School doubles down on Charlie Brown Christmas ban

A Texas school district said an employee forced her religious beliefs on students after she decorated an office door with a scene from the cherished holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Dedra Shannon, who works at Patterson Middle School in ... ( read original story ...)

4 tips for a hearty, healthy Christmas tree

With Christmas Day just two weeks away, Gerard Demaiter of Benjamin Tree Farm in Waterloo has entered what he calls his busy season. Hundreds of people will visit his farm, looking for the perfect conifer to decorate and set presents beneath. But will it ... ( read original story ...)

When buying a Christmas tree, think safety first

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree is a fun tradition for many families, but it’s important to consider fire safety when decorating for the holidays, a pediatricians’ group advises. People who opt for an artificial tree should make sure it’s fire ... ( read original story ...)

Roy MacGregor on his failure as a Christmas tree pruner

Roy MacGregor's latest book is Canoe Country: The Making of Canada. MacGregor is an author and journalist, but if you rewind a few decades, you'll find his first job was a little more rustic. When I was 13 years old, I was hired to prune Christmas trees up ... ( read original story ...)