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Christmas in Korea with the Eatyourkimchi Crew!

December 20, 2013

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It’s Christmas it’s Christmas it’s Christmas!

Guise, we’re just about exploding with Christmas cheer here now. It’s 12:33PM now in Toronto, and we flew in from Korea last night. We arrived at 10PM isn, and then fell into a deep sleep coma. We woke up at 7AM, danced around in the morning, sang Christmas songs, went outside and saw lots of snow, drove to Tim Hortons and had Christmas food, drove past houses with Christmas light and Christmas floats. Floaties? What are they called? Big inflatable thingies. Houses with big inflatable Christmas thingies. And the radio is playing lots of Christmas songs. And we just saw Martina’s niece who is roughly a year and half and she’s learning to talk and she knows us my name (“Imo” and “Imobu” she calls us), and now we’re at a Starbucks writing this blogpost and drinking Christmas freaking drinks. CHRISTMASSSSSS!!!

It’s so easy to get into Christmas spirit here in Toronto. We don’t even have to try. It’s everywhere. We didn’t really feel that in Korea, so we did our best to try to make the Eatyourkimchi Studio as Christmas-y as possible. It was really interesting doing this all with Soo Zee, because she doesn’t experience Christmas the same way we do. Christmas in Korea is more of a dating holiday. It’s like Valentine’s Day, really. There’s even a joke in which people who don’t have dates for Christmas say they’re going on a date with Kevin, which is really just Macaulay Culkin from Home Alone, meaning, they’re just gonna watch Home Alone at home…alone. Ha! Well, not really that funny. It’s sad a bit, but it’s clever.

So we got Soo Zee in the Christmas cheer as best we could. We decorated a tree. Made snowflakes out of paper. Put up our “Merry Christmas Bitches” sign on our window. I wonder if it was confusing to see from outside of our studio? I don’t know. And then we went back to our apartment with a roast chicken from Costco, and then made some bacon cheddar mashed potatoes, stuffing from a box, gravy from a box, and some green beans and asparagus. Sure, it wasn’t a turkey, but we didn’t need that much food. We still had plenty of chicken left over the next day for leftover chicken-stuffing sandwiches. Just no cranberry sauce. We thought about taking some cruising and trying to rehydrade those and then making a jam out of that, but we just didn’t have enough time to do that all. Maybe next year? No: we’ll just buy canned cranberry sauce when we’re here in Canada and bring it back with us. Seriously: who makes cranberry sauce anymore? I’ve never had cranberry sauce just…made. It’s always been out of a can.

And then we made Gingerbread Houses! Martina never made one before! HOLY SMOKES! I couldn’t believe it. This girl is the craftiest girl I’ve ever met, crafty not meaning “sneaky and conniving,” but arts-and-crafts-y. And she never made one of these as a kid! Soo Zee never made one either, so it was really Martina and Soo Zee that were having the most fun with it. Soo Zee is a design major, so she got to put her skills to good use. HA! I think we know our audience a bit better than Soo Zee and Leigh do, so we made a Gingerbread House that I think you guise will like more. Which one was your favourite? Losers will suffer the consequences! Though, I’m not sure what the consequences are.

Another thing we did for Christmas was get Leigh and Soo Zee Christmas presents. Both were happy with them (we’re good at getting presents) but Soo Zee was pretty surprised, because she didn’t get Christmas presents before. She said her parents don’t get her Christmas presents. So she was pretty touched. I’m not saying this to brag or anything. I’m just trying to show the differences between Christmas culture in Korea and Canada. Everyone has their own Christmas culture. I learned some things about Christmas in the Netherlands, and some things about Santa and his elves, which we don’t fully understand so we don’t want to write them here in case we get the details wrong and get people upset. Everyone celebrates Christmas in their own way. This is how the Eatyourkimchi Crew celebrated ours. We just hope you had as fun a time watching this video as we had in making it.

Speaking of which, we also made a Christmas TL;DR last year in which we talk about more Christmas related stuff in Korea. Check it out!

And, on that note, Merry Christmas, everyone! We’ve got the EYKAs coming up on the 23rd, and we’re editing those now, but our schedule is going to be lax from there on out, since we’re not in Korea and filming Korean movies. We might have a random Canadian adventure video from time to time, but nothing’s set in stone. We’re just really happy to be back here with our families in Canada for Christmas for the first time in five years. We’re totally in festive spirits now, and I think it’s rubbing off on our families. YAY!

