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Roots & Folks

The Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia is well named, as the majority of apple producers—many of whom also produce other tree fruits—grow their crops in the rich...

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The cabin at Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve. I gaze at the little cabin nestled in the snow that has been our family’s retreat for more than 40 years. Surrounded by snow-laced...

Old World Whittler

It was the large tree stump near the sidewalk at the front of their property that first caught his eye. Faron Young and his wife Joyce had just moved into...
In the 1880s Thomas Nast and other artists drew on characters including Saint Nicholas to develop the red suited, rotund Santa we know today.

Christmas in 1867

Our streets present a lively appearance today, and holiday goods were going off briskly. The book stores and fancy goods establishments make grand displays, every...

Wartime Christmas

EVEN THE most cursory glance at December issues of newspapers and magazines published in Canada during the Second World War is sufficient to suggest that the...

It's a Dog's Life

THERE’S A cacophony of barking when I knock on the door of Linda Lusby’s home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Wolfville, NS. She comes to the door of her mudroom,...

The Conkerers

Stepping into the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, I immediately hear something I haven’t heard since I was a child: the sharp clacking of horse chestnuts...