Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Faculty of Community Services Blog team at Ryerson, to you and yours!

During this holiday season, we hope that the ones you love surround you and you are enjoying some much needed relaxation. We hope that you are indulging in comfort foods of all sorts (i.e hot chocolate, freshly baked cookies, mashed potatoes, etc), taking the time to do activities you love, getting cozy in your bed, and taking advantage of some guilt-free Netflix binge watching session. Most of all, we hope that your holiday season is filled with joy, happiness, peace, and love.

Every year seems like it starts off by leading up to this time of the year – the Holiday season. It seems to be the most anticipated time of the year for a lot of people and the big questions is: WHY?

Some people celebrate this time of the year for religious or spiritual reasons. They take this time of the year to reflect on their religious and spiritual beliefs, and take this opportunity to celebrate and share their religious practices and beliefs with others around them. For these people, it’s a time of religious and spiritual celebration and reflection.

Some people celebrate this time of the year as simply a time of relaxation – a break (something a lot of students see the Holiday season as). The holiday season offers the opportunity to take some time off and not have to worry about work or school. It’s a stress-free time of the year that is intended simply to be a break from the chaos and busyness of every day life.

Some people celebrate this time of the year as a time of giving back. During this time of the year, various charities and non-profit organizations receive an abundance of donations from communities, to ensure that everyone is able to spend the holiday season with the thought in mind that there are others out there who care for them. It also reinforces others to think about those less fortunate than they are, and to be grateful and selfless with what they may have.

Some people celebrate this time of year to participate in the commercial aspects of this season. This means that some people simply like to take part in gift giving, Christmas and/or holiday parties, holiday decorating, etc. It’s a time of the year to enjoy the typical festivities that the holiday season has to offer.

You may fall into one of these categories – or perhaps you can relate to more than one of these categories. Regardless of whatever your reason for celebrating the holidays is, I hope that you’re safe and you’re surrounded by peace, love, joy, and happiness. I hope that this holiday season brings you cheer and gives you an opportunity to relax, reflect on this past year, and look forward to the new year ahead.

Once again – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from us to you.

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Good bye, Fall 2015 Semester – Hello, Relaxation!

Today is the big day – the final day of exams and the official last day of the Fall 2015 semester! Congratulations to all students – and staff – who have made it this far and put in their hard work and effort throughout the semester. Hopefully all of the stress was worth it and you’re able to rest easy knowing you gave this semester your best shot. With all of the struggles we all went through this semester, I’d say that we’re more than ready for a well-deserved break. Lucky for us, this day marks the first day of this well-deserved break and we can finally put the stresses of this past semester behind us. This Holiday season is a time of rest and relaxation for a lot of students – and maybe even a little bit of fun! If you’re in the Toronto area this term break, here are a few things you and some family and friends can do to make your Holiday break a little bit more festive!

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TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKET

Where: The Distillery Historic District; Mill Street

When: Tuesdays – Sundays; November 20th, 2015 –December 20th, 2015

What: Christmas street festival and market with Christmas related entertainment, shopping and food vendors, activities, etc.

Why: With activities from music, dance, a Caroling challenge, meeting Santa, special Christmas cocktails and food, there’s sure to be something for someone who loves Christmas or just simply enjoys having a good time! Also, the Christmas Market is free of Admission from Tuesdays to Fridays! Otherwise, admission is only $5 (including tax!) on Saturdays and Sundays.

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SKATING AT NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE, HARBOURFRONT RINK, AND EVEN RYERSON’S OWN LAKE DEVO!

Where:
Nathan Phillips Square = 100 Queen St W; Near the historic Old City Hall!
Harbourfront Centre = 235 Queens Quay W; near the beautiful Lake Ontario with a gorgeous view of the Lake and the city skyline!
Ryerson “Lake Devo” = 350 Victoria St; near the heart of the city – Yonge & Dundas Square!

When: All open 7 days a week, 10am – 10pm! (With the exception of Ryerson’s Lake Devo, which is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day!)

What: The city’s best outdoor skating spots in the most iconic parts of the city!

Why: Outdoor skating has been a typical Christmas tradition and there’s nothing better than doing it in the most iconic parts of Toronto!

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RAPTORS OR LEAFS GAME AT AIR CANADA CENTRE

Where: 40 Bay St

When: Check game schedules for Raptors (http://www.nba.com/raptors/schedule) and Leafs (http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm)

What: Toronto’s two beloved home teams in Canada’s most loved sports face off other competitors in exciting court and ice action! Catch these widely-loved sports by Canadians across the country with family and/or friends!

Why: Hockey and basketball are Canadian-invented sports – with the Raptors and Leafs having the best fans in the world, seeing these games live is sure to not only add excitement to your Holiday season, but ignite your Canadian spirit as well!

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THE CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT HUDSON’S THE BAY

Where: 401 Bay St

When: Monday – Saturday, 9:00am to 9:30pm; Sundays, 10:00am to 7:00pm

What: Each year, The Hudson’s Bay in downtown Toronto (connected to CF Eaton Centre) arranges its window displays during the Holiday season to display magnificent scenes that depict a Christmas-related theme!

Why: These beautiful window displays make for stunning pictures and can even spark some Christmas decoration inspiration! These inspirational and elaborate displays make for Instagram-worthy posts!

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING (and for us students, Retail Therapy) AT CF EATON CENTRE

Where: 220 Yonge St

When: Monday – Saturday, 9:00am to 9:30pm; Sundays, 10:00am to 7:00pm

What: CF Toronto Eaton Centre is Toronto’s largest shopping centre that is located at the heart of the city!

Why: The Holiday season calls for Holiday shopping and the best place to get your entire Christmas list checked off is at Toronto’s most popular shopping centre! It’s three floors of great stores, great deals, and even better finds!

If you spend a little time in Toronto this Holiday break, feel free to go through this list and see how many you can go through. Holiday season in Toronto is sure to be a fun, festive, and lively one!

I wish all Ryerson staff and students a very Happy Holiday! Rest, relax, and enjoy yourselves – we all certainly deserve it!