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Vancouver storytellers share memories of Christmas

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Cozy up around The Flame, as local performers share their personal Christmas anecdotes during a one-hour television show. Metro Vancouver promises "heart-wrenching memories" to "funny, knee-slapping yarns."

The Flame, Christmas Edition: Create Memories, Not Garbage," campaign is based on a live storytelling series titled "The Flame."

The 2011 Christmas edition is produced by actor and media personality Deb Williams, creator of Mom's The Word, and actor Joel Wirkkunen, Bard on the Beach.

The stories vary in content, style and tone. "They are true stories told by local performers such as Shawn Macdonald, Beverley Elliott and Allan Morgan," Metro's news release read. The performers recently told stories in front of a live audience at the Montmarte Café on Main Street in Vancouver.

This year’s Christmas Show, a collaborative effort between Metro Vancouver and The Flame, will remind people that "memories of Christmas past are the things that last."

It is scheduled to run on Shaw TV on Dec. 3, 1p.m; Dec. 11, 2 p.m.; Dec. 17, 4 p.m.; Dec. 18, 11p.m.; Dec. 21, 9 p.m.; Dec. 23, 9 p.m.

Metro Vancouver and its member municipalities are encouraging people to “Create Memories, Not Garbage” by making gift choices that reduce garbage and help protect the environment. Consider that what you purchase will eventually need to be disposed. So, think about buying higher-quality, more durable gifts. Or, give experiences rather than things.

Check out regional district’s website for green gift ideas. For a direct link, go here.