I want to wish everyone a very wonderful Christmas and happy holidays!
This is a particularly uneasy year for many of us. Let's take this holiday to reflect, to thank, to show our gratitude and love.
Life is truly short; if you're still here, make the best out of it!
Obviously, many of us are not going to any big Christmas party this year, but in fact, I was never a party guy! I always love to celebrate holidays in a cozy way!
Here are my Christmas rituals:
We usually go to the Toronto Christmas Market to enjoy the Christmas spirit. Of course, it is very popular and crowded, so recently, we are more and more reluctant to go as you have lined up to get in, even on the weekday nights. However, it was still our tradition, and unfortunately, the market is closed this year due to Covid 19, the first time in more than 100 years. I think next year this will be more meaningful and special - but I also bet more crowded!
We don't have a particular set of meals to eat, but it is always festive. Sometimes it's turkey, lobsters, or we'll dine out and have a lovely celebration. This year my wife tried the traditional Chinese Stewed Pork Knuckle (ha, you thought it has to be a Western-style!)
It was DELICIOUS!!!
The only sad part is that we did not get more knuckles as we didn't know whether this will be a success or not since this is her first attempt!
The lesson is always to trust your wife when she says she's going to try something new! It must be FANTASTIC. 🙂
Usually, we have friends coming over to play board games, yes, not video games. I was never a big video game guy, and I love the feeling of board games more than the game itself. People gather around, sipping hot tea or hot Chocolate, and play fun games together.
This year, of course, there was no gathering due to Covid 19, so I mostly just played the Chess game with the computer. I actually picked up playing Chess after watching the popular Netflix show Queen's Gambit.
And also, since we're so lucky to have a White Christmas this year, I attempted to make a snowman in my backyard. Well… .it's not exactly a snowman, but it's still a snowy creature, look how special it is!
Finally, you can't have a cozy holiday without some classic Christmas films!(Music is also a big part, but nowadays, with Spotify, it is so convenient and wonderful to play many different playlists to choose from)
Here are some of our MUST WATCH for Christmas until New Year (yes, of course, we're not going to watch them all in one Christmas Day)
The Family Man
I used to be a big Nicholas Cage fan, and in fact, I still am!
Of course, his recent movies are all terrible, but that's because he needs to pay back the debt he owed to tax collections. Now the debt is paid, I'm looking forward to more good movies from him.
I truly love the message in The Family Man. Although it's cheesy, it still touches my heart every year!
Yes, the classic 1982 animation by Raymond Briggs' graphic novel.
This is truly a classic and a must-watch for everyone, literally everyone.
It was meant to be a children's book and film, but no, I found it's too realistic to even for an adult.
It's beautiful, nostalgic, and really sad. I still cried every time I watch it!
You can watch the Full Movie on youtube.
This one is my wife's favorite.
Not only she watches it every year, she still has the DVD with her. Wow, DVD, that's ancient, but it shows how much she loves this movie!
Yes, it's another romantic comedy, yes it is cliche, but come on, we'll need a little bit of miracle and love in this holiday!
Aside from the above, we sometimes watch Chocolate, Home Alone,
And this year we watched a few new ones.
Angela's Christmas & Angela's Christmas Wish
This is a hidden gem, an excellent animation from Ireland. It reminds me of our trip to Ireland a few years back because we also celebrated our Christmas there one winter.
Another great film to enjoy the love and spirit of Christmas.
Okay, that's about it!
I'm going back to enjoy my Christmas and wish you all a very wonderful holiday season!
Another Old Memory Photo