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Cheers for the holidays!

The WCEA partners know how to have fun, but navigating deadlines through the holiday season can be a challenge. Here are some suggestions to help you gain some semblance of work-life balance during the dark days of December.

Books and baking are the ultimate holiday combo for Frances, who suggests you check out these 11 literary-inspired Christmas cookies and desserts.

Audrey came across this Christmas card of “crackers” from copy editors at The Times of London. The card provides a hearty holiday laugh, and the accompanying discussion some sober second thought. It’s a good list to keep close by as a reminder about unnecessary words and phrases.

Louise wonders what could be more seasonal than Nobel laureate Bob Dylan reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Lana suggests a nostalgic wintery flight with The Snowman. It’s screened annually with live musical accompaniment at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music winter concert and is available all year online.

Need a break from eggnog? Merrie-Ellen recommends wassail, a spiced hot cider traditionally shared by neighbours visiting and singing carols together. The Canadian Brass will help you get in the mood with “Here We Come A-Wassailing.”

Georgina says: whatever your traditions at this time of year, consider challenging your imaginative self to out-create the makers of these clever Christmas tree substitutes. Then, on the 24th, sit by your festive tree with a warm something to sip.

Yvonne suggests giving yourself the gift of time to listen to Dylan Thomas himself reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales. With a glass of eggnog, mulled wine, or wassail in hand, revel in the rhythm and beauty of the words: “All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street…”

Finally, along with family-favourite movies and indulgences in food and drink, Ruth recommends a Christmas Movie Workout to fend off the extra pounds when the weather is nasty and the local gym is closed. During your movie binge-watching, every time you hear the word on the left, do the exercise beside it:

  • Christmas – 1 minute of running on the spot
  • Present – 20 squats
  • Santa – 1 minute of plank
  • Turkey – 20 sit-ups (ab crunches)
  • Eggnog – 20 push-ups
  • Chocolate – 20 jumping jacks
  • Candle – 10 lunges (each leg)
  • Humbug – 10 side leg raises (each leg)
  • Angel – 10 triceps dips (using a chair)
  • Star – 10 burpees

Ruth took her inspiration from Heather Neal’s The Top 10 Christmas Workouts, where you can find other options to help you recover from all those holiday indulgences.

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