Happy holidays, and here’s hoping you all enjoyed your version of a fabulous Christmas Day. Can one still say happy holidays post-Christmas? I sort of assume that the holiday season carries us safely through the new year, so I say yes. Regardless, as you bask in the remainder of the holiday glow, I hope to entertain you with tales of what I learned in during the 2018 holiday season. Rest assured, the list is not long. My goal is to get you back to either more holiday festivities, online Boxing Day shopping, or whatever you’re doing on this fine Wednesday, as soon as possible.
My Not-so-big List of 2018 Holiday Discoveries
1. Peppermint Bark Oreos are a thing, and they are delicious: Most flavoured Oreos, to me at least, sound like both ill-conceived ideas and utterly repulsive. On a whim, we picked up some peppermint bark Oreos expecting them to have minimal peppermint flavour but figuring that, at two bucks a pack, it was worth the risk. Colour me surprised. Not only do they have more peppermint flavour than I’d imagined (not a ton mind you, but more), but they have the extra bonus of the crunchy bits characteristic of actual peppermint bark. If you’re like me, you’re probably already over holiday sweets and overindulgences, but I urge you to buy a pack of these before they’re gone for the season. Oreos freeze well. Just sayin’.
2. Christmas novels are a genre of fiction, and they are horrifyingly bad: I suppose this is a blatantly bold over-generalization given that I have bought and read precisely one Christmas novel in my entire life, but if the one book that I bought was any indication of the overall genre, I can safely say that I have no desire to read another. I naively assumed that the books had to be better than the made-for-television movies based on the books, but I am no longer convinced this is true.
3. You can watch too many made-for-television Christmas movies: We really doubled down on the holiday movies this year, filling our entire PVR with upwards of 40 holiday “gems”. At first, and even though they were awful, we powered through them like champs and I genuinely thought that there would be no stopping us. But somewhere around the third week of heavy viewing it became harder, and then by the fourth week viewing dropped substantially and by the time Christmas rolled around, well, let’s just say there are about 25 movies still left on our PVR that we will surely never watch.
4. Hanson has TWO christmas albums…and both are better than you think: Look, I spent years being too cool for Hanson, but let’s all be honest, I couldn’t have written ‘MmmBop’ as a child and you probably couldn’t have either. And now that it’s not on the radio 24/7, I can actually admit that it was pretty damn catchy. Well, somewhere along the way this holiday season I discovered not one but two Hanson holiday album and I’m here to tell you that aside from a couple dud tracks (which virtually all albums have) they are pretty freakin’ festively fun. The 1997 album is by far the better of the two, but even the one made just a couple years ago is better than most modern Christmas albums I’ve heard. Don’t let the season pass you by without streaming it.
With that, I leave you for the evening. May my discoveries spark your own, perhaps adding a little extra sparkle to what’s left of the holiday season.