

Gary the Cat pays visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

The Rockies favourite adventure cat is doing a tour of RCR resorts this week

Gary the Cat is a popular instagram celebrity, with the famous adventure cat paying a visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and other RCR resorts this past week to mark the start of ski season. (JAmes Eastham photo)
FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Red snow? Song becomes a most unexpected modern standard for the holidays

Songwriter surprised at how ‘White Winter Hymnal’ has turned into a Christmas staple

FILE - Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14, 2018, in Indio, Calif. The Fleet Foxes song “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Pecknold, and released in 2008, has become a modern holiday standard, sung by children’s choirs in countless school assemblies. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
More than 100 figurines and roughly 40,000 total lights adorn the yard outside Wiley Jones Irwin’s home. Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

Holiday season lights a bright spot amid pandemic resurgence

People and communities indulging in more and more elaborate light shows this holiday season

More than 100 figurines and roughly 40,000 total lights adorn the yard outside Wiley Jones Irwin’s home. Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)

QUIZ: How much do you know about toys and games?

From long-lasting traditions to fads, there’s a lot of history to play and recreation.

Lego has gone through considerable changes over the years. When was this toy introduced? (LEGO via AP)
Jerry Martin hauls a freshly cut fir tree through rows of evergreens at Pine Meadows Tree Farms in Chilliwack on Dec. 16, 2019. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021 is Look for an Evergreen Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Dec. 19 to 25

Look for an Evergreen Day, Festivus, Humbug Day all coming up this week

Jerry Martin hauls a freshly cut fir tree through rows of evergreens at Pine Meadows Tree Farms in Chilliwack on Dec. 16, 2019. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021 is Look for an Evergreen Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
8888 unique 3D dog NFT (RuffLife)

Buy an NFT, help a real dog: RuffLife supports BC SPCA to raise funds for animals

RuffLife Rescues is based in Kelowna and will donate 40 per cent of profits

8888 unique 3D dog NFT (RuffLife)
Maddy Hejak, owner of Dog Logic Toronto, poses for a photograph while dog walking for clients in Toronto, on Monday, December 13, 2021. The pandemic puppy boom has been a boon to the pet industry, helping businesses recoup lockdown-related losses, and in some cases, expand operations, say owners and analysts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Pandemic puppy boom drives profits, unleashes havoc on pet businesses

Pet-care professionals warn the canine rush has outpaced capacity to meet pets’ distinct needs

Maddy Hejak, owner of Dog Logic Toronto, poses for a photograph while dog walking for clients in Toronto, on Monday, December 13, 2021. The pandemic puppy boom has been a boon to the pet industry, helping businesses recoup lockdown-related losses, and in some cases, expand operations, say owners and analysts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
The Vancouver Park Board has created a brand new beach for residents to enjoy. (Vancouver Park Board)

New Barge Chilling Beach makes its debut on Vancouver’s shoreline

Barge washed up on Sunset Beach during the mid-November storms

The Vancouver Park Board has created a brand new beach for residents to enjoy. (Vancouver Park Board)
A 40-foot shipping container stuffed to the brim brings smiles to faces in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon after surviving a massive explosion in the Port of Beirut. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)

Miracle container filled with B.C. charity donations survives Beirut blast

Found 40-foot container provides Syrian refugees skills training, school

A 40-foot shipping container stuffed to the brim brings smiles to faces in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon after surviving a massive explosion in the Port of Beirut. (Compassionate Resource Warehouse/Facebook)
Ryder Newhouse, 14, packages up dog cookies that he helped make with Fergie’s Doggie Delight Pet Bakery co-owner Connie MacDonald on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Treats and dogs: Work experience for teen with autism combines love for pets, baking in Chilliwack

When ‘Take Our Kids to Work Day’ arrived for Ryder Newhouse, a pet treat bakery welcomed him in

Ryder Newhouse, 14, packages up dog cookies that he helped make with Fergie’s Doggie Delight Pet Bakery co-owner Connie MacDonald on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Reducing financial stress during the holidays is possible in a variety of ways, expert says. (Black Press Media file photo)

Planning, communication can help B.C. residents beat financial stress over the holidays

Reducing stress around gifts includes creativity, thrift shopping, financial planning says expert

Reducing financial stress during the holidays is possible in a variety of ways, expert says. (Black Press Media file photo)