Thank you, one and all, for the intelligent comments I read here. Nowhere do I see anything denigrating anyone else's point of view! It makes me proud to be included in this group.
Todash, a personal thank you for the lovely and generous comments about our great country. The only thing I have to say to you, my friend, is that you've only experienced one great coast. We've still got the east coast you have to explore some day. Then, by God, you will have the entire Canadian experience.
One more thing, I generally try to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all and sundry. I know not everyone believes in the religious aspect of the Christmas season, but a lot do celebrate Christmas as a family holiday and a time of good will and peace, no matter what faith or lack thereof, they may be. And kids, anywhere just love presents! Even this big one.
So whatever you personally feel, Merry Christmas and a joyous and Happy Holiday season to you all, my SK family. May 2013 bring you nothing but good things!