Now…we need to get Christmas presents for each other. Haven’t really planned that out yet. Maybe some Torontonians might see us around shopping? Hmmm.

OH! And I forgot: BLOOPERS!

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  1. I liked S&M’s gingerbread house until I read the blog post… LACK OF SINCERITY!! lol jks, I still like it bc it’s cute and fluffy ^^
    But I enjoyed Soozee’s monopolizing of resources the most haha Leight scouting for resources and Soozee hoarding them all xD
    Hope to see you around Toronto!

    3 years ago
  2. So I guess Simon wasn’t kidding last year when he said that he watches Diehard for Christmas. XD

    3 years ago
  3. Simon and Martina’s house! It has the best colours and Christmas themes.

    3 years ago
  4. Soo zee and Leigh’s house! Hope this helps Soo zee continue the Christmas spirit for years to come!!!

    3 years ago
  5. Sorry Leigh and Soozee but Simon and Martina’s house looks totally awesome, Merry Christmas to EYKcrew and all Nasties around the world!!! PS: Woow you guys have a GINORMOUS tv jealous!!:)

    3 years ago
  6. Christmas where I live is mainly about the commercialism… which is probably a positive thing given the economy

    3 years ago
  7. Simon and Martina’s house! sorry leigh and soozee :D and merry christmas to all of you!

    3 years ago
  8. MmM

    SO MUCH CHRISTMAS. Seriously. At this point, this is what I think the Nasty Studio must have looked like for the past month: http://host-d.oddcast.com/php/application_UI/doorId=1177/clientId=299/?mId=54528361.3

    (I know it’s lame. I still found it hilarious though. :P)

    3 years ago
  9. Rogers Internet..it has it’s ups and downs…mostly downs even on “extreme speed” XP Oh Canada~ hah
    I really hope you guys end up doing the Toronto meet up! It’s perfect since I’m local for school now :D
    Merry Christmas and enjoy your holiday you guys!

    3 years ago
  10. Leigh, I LOOOOOVEEEE YOUR HAIR !!!!! *O*

    3 years ago
  11. Merry Xmas Bitches!!! Hope you have a wonderful time with your families! My vote for Martina’s house, it sure explodes Christmas cheer!

    3 years ago
  12. You gotta watch the movie ELF!! It’s a must-see christmas movie!

    3 years ago
    • Yes!, Also National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation and the Santa Clause. My family watches those on Thanksgiving to celebrate the start of the Christmas Season.

      3 years ago
  13. Merry Christmas, EYK Family!! Glad to see you made it back to Canada safely. Merry Christmas and New Year :D Hmmm I vote for SooZee & Leigh’s Gingerbread House (SooZee, I call BS on “I went to Art School, but I don’t have any talent.”)

    3 years ago
  14. Merry Christmas! Loved your Merry Christmas Bitches! lol

    3 years ago
  15. Before I watched the video I was actually prepared to vote for Soozee and Leigh’s gingerbread house, but I have to say that Simon and Martina’s gingerbread house wins HANDS DOWN. It’s intricate, and cutesy, and PINK! Oh, and of course it’s k-pop too, haha. :)

    3 years ago
  16. Haha what’s up with pepparkaka hus, It’s called pepparkakshus in swedish! But the houses looked really nice ;) I vote for Simon and Martina ;D

    3 years ago
  17. i really wanna see martina’s tattooo!!!!! please show the complete thing already! ;_;

    3 years ago
  18. Welcome back to Toronto… allthough I am not Canadian, so I sadly cannot say welcome home…

    *le sigh* I do start to understand what you guys feel every year for Christmas… next year I will (hopefully) be in Shanghai, and that will mean Christmas in a lonely dorm, with lessons most likely… *another sigh*

    So this year, I am going all out, emptying my wallet to the mere dust for my family… Last shopping day tomorrow as well… which is going to be expensive… but who cares! Christmas is once a year, and I know I will miss them all… *yet another sigh*

    Oh for bloody sake… Christmas is soon, I’m gonna cheer up. Thanks for this awesome video… I know I will more then likely be just as crazy when I get to study in China… I seriously was for midsummer running around campus in a flower wreath and long skirt (had no dress, bummer). Next time I will update that as well, booya!

    3 years ago
  19. yea S&M rocked the premade gingerbread hus, sorry team leizee!

    3 years ago
  20. Merry Christmas to you guys (and Happy Holidays to everyone else that doesn’t celebrate Christmas).

