Christmas Gifts

My favourite Christmas gifts are, and have always been, books. When I was six, my family had just moved to a small Quebec town where there was no bookstore that sold English books. My godfather gave me TEN BOOKS for Christmas. It was my best present. I remember distinctly that they were not all books…

Christmas People

My sister was a “Christmas person”. She was born on November 18 and her Christmas tree went up that day. She took it down, with many regrets, on January 18, her husband’s birthday. “It’s not as long as you’d think”, she’d say. This year, in the midst of the pandemic, Christmas will be special, and…

The Shepherd

This year I participated in a Blue Christmas service, which is a service for people who find the holiday season difficult. I was a contributor and, because I write, I was asked to tell the Christmas story from a different perspective. I decided to tell to take the voice of a shepherd and this was…

Stories and Christmas

Tomorrow you and I will wake up and join millions of other people from around the world to celebrate Christmas. The day will make some of us happy and others very unhappy, but why? There is a story to Christmas – a story beyond the Christ Child, or Santa Claus. The story is linked to…

The Curator

I am desperate to understand why I cannot keep my desk clear. It is as if the objects that accumulate there have a life of their own. At Christmas, I took two weeks off. One snowy day in late December, I sorted through the piles of paper and organized the piles of books. By the…

Holiday Coverage

This is the second year that I have been Clinical Director of the Youth Program at my hospital and, like last year, I am covering for my colleagues on the working days between December 25, 2017 and January 2, 2018. There are three work days during this period and our various programs include approximately 500…