December 2009 | Issue 120 Cover

December 2009 | Issue 120

Editor's Message

Happy Holidays to all!

It must be December, my wallet feels a whole lot lighter (not that it was heavy to begin with) but the spending sprees for gifts that come during Christmas time sure to warm retailers’ hearts. You may mistake the ringing of cash registers for sleigh bells, and ask “What recession?”

Welcome to our very special Holiday issue. Yes, it’s that time of the year again and this time we examine how Calgary celebrates this most joyous of holidays. We take a look at the traditional ways that Cow Town whoops it up during Christmas with a rundown of events, stage plays and spectacles in and around the city.

We also cast an eye out for the most out-of-this-world shopping in town; one-of-a-kind shops that are uniquely Calgary, specializing in products that can put a smile on anyone’s face. A lot of these stores can be easily missed because they aren’t in big box malls but they — like countless others out there — add to the Christmas flavour of Cow Town.

Besides, it’s usually in these little shops where you can find the best deals and some of the rarer, more unique items — how about a vintage tin robot, a Curious George jack-in-the-box, cool model train sets — toys that have their own character and I’m not talking just cartoon characters. Check out our Gift Ideas section and you’ll see what I mean. Ann Sutherland’s Focus On also gets in on the Christmas Spirit with décor ideas.

Let’s not forget the stars of this magazine, our monthly parade of show homes, and do we have a special selection for the Yule. First off is Sanderson Ridge on Fish Creek Park by Medican, the 40-plus multi-family in Evergreen features a ton of amenities that give new meaning to the term “staycation.” We reveal the plans that make Casel by Niklas Group one of the most anticipated projects in the city. Last but not least is Mosaic Motif in New Brighton and how this ready-to-move-in suburban condo is attracting a wide range of buyers.

Also, Associate Publisher Jim Zang does a guest writing turn this issue, as he interviews, Lynn in her fabulous Blue Sky condo. Meanwhile, green guru L. Sara Bysterveld gives us tips on how to throw an environmentally friendly party for the holidays in her Going Green feature.

Stay tuned next month when we delve into the magazine’s health and wellness edition and talk about shedding the pounds from the festivities.

Til then, have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Pepper Rodriguez

In This Issue

Casel on the hill

Casel on the hill

Convenience and style go hand-in-hand in Niklas Group’s latest inner city project, Casel, as the…

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Christmas in Cow Town

Christmas in Cow Town

Cow Town turns to Tinsel Town at Christmas when the whole city of a million-plus…

Read more about Christmas in Cow Town

Instant Carma

Instant Carma

The click of a button, the snap of a finger, this is the day and…

Read more about Instant Carma

Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation

Location, looks and luxury, Sanderson Ridge on Fish Creek Park has it all; and Medican’s…

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