This December, many are choosing to deck the halls with secularism, satire and just a sprinkling of spirituality – The Globe and Mail


The most ubiquitous online meme of 2016 – with the potential exceptions of Harambe, the Cincinnati Zoo’s martyred gorilla, or Pepe, the cartoon frog who became an unlikely icon of white nationalist hate groups – was Toronto’s very own Drake. The image of Drake perched all casual-like with his legs dangling off the edge of the CN Tower on the cover of his new album Views was endlessly recycled. Soon Drake was sitting everywhere: on top of the Death Star, on the iconic neon sign from the Seinfeld diner, even on the crown of Beyonce’s head. So, capping off 2016 by dangling a miniaturized Drizzy from your Christmas tree feels, somehow, appropriate.

At Toronto’s Drake General Store (no relation), a Christmas ornament resembling the city’s favourite big-name rapper has proven to be a hot holiday item. A simple, almost minimalist, wooden peg painted to look like Drake,…



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