    I just learned about Krampus which I think is awesome!!! (Well awesome in that ‘super interesting but would probably have scared the shit out of me as a child which only kind of serves to make it awesome because I like scary stuff’ way). http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/12/krampus-saint-nicholas-dark-companion/100639/

    3 years ago
  21. Leigh, it’s so nice to have you back! We missed you! And you look absolutely adorable in that haircut!!!

    3 years ago
  22. You guys gotta try making cranberry sauce from scratch! It’s really easy to make and delicious and not like the jelly ones from the can.

    3 years ago
    • I had not known what cranberry sauce was for a long time. So when I finally saw what came out of the can I was dismayed and couldn’t understand why that was such a big deal. I’d be much more interested in trying a version of the sauce made from scratch.

      3 years ago
      • Some canned cranberry sauce is better than others. There are many cartoons that mock cranberry sauce with a red can-shaped jelly on a plate. The OceanSpray “whole berry” version is quite good, if not as good as home made. Turkey with gravy AND cranberry sauce together – mmmmmmmmm……..

        3 years ago
  23. Everything was so festive and I felt like tearing up because Eat Your Kimchi Family and then you mentioned Die Hard and I was like YOOOOOOOOOO BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE EVER HIGH FIVE. Finally someone that can understand, nothing says Christmas like Bruce Willis and explosions. Damn straight.

    3 years ago
  24. I’m also surprised whenever I receive gifts. Its a rare treat for me most of the time (>.<) Earlier today, a guy I'm friends with (we're not close btw) gave me Ferrero Rocher and a Parker Pen with my name engraved on it. I don't even know what to feel Hahaha Just wanted to share that!

    Oh. And merry Christmas to you all!! I love you guise to death. Hahaha

    3 years ago
  25. Since Die Hard is a Christmas
    movie that means “Yippee kai yea m… ” should also be a
    Christmas greeting, right? It would definitely add even more colorfulness to the season if everyone went around greeting each other that way. ^^

    Guys, thanks for all the Christmas spirit you are sharing with us. I’m feel less and less bah humbug with each of your Christmasy posts. I’ve never made a ginger bread house either, may be it’s time I tried. See if my 2D design skills translate into 3D. Oh an box stuffing in my opinion is always better than homemade stuffing. I’ve had so horrifying homemade stuffing and I may be traumatized from it.

    3 years ago
  26. 1. I loved Simon and Martina’s pepparkaka hus…too cute for mere words!!
    2. Boxed stuffing, real stuffing…who cares!! It’s stuffing, son!!! It’s good!
    3. You forgo the best part of Christmas that we have here in North America= EGGNOG! and lots of it!

    Merry Christmas, EYK!! Hope it’s a great time for you as it ushers in lots of amazingness in 2014!

    3 years ago
  27. I haven’t really been feeling Christmas this year, because of things, but it’s nice to see you guys all happy and festive for my fav holiday. Have a good Christmas in Toronto!! I’ll be spending mine in my bedroom, alone, with my mini fridge and Netflix. *plays small violin*

    3 years ago
    • Awww, Sonia! I hope that some holiday cheer and goodness makes it way to you. No one should spend the holidays alone. Merry Christmas from someone who wishes you well!

      3 years ago
      • That’s really nice of you, thanks. I can’t see much changing anytime soon, but I can always hope. You have a happy holiday season too!

        3 years ago
  28. Does the sign in the studio say ‘Marry Christmas Bitches’? oO
    I vote for Soozee/Leigh house, looks less girly :D
    Merry Christmas guys :) Wesołych Świąt!

    3 years ago
  29. We had NO time there. Our plane came in late, and we ran from one gate to the next and almost missed our flight!

    3 years ago
    • I know that feelz, it seems like every time I’m in YVR I’m running like mad, it’s got a crazy layout and everywhere seems to be really far from everywhere else….or something. Glad you made your connection, at least they have that nice waterfall between the escalators while you wait for customs…..

      3 years ago
    • Then maybe you guys should come and do a meet-and-greet sometime? :) *hopeful*

      3 years ago
  30. Leigh, your rocking that hair, it looks really awesome on you!! 5 stars *****
    Merry Christmas guys!

    3 years ago
  31. Whoa, I’m having so many difficulties here commenting. How do you guise watch our videos on non-Korean internet? Thank you all for being so patient! New found respect for you all!

