I should not have used *Happy* in the same heading with *Commercialmas*. It is sad, pathetic really, that we waste so much time and energy to celebrate something we only half believe in: Christmas. We can’t even say it in most social circles, it is “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”: I think the only “Spirit” most people have is the booze they purchase, because I don’t see much cheer out there in the shopping world. I see panic, anxiety, indecisiveness. We have no idea what to get that special someone for a gift.

I am trying to add a reminder each day in my editorial section of my online paper “The Rasta Rag” to think of others first. It isn’t all about wrapped gifts, toys, and shopping. It is about caring. Isn’t that why we bother to buy gifts: Because we care about someone?

Do you really care? Besides spending what you can’t afford, did you remember that Salvation Army money kettle at the mall? I swerve right by you to ensure a portion of my change goes in each one I pass. No one preaches to you, every coin or bill comes with a big Thank You from people who give time and efforts to help out where others fail miserably. The Salvation Army

Toys may warm the hearts of some girls and boys, but they will never warm a spot on the stove. I ate out yesterday. It was convenient; I was out and about, so I indulged in a little “guilty pleasure” on the road. It was careless, today I feel shame when I consider half of that same amount would feed a family. I’m not well-off enough to feed the world, but I tipped better yesterday than most people would consider helping those who are hungry. Feed Nova Scotia


Sure, I still buy gifts. Children love toys. But some children don’t have any. To them, this is just another *Season of Disappointment* with not even food or proper shelter.

Don’t forget your family, friends, and your holiday decorations. Make sure you add them to the list under your charitable donation. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, there are so many, just make sure your Christmas Spirit isn’t all *bottled up*. The Big Box Store put away a tidy profit to keep them going; they don’t need your support. People do.

Don’t just repeat “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” if you don’t mean it!

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Looking for a room mate in Halifax $425 in our sweet 10bedroom house!

Hey Halifax The Gathering in the north end is looking for a new room mate for January 1st! 

We have a room Large room on the second floor of our 10 bed room house opening up at the end of the month. The rent is $425 a month all included(phone and internet is about $8 a month). Three bathrooms with two showers. There is a washer and dryer in the basement. 

There will be 10 of us plus 3 and a half dogs(one dog is over for visits often but lives at our room mate’s partner’s place). We are a kink, queer, trans, friendly house. We smoke inside and sometimes through house shows as well as kink parties. There are two common spaces one on the main floor and one in the basement. We try hard to have a communal kitchen. 

If you know anyone or are interested let me know!
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