It’s Christmas Time in the City

There’s a certain string of traditions following Thanksgiving: put up the decorations, start planning the holiday purchases, write Christmas cards, bake a few batches of cookies, and start humming I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

Given our circumstances (living in China, and all) this year’s holiday season has had to stray from the usual traditions. However, we still put up decorations and made a few purchases. Meanwhile, we had to forgo the cookies (ovens aren’t popular appliances around here) and have been avoiding I’ll Be Home for Christmas like the plague. But when it’s all said and done, I’d like to think that we had a nice first Christmas away from home.

We each had to work on Christmas Eve, but started our celebrations once our classes were over. First stop: a Reggae-themed bar we frequent (not because of any particular love for Marley, but because they speak English there and don’t overcharge us). We met some friends there to listen to live music, have some excellent bbq, and watched for Santa Clause.

The next day we woke up late and happily discovered that Santa had come. After opening our gifts, we promptly spent the rest of the day preparing to host a Christmas party. For me, this party really hit the spot- we got to enjoy time with our friends, everyone brought something to eat from home (highlights include chips and salsa and gingerbread cookies), and we did a present exchange. Overall, it went off without a hitch and we were able to crawl into bed satisfied- in order to wake the next day for a very hectic Boxing Day… back at work.

 

Now to look forward to Chinese New Year!

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