The Holidays

For many Canadians, celebrating the holidays at Christmas has been a family tradition for multiple generations. Families come together to reconnect and catch up, share great food and hopefully make some more great memories. Sometimes, though, this can also be a time when stress levels get elevated. Here are some tips to help you during the holidays.

  1. Keep (or start) eating healthy and keep up your exercise routine. This is a busy time of year, and activities such as eating well and exercising can too easily be forgotten or dropped from your day-to-day routine, even though you need them the most. Studies show that when your immune system is compromised, you are weaker and even more susceptible to stress.
  2. Be aware of the situations or people that can cause stress, such as an unhealthy relationship that brings contention and discord to family events. The more situations you recognize as a source of stress, the more you can overcome, or simply avoid.
  3. It might sound silly to make a plan for surviving holidays, but make a plan. Keep it simple if you like. Even if your style of planning is to keep track of

From all of us at the Capital Direct family, we wish you health, happiness and joy this holiday, and in 2017!

Simple and Full of Flavour

Families love to spend time together in the kitchen, and especially during the holidays. Here's a simple cookie recipe perfect for Christmas. Not only will you have a tasty treat when company comes calling, but they make a wonderful gift to share at work or with your neighbours.


  • 1 pkg. (250 g) Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup coloured sprinkles
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 1 hr 20 min
Makes 42 cookies

Combine sugar, vanilla, butter and cream cheese with electric mixer until blended. Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Refrigerate 30 min.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with 3-inch cookie cutters (use any kind of a festive cookie cutter like a star or Christmas tree). Place, 2 inches apart, on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with coloured sugar.

Bake 10 to 12 min. or until edges begin to brown. Let stand on baking sheets 2 min.; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely and then enjoy

Ease & Simplicity

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