2021 Holiday Recommendations

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2021 holiday recommendations

Hello, dear Sleepy readers!

I thought I’d keep it simple this year by presenting a list of things that I think you’d enjoy during the year-end holidays. Forget about the pandemic or whatever else is going on in your life – even if only momentarily – and give thanks to the blessings and hardships that you have and will encounter.

It’s been over three years since this blog first started, which originally took the form of an e-commerce shop that sold sleep-related products. Shifting to a blog format and growing its traffic organically has been more challenging than I’d imagine. This is why I would appreciate it if you can take the time out to share this website with at least two other persons that you know. I also hope that we have helped you out, even if just a little, via the many articles we have published.

You might find it strange that there are no advertisements on this website, not even a referral link of any sort. This is because I’ve been shouldering the expenses on my own. I am, however, considering adding a page where you can shop for merchandise exclusive to this site. This will, of course, be optional, although it would be much appreciated.

But enough of the rambling. Have a look back at our previous year’s Christmas tips here, and may you always be happy, healthy, and wise.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to one and all.

Book Recommendations

Man’s Search for Meaning

man's search for meaning

Victor Frankl’s horrific experience as a Nazi concentration camp survivor is detailed in this all-time classic. It is also a book about the importance of mental fortitude in the darkest of times.

1984

1984 George Orwell

You’ve probably already read this one, but if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? George Orwell’s grim, twisted tale in many ways predicted and reflects what modern societies have become (although not with perfect accuracy).

Documentary Recommendations

DW documentaries are generally well-made and eye-opening. Below are just a handful of episodes that you can watch on YouTube for free.

Our Best Friend, the Dog

Man’s best friend, the dog. This is one of my favorite documentary episodes of 2021.

The Global Fight Over Water

Another well-made DW documentary that explains why everyone needs to take the issue of water more seriously.

The Power of the Pharmaceutical Companies

Pharmaceutical companies were already dominant before COVID-19. Has the pandemic changed anything?

Movie Recommendations

The Polar Express

the polar express

An adventure-filled trip to the North Pole via the Polar Express sees a young boy discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Tokyo Godfathers

tokyo godfathers

This is a surprise entry on this year’s list because it’s a Japanese anime that was released nearly 20 years ago. It tells the story of three homeless people who found an abandoned baby during Christmas and how it made them realized the importance of family.

Music Recommendations

Kenny G

Yes, I’m recommending Kenny G because I frankly enjoy his music. Some people argue that Kenny G’s music isn’t pure jazz, but there’s no denying that he has created his own unique musical style.

A documentary chronicling his journey titled Listening to Kenny G has just been released on HBO Max, so check it out if you so wish.

Christmas & Holiday Mood Music

This music can help get you into the holiday mood while you reflect on your life.

Podcast Recommendations

Hidden Brain with Shankar Vedantam, and Something You Should Know with Mike Carruthers, are two podcasts that I recommend you to add to your list.

Cooking Channel Recommendation

One of my favorite chefs with a unique personality and many good recipes. His love for his craft truly shines through in each episode.

Health/Mindfulness Recommendations

Thích Nhất Hạnh/Plum Village

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and mindfulness teacher Thích Nhất Hạnh and his students share their wisdom on how you can live a better life.

Sadhguru

A self-styled “guru” but don’t let his name fool you! Watch his videos if you want to have a different perspective of things.

Wim Hof

The “Iceman” Wim Hof. He wasn’t the first to utilize the power of the cold for health benefits, but he certainly did help make it popular.

And thank you for reading.