“And for all sixty years of their lives together every Christmas was more than Christmas because each one was imbued with the joy they’d felt that first Christmas Eve as they walked down that rural road, the snow, like grace, floating down around them.” Another lovely story by Catherine Banks, about poverty, love, and yes, Christmas.

Kendall with some thoughts on Christmas, including a handy list of all the soup kitchens serving Christmas dinners. Also some thoughts on a social inclusion tax credit for people on income assistance, much needed help for things like passes for fitness centres.

Judy Haiven takes a Lawtons district manager to task for making stores play Christmas music for six full weeks.

This is the most puzzling time of the year – to figure out which days are paid holidays and which are not.  Judy Haiven helps you understand your rights, so you can help your boss understand.

Kendall meets up with a young woman, at one time on income assistance, who continues to turn her life around. A touching story with a definite Christmas flavour.

This wonderful story by Catherine Banks (and equally wonderful illustration by Kate Phillips) is our thank you to all our readers and friends who struggle to make ends meet but refuse to let poverty define them. Next year we’ll fight for a living wage and decent income assistance benefits even harder, but for now, have a great holidays!