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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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