    3 years ago
    • I am from India, southern part of it, and internet here is always pretty much fastt! like, you never hav to wait for more than 10 seconds (max) and your page/video is loaded! But then there are like a million service providers , each one of it giving u different service: like, one giving u high speed internet but at a high monthly charge, another one, moderate service and affordable charge..bla bla! in short : India has good internet services, but you can hardly find it for free anywhere (like the coffee shops or hotels!!) lol!!

      2 years ago
    • Maybe it’s just me, but I’m in Korea, and my internet is still slow. Well, it takes time to load some photos and videos, anyways. Same speed as back in Cali, in fact. =/

      3 years ago
    • Lol, first world problems! I’m from the third world (South Africa) and for me super-fast internet is when a video only takes a few minutes to load at 360p. Sometimes the internet is so slow at 144p that it’s not worth the bother. It is possible to get faster internet in SA, but it’s expensive. Based on what I’ve heard about Korean internet prices, even the slow internet my family uses costs more. Yes, slow, expensive internet still exists! I love South Africa, but fast internet is one of the (many) things I’m looking forward to for when I live in Korea someday.

      3 years ago
    • Korean internet is pretty amazing.

      3 years ago
    • Maybe it’s your operating system having too much data overhead on the wifi when you try to load. Maybe some configuration would help, I know that my phone can seem to take forever for some things because it has too much going on in the background. I’m on freaking DSL in BFN Southern Ontario and your page with all videos, etc. etc. is open and loaded INSTANTLY.

      3 years ago
    • I guess it depends on what internet service you have. Mine’s fairly fast (never takes 30 seconds O_O that’s too much. But of course it’s not Korea fast). I know in public places it’s pretty slow :D

      But I loved your EYK Christmas :D You guys are so great at decorating! I’ve only done a gingerbread house once as part as Girl Guides (but my two sisters did it too and the house were HUGE so we had three giant gingerbread houses) :P I hope you guys go ahead with the possible fanmeet in Toronto! I really want to meet you guys!

      3 years ago
    • we pause it and read the blog post.

      ;P

      3 years ago
  32. Ahhhh!!! This makes me so HAPPY! :D of course I’m voting for Leigh and Soo Zee!!! <3 Happy holidays to everyone!!

    3 years ago
  33. I love the fact that you guys are actually close, it’s a nasty family. Leigh comes over and stays with you guys when she’s visiting. And you all do things together and you got presents, aww~ Also I would like that Merry Christmas Bitches banner
    And what happens when someone dates a guy named Kevin in Korea? Do people just assume that they’re lonely? Will this happen to Kevin from U Kiss?
    I’m kinda over the whole Christmas thing mainly because my family never does anything and I don’t like how it encompasses the other months. I am one for the claymation specials and anything with the Grinch though. And don’t worry Soo Zee and Martina, I just made my first gingerbread house this year. But how sad is that it’s just for couples, screw that! Screw Korea, I just wanna be a happy single lady who needs no man!
    And have a good time in Canada with your families guys! And happy Christmas to Leigh and Soo Zee too!!!

    3 years ago
  34. merry xmas u guys 8D have a safe trip and stuff >u< <3
    also…
    Leigh.
    Omg.
    LEIGH LEIGH LEIGH OMG LEIGH LEIGH OMG U LOOK SO MUDAFUKIN CUTE IN DAT NEW HAIRSTYLE OF YOURS OMG LEIGH LEEEEEEEIGHHHHHH

    3 years ago
  35. Russia doesn’t have Christmas, and of course Israel doesn’t, so that’s my first time seeing someone celebrate Christmas. I only ever celebrated Hanukkah and New Years… XD

    3 years ago
  36. I agree with you guys! The box stuffing is amazing!!! Don’t judge it!

    3 years ago
  37. I have to vote for Simon and Martina’s Beautiful Marshmallow Snowmen!! haha
    P.S. I love your hair Leigh! It’s so cute!! ^.^

    3 years ago
  38. Wow, your Christmas spirit is totally rubbing off on me! I hope you guys have an awesome Christmas with cranberry sauce and eggnog this year, it’s so sad that they don’t have those in Korea! In my family, the homemade gravy is what makes the holidays :)

    3 years ago
  39. Wait, so single people get to spend time with Kevin? Kevin Woo from U-KISS? :D Yeah, I haven’t watched Home Alone before so that’s the Kevin that comes to mind XD Christmas doesn’t sound so bad in Korea then~ haha

    3 years ago
  40. First! Hahaha Have a wonderful vacation guys!

    3 years ago