As the title of this entry suggests, our hostel guests are spending Christmas far from home; often for the first time in their lives. Shops, restaurants, clubs and pubs all close while the city shuts down and goes home.
It seems to be a recipie for a rather depressing time for those who are travelling alone; however, we at the Canadiana do our very best to make the day quite festive.
It really begins at midnight Christmas Day when Teresa (our head of housekeeping and resident superwoman) arrives to begin cooking for a Christmas Day meal. It begins with half a dozen very large turkeys, roasted to a golden brown perfection.
Add a delicious stuffing, veggies, mashed potatoes and an assortment of desserts, it all combines to make a pretty fine Chrismas Brunch/Dinner. It begins at 2 PM sharp!
We cook a lot of turkey. Nothing would be worse than running short of food at a Christmas meal. We set up a buffet styled self serve table – an eat-whatever-you-like affair – and we planned it just about right! (We’ve done this before!)
When all was said and done, our more than eighty dinner guests were well sated while leaving food still on the buffet table; just the way it should be.
A special time was created by quite a number of “non hostel guests” in attendance. These are foreign travellers who temporarily reside in Toronto on “work/travel visas” – usually for a period of up to one-year.
Their first stop upon arrival in Toronto had been Canadiana Backpackers and many were guests of ours for weeks or months before finding accommodation closer to their workplaces in apartments and flats. But in the time they spent with us, they became more than just “guests”, they are our friends; all former residents were more than welcome to attend. It is always so good to see them again!
Our motto is “It feels like home” and it is a real pleasure to try to provide one for lonely travellers at Christmas.
We wish all of our guests and friends the very best for the holiday season and a wonderful year in 2008!
“Superwoman” Teresa with Thiago from Brazil.