Merry Christmas everyone! Last year we presented to you another Christmas in Korea video, in which you saw Simon going from class to class dressed up as Santa Clause, kicking in the door and yelling hohoho. This year, we want to show you a bit more about what Christmas in Korea is like.

There are a few things that are different here that you should be aware of if you plan on celebrating Christmas in Korea:

1) Family Night/Date Night: First thing’s first, Christmas is not that big of a deal here in Korea. It’s celebrated, sure, but not to the extent that we’re used to celebrating it in Canada. It’s not really a big family get together, with lots of presents and a dinner and Christmas carols and all that. It’s more of a romantic kind of holiday, like Valentine’s Day, almost. Or it’s celebrated as a party night instead. Supposedly GD&TOP are going out to different clubs in Hongdae to party on Christmas Eve instead of celebrating Christmas with their families. So yeah, the vibe’s a bit different.

2) Christmas Decorations in Korea: You’ll find them in some places, but not everywhere. Café Lua, for example, has some right by their front door. The vacuum shop next to it, though, doesn’t have any Christmas feel to it. In some parts of Seoul you’ll see big Christmas trees with loads of lights. In others, it’ll feel more like the end of January rather than Christmas time. It’s not easy finding decorations, either. Emart has one small section with a few Christmas lights and tiny fake trees. We don’t know where you can get a real tree, or if anyone actually has one. The HomePlus close to us doesn’t actually have a Christmas section at all.

3) Christmas Food in Korea: Good luck! Turkeys are available but you can pay through the nose to get one. Cranberry sauce isn’t easy to find either. You can make your own mashed potatoes, sure, but you’ll be hard pressed to find gravy as well. And Egg Nog? Forget about it! We make our own egg nog from scratch every Christmas, and none of our Korean friends seem to like it, unfortunately. Well, not unfortunately, because then that means that we can drink more of it ourselves. Great success!

On a bit more of a serious note, Christmas can be a little difficult for foreigners. We’re away from our families during one of the most family-oriented times of the year and don’t have the same comforts we’re used to. Ah! So we’re spending our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here trying to do as much home cooking as possible, and thanks to Skype we can call our families and open presents together. Huzzah! Anyhow, to all of you, hope you have a Merry Christmas in Korea (or outside of Korea), from Simon, Martina, and Spudgy!

A big Merry Christmas goes out to, JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~*. They always translate our captions. Huzzah!

  1. Happy Birthday Jesus! <3 I love you guys. lol
    Is it ever lonely? Without your famjam?

  2. Ooooooow ! Spudgy is so cute ! >.<

    I'm a huge Spudgy fan ! *o*

  3. Wow. You know how to make egg nogs?!!! Ca you tell me how to make them?

  4. omg who’s the other dog in the backrground? 

  5. I saw eggnog for the first time in my life in US about 7 years ago, and I still don't know what to do with it or what it's for because I didn't grow up having it. :(

  6. What about the jews? Channukah or any temples/organizations you know of?

  7. Awesome nails!!! they totaly match ur bow!!!!
    so cute :)

  8. OMG you guys are seriously MY IDOLS. Thank you guys for being so awesome, making these videos. This Christmas video had more Christmas spirit than my entire holiday ;_; btw, The shots at MyeongDong were gorgeous. <3 Can't wait to visit Korea one day. Until then, I'll be relying on the awesome videos you guys provide for us T_T

  9. But since Christmas not the same as here in the West, how is the holiday then? (the most important event of the Christmas time:D) (I mean, in Norway we have 2 weeks off)

  10. you two are too cute! Merry Christmas!

  11. Merry Christmas to Simon, Martina, Spudgy and the other little dog hiding in the background <3

  12. Hope you guys have/had a great Christmas!! Enjoy the egg nog. Sorry Martina couldn't go see Tabi. ;( Maybe next time. :-p Is your other video from before up? I'd love to see it since I'm interested in Christmas in Korea.

  13. Spanish! Awesome! At least, I think it's Spanish. You know, Simon took an intro to Spanish course long time ago. Can't remember anything from it, though. Ahh!

    Merry Christmas!

  14. Well, Martina had to be in school for the 24th, and then Winter Camp starts on Monday. Boo-urns!

  15. Thanks! We love making movies. Don't like editing them much, though (takes FOREVER!). Anyhow, we have a small toaster oven: nothing big enough for a turkey. In fact, it's about the size of a turkey.

  16. Ah! I miss celebrating Christmas Eve with my family :( Good thing is that we open our presents on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. Sweet!

  17. WHHHOOA That's steep. But, hell, considering how much work goes into making it from scratch (like, two hours of work) I'd charge 10k for it as well. Ha!

  18. ^^ Merry Christmas you guys!! I've never had eggnog, is it sweet? It'd be cool if your fans could send you house warming gifts so you could feel a little bit more at home but personally I'd be afraid someone would send me something poisonous, haha!

    <3 Stay well!

  19. oh my gosh the puppy in the blue blanket!! SHOW US!! Is it your new puppy or just babysitting? :D Happy christmas!! We're celebrating christmas Japanese style, so we had KFC for christmas eve dinner! (It's really popular to do so in Japan) hehe

    • We're just babysitting our friend's dog while he's in England. In fact, it's our friend English Steve (if you remember our What the Book video).

      And, yeah, I heard that KFC is huge in Japan for Christmas. I'm not sure how they managed to market that, but – wow – kudos to KFC for pulling it off!

  20. Did you get another dog for christmas???? O.o

  21. Yup, we eat turkey on Christmas in Canada ;)

    Merry Christmas from Montreal, Quebec to you guys ^^ I wish you all happiness, fun and good health for 2011 ! Hope we can see more videos from Korea X3~

  22. Thanks for another video. My friend and I, who both married Korean women who grew up in Korea, had to learn the hard way that Christmas means couples for Koreans. We are both Korean but we were raised here so it always meant family to us.

    One question though: Canadians eat turkey on Christmas?

  23. Merry Christmas guys! I love how Korea is getting into the spirit, it wasn't as crazy when I was there so seeing the pictures you guys had shows how awesome it is getting. Hope the Eggnogg was great!

  24. Merry Christmas to the best bloggers ever! Thank you guys so much for your entertaining yet informative videos. I feel so much more prepared for living/teaching in Korea after watching them. Best wishes in the New Year!

  25. Nice video!! i got hungry so quickly xD!! i don't celebrate christmas with presents but i definitely enjoy the food & christmas cookies!!!
    I can imagine the Turkimchi (turkey + kimchi) being sold in supermarkets one day XD

    PS: You have a new puppy daughter/son? who's that cutepie in the light blue towel?

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