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Here at Team Ken Richter we are very dedicated to health. However, we are also firm believers that around the holidays it is okay to treat yourself. Don't let that sugar cookie taunt you - indulge without remorse. Tis the season, after all.

Looking for local YYC bakeries to get your Christmas treats from? Here are 8 worth checking out:

  1. Pie Junkie: Pies galore, need we say more?
  2. Ollia Macrons & Tea: A taste of Paris this Christmas.
  3. Crave Cupcakes: Cookies, Cupcakes, Cakes - the holy trinity.
  4. Jelly Modern Doughnuts: Not your average Timbit. 
  5. Éclair de Lune: Baked with extra love every single time. 
  6. Sidewalk Citizen: Eggnog Rum Cheesecake? Check. 
  7. Glamorgan Bakery: Balance the sweet with a savory cheese bun. 
  8. Bake My Day:
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Calgary loves to celebrate the holidays. A drive through any neighbourhood will quickly get you in the Christmas spirit. In Bowness, Christmas wreaths are lights adorn the streetlights and shops, giving the community even more of a festive, small-town feel. It is our favourite time of the year to drive through one of our favourite communities. 

Here is an inexpensive holiday activity idea: get a cup of hot chocolate from Tim Hortons and take a drive through the city. Set your radio to 95.9 CHRM for non-stop Christmas music and turn up the heat. Not sure where to start on this beautiful, Christmas adventure? Here are some places to check out:

1). Downtown Core: Many buildings in the downtown core are adorned with Christmas lights inside and out.

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Calgary has a thriving small shop sector that we always like to encourage people to check out. Is is important to support small local businesses and the Calgarian's that pour their hearts into them. Support a fellow Calgarian this Christmas by buying your holiday gifts from one of these local shops:

  • Outside The Shape: A curated shop with items from local YYC makers. You can find everything from candles to jewelry to workshops here!
  • Plant: Your succulent dreams will come true in his gorgeous shop featuring all sorts of gardening, terrarium, decor and outdoor items. 
  • Greater Goods: This artisan boutique also features local makers. It is filled with everything dainty and lovely and includes a coffee bar so you can refuel. 
  • The Livery Shop: If
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We have all seen the popular holiday movie trope of a Christmas tree disaster. 

In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation the family tree goes up in flames after an elderly woman smoking sets it on fire. In Santa Clause 3, the Christmas tree star falls and shatters. These are movie tragedies, but realities for many people. One only needs to look as far as youtube to see compilation after compilation of Christmas tree mishaps. 

If you want to avoid a Christmas tree disaster this year, follow these simple Christmas tree safety rules:

1). WATER YOUR TREE: Nothing is a worse combination than a bone-dry Christmas tree and hot Christmas lights. Make sure you are constantly monitoring the water levels in the tree base, especially if you have thirsty

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This is a property that we like to call a Handyman Special. It needs some work, but it is a great opportunity to build up sweat equity. Finish the work on this partially renovated two bedroom home and profit tomorrow. The house is being sold as is. It is in an excellent location, only one block away from the gorgeous river and fantastic bike paths. Don't worry; this property is not in the flood zone and it did not flood back in 2013. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this large 54x120 R-C1 fenced south lot home is priced to sell. Call us today at 403-630-6363 to set up your showing! 

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Ken Richter has been a trusted name in Calgary real estate for 30+ years. Ken and his Home Selling Team are friendly,

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Are you ready to own a brand new home? 

Welcome to "High on the Hill," two spectacular south walk-out lots in Montgomery! With sunny, open floor plans in these semi-detached homes, they are going to sell quickly. Act now!

These two properties are currently under construction and are anticipated to be completed by April 30th, 2018. Because they are still being built, you have a chance to choose colors, flooring, etc. Skip the messy parts about building a home! Simply have your say on finishing touches and move into a gorgeous infill in the great community of Montgomery. 

These properties are being built by a high-quality infill builder. The measurements are from floorplans supplied by the builder; RMS will be calculated once the drywall is

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Ontario and Alberta have a complicated relationship; particularly in Calgary, one of the country's main Oil and Gas hubs. Though we may have our differences, we are also similar in some ways! Our buyer's agent, Sapna Sharma, moved to Calgary from Toronto and has noted how some of our inner-city and downtown neighborhoods remind her of Toronto.

As part of our continuation of the Canada 150 blogging series, here is a brief history of Ontario:

The area of present day Ontario, Canada was originally inhabited by the Algonquian, Iroquois and Huron aboriginal tribes. Samuel de Champlain was a French explorer who reached Lake Huron in 1615 and prompted French missionaries to established ports around the Great Lakes. The Native American tribes of Ontario

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Around this time of the year people are encouraged to wish others "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas." This is not to oppress those who celebrate Christmas, but to serve as a reminder that Christmas is not the only major holiday during this time of the year. 

Here are some of the other religious holidays that take place around the month of December and the Christmas season:

  • Winter Solstice, December 20th || This pagan celebration "marks the shortest day of the year and the official beginning of winter. The solstice itself is the moment the sun is shining farthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn" (The Mirror). Also celebrated on the Winter Solstice is The Day of The Return Of The Wandering Goddess (an ancient
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Newfoundland & Labrador is Canada's most eastern province, with Labrador attached to the northwest corner of Quebec and Newfoundland hanging off into the Atlantic ocean as an island. The name for this province is Portuguese, but also has significance in the native language of Inuttitut. Newfoundland means "terra nova" in Portuguese, which translates to "new land." The name Labrador is derived from the surname of Fernandes Lavrador, a Portuguese explorer. It also translates to "the big land" in Inuttitut.

Newfoundland & Labrador has a long history of habitation, dating back 9,000 years. While many different indigenous groups occupied the land in relative harmony, by the time of European contact only the Beothuk remained. The Beothuk passionately

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There is nothing better than getting cozy on the couch with a hot drink and watching a classic holiday movie. Not sure where to start? Use this handy list. 


  1. The Santa Clause (1, 2 and 3)
  2. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  3. Elf
  4. It's A Wonderful Life
  5. Home Alone (1 and 2)
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  8. Miracle On 34th Street
  9. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  10. Love Actually
  11. The Polar Express
  12. The Holiday
  13. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  14. Scrooged
  15. Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer
  16. A Christmas Carol
  17. Arthur Christmas
  18. Four Christmases
  19. The Nutcracker
  20. Office Christmas Party
  21. Christmas With The Kranks
  22. Beauty and The Beast
  23. Frozen
  24. Earnest Saves
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