It’s hard to believe but the Santa Claus Parade is happening in Toronto today. It’s such a part of our local culture that people were setting up chairs along the parade route three hours before the 11 a.m. start. And if you weren’t already aware the holidays are upon us, the first eight pages of Canadian Tire’s weekly flyer are devoted to outdoor and indoor decorations.

And pretty soon, we’ll start to feel the pressure to start shopping because that’s what the holidays are all about, right?

Maybe this year, it’s time to do something different, something positive, some good. What about spending $399 on the One Laptop Per Child Program? One laptop gets sent to a child in a developing country, while the other one is sent to you. And you get a $200 tax receipt. How cool is that? The give one, get one free offer ends Nov. 26. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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