I woke up in the middle of the night. I could hear some noise in the living room. Watch the following video or read the transcript to know what it was... (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t aliens.)

Well, let’s be honest, the middle of the night was probably like 10:00 PM. I was eight or nine years old back then, so for me, it was the middle of the night, because my bedtime was much earlier. So, I hear this noise, and I'm sitting in my bed completely petrified, because I'm absolutely sure that there are aliens surrounding our house, or even IN the house. I get up and I start tiptoeing towards the living room. I was scared, I was holding my breath. The one thing I actually wanted to do was run back to my bedroom, shut the door behind me and move the dresser against the door to keep the aliens from attacking me. Yes, I really thought there were aliens in the house.

A child’s imagination is amazing, isn't it? So awesome. We want to preserve that. Now, instead of turning around - and as of today, I'm not sure what brave energy pushed me to keep going - I actually continued my heroic path towards those bizarre noises that seemed to be coming from the living room. When I got there, I wasn't sure what to think.

There they were. My parents. Playing Pacman on a brand-new machine that they were planning on giving my brother and I for Christmas! They practiced at night so that they could get ahead, because they knew as soon as we would get the alien-noise-making gift, there would be no way they would be able put their hands on the joysticks.

Sometimes, our deepest fears are actually a source of joy and fun times. To this day, this is still one of the fondest memories I have of Christmas. I want to take a moment here to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy holidays. We can be happy during the holidays. 

Some of you may know that I had decided to pout Christmas this year because I don't get to go to Quebec as I was supposed to do and be with my family. I have spent the whole month of December pouting, but now, I have turned it around. I think we can always make it a happy time. We can use these fond memories that we have, and look at photo albums, for example. My husband and I will be by ourselves. We're not going to see the kids either for Christmas. That's going to be very weird, but it is what it is. We will host some zoom calls. We will try to spend more time together and do some fun things, and we will call our families and tell them that we love them. We will make the best of it!

Have a fantastic time with your loved ones, on zoom, on the phone or any way you can. Here’s to looking forward to 2021. Hopefully it will be nothing like 2020.

I will see you next week. We will be starting soon with our new year's goals and a few tips on how to embark 2021 on the right foot. I can't wait to see you there. In the meantime, happy holidays and enjoy time with your loved ones.

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