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Speaker’s Corner: Christmas Time!

December 21, 2014

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It’s almost Christmas! As some of you who are living or who have lived in Korea over the holiday season may know, this time of year can be a bit tough for us without our families nearby. For Korean people, though, Christmas is just another dating holiday, similar to Valentine’s Day, in a way. So, while some people go out, others stay in. At You Are Here Cafe, we’re celebrating it Korean style, and we’re having a zone for couples that want to date, and a NO COUPLE ZONE. Ha! I read that some restaurants in Japan are forbidding couples on Christmas because it’s too emotionally traumatic for the other patrons and also for the staff. We’re not banning them outright, but we’ll make a safe zone for non-couples, I think :D

But, if you’d rather not do a romantic date-ish thing, then I think Andrew suggested something awesome. If you’re down for it, we could set up a time and place at our cafe for a potluck. Or if you’d rather do this in someone’s home instead, that could be an option, too. We’re sharing Andrew’s idea though, and hopefully some of you who are interested could get the ball rolling on that. Feel free to discuss in the comment section here! I’m not sure if it’s enough time for everyone to plan, but hopefully a few likeminded people who are down for a good Christmas potluck can share the spirit of the season together :D

As for us, we’re getting all revved up for our annual Nasty Family tradition in our home, with Soo Zee, Leigh, an some of the newer additions to the studio, and we’re doing a potluck of our own. We don’t have a Gingerbread House this year, though, like we did last year, so we’re not going to be able to do that tradition. We do plan on getting Soo Zee more used to egg nog, though. You can’t buy it here in Korea, but Martina makes a wicked batch of it, and we’ll make sure to drink it all before Christmas Eve is done, for sure :D Maybe we should try making it at the cafe as well? Hmmm. I’m worried, because I haven’t met someone who was born and raised in Korea that’s ever really liked egg nog, and I don’t want to scare customers away. Ha! Maybe we should have it on a secret menu that only you guise know about. Whaddayathink?

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  1. This one was a lot of fun – loved the editing and commentary xD To do before I die: try salmiakki and see what all the hype is about.
    Merry xmas everyone <3

    5 years ago
  2. I love the speakers corner jut normal people being cool. ^^
    The video has a nice “atmosphere” if that makes sense lol

    5 years ago
  3. I love eggnog.

    I vote Mission Impossible: Hide Secret Eggnog from Suspicious Koreans. AKA, Project… Hsefsk? It is obviously Parseltongue for “More eggnog for us. Go away now.”

    5 years ago
  4. aaah Christmas…what to do with you? This year is my first Christmas away from home ever. Although I’ve spent everal years abroad I’ve always managed to go back home to Germany, but this time I only get one day off from work (grrr China!) and the tickets are too expensive anyway. On Christmas Eve I’m gonna have a skype chat with my family and on Christmas day I’m going out for dinner with some friends. I’ve decided not to try and recreate the German Christmas experience because it wouldn’t work anyway. I bought some fairy lights for my room though and I got some ginger bread and Stollen. Right now I’m feeling pretty okay with not having a proper Christmas, let’s hope it stays that way on Wednesday/Thursday…
    Merry Christmas everyone :D

    5 years ago
  5. What does a potluck involve? :O

    5 years ago
    • A potluck is when every guest prepares a dish to share with the other guests. So it isn’t one person providing the meal, it’s many people providing a bit of the meal. Every potluck I’ve ever been to usually organizes it by assigning people to meal categories. For instance, side dishes, entree, dessert, beverages, dish ware, etc.

      5 years ago
      • That sounds like really good fun! :) Thanks for answering my question! n3n
        Getting hungry now~

        5 years ago
  6. Oh Christmas potluck sounds awesome. Hope it works out. Here in Barbados we don’t really do eggnog but we have adopted Trinidad’s Ponche de Crème which is very similar.
    It even has it’s own song – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2BOfBCl7d9U

    5 years ago
  7. I really love these videos, they always make me smile ^^
    YAY, Norwegians in the video!! Christmas is such a huge thing here, I hope everyone in Korea isn’t lonely but happy with people and too much food in their tummies :D
    As I’m writing this it’s snowing outside and I am just about to bake ginger bread (again!)

    5 years ago
  8. I’m not a massive fan of eggnog myself & I am north American (Alabama to be exact). I’ll drink the pumpkin spice flavored stuff we get in the store sometimes though don’t get it often cause my sister is allergic to cinnamon. As far as celebrating goes, we got our Christmas tree up with presents all around it from the family tempting the kids *giggles*. We got stockings out as well but didn’t really decorate much cause 5 people in a 2-room trailer & it’s already too cramped. Specially to decorate. We have a big dinner and we’ll squeeze in my brother and his family for the day. Mostly just hanging out and watching American-style football.

    5 years ago
  9. Puerto Ricans make a holiday drink called coquito that’s a type of egg nog, but with coconut milk and rum, and NO sugar. I far prefer it to eggnog which I find too cloyingly sweet. It’s always drunk from small cups, not big mugs like people drink egg nog. When my not-Puerto Rican brother-in-law first tried it (when he was still a brother-in-law to be), he poured it into a huge glass and my sister had to take it from him telling him that if he drank that he was going to get completely wasted. And she couldn’t have her fiancee getting drunk in front of her parents, grandparents, cousins, etc.

    5 years ago
  10. Poor Soo Zee, lol I never actually liked eggnog either. Maybe thats cause I’m not north American, although most of my american friends didnt like it either when I lived there, they just kinda made it and drank it because it was tradition, but it would be cool if you giys had it as a secret menu item :D the meet up sounds cool, I hope someone really does do that. (I wont be able to go as I’m on another continent but cheers to those that will :D)

    5 years ago