Motivation Monday Links: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Dreaming of a White (House) Christmas… Hillary Clinton White House that is!

Happy Monday! Christmas is just a few days away! Here are some interesting tidbits about Christmas in America from the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, Hanukkah is almost over. I celebrated with some friends over the weekend and fell in love with this amazing pop-rock chocolate from Israel.

Meanwhile, around the world, Holocaust survivors got together to celebrate the holiday in an inaugural global celebration. And still on the topic of Hannukah, check out these amazing (and healthy!) spaghetti squash and quinoa latkes from my friend Deborah. She’s one of my fellow cherry blossom 10 mile run ambassador and I’m already hooked on her blog Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Over the weekend, I crossed off a few additional items from Tammy’s Definitive #DCChristmasChallenge to-do-list, including touring the White House Christmas Decorations,  going to Zoolights and grabbing a bite at Duke’s counter across the street.

I loved this green spined books Christmas tree in the White House east Wing Library

I think unfortunately, that’s as far as I’m going to make it down the list as I head out to Colombia on Thursday. What are some of your favourite holiday-traditions and events in the city?

In non-holidays related news, back in April, women were allowed to participate in Iran’s TehRUN event, the country’s first international marathon. Except they were forced to run in an indoor track. Not cool. Mahsa Torabi just became the first woman to publicly complete a marathon in Iran. To evade possible police intervention, she arrived at the starting point for the marathon at 6 a.m., two hours ahead of the official start time, and ran the 42 kilometer course in just over five hours stating “I showed women can run in marathons and I showed women have strength. I really believe that nothing is impossible.

These foods get healthier when you pair them with booze.  YES!

This was one of my favourite piece of food-related writing this year: Tom Sietsema, food critic at the Washington Post, spent some time in the kitchen working as a dishwater. Along the way, he learned that you can tell a lot about a chef by the way he treats those doing a restaurant’s dirtiest, yet most crucial, job. Worth a read!

And lastly, congratulations to this team of kick-ass French ladies who defeated Norway last night to win the handball world title. Cocorico!


4 thoughts on “Motivation Monday Links: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

  1. I have not seen those zoo lights in years since my kids were little! I may need to change that asap. Thanks so much for checking out my Spaghetti Squash Latkes really hope you enjoyed them. Happy Happy holidays and hope to see you soon


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