Korean Christmas 2010

Korean Christmas #5.

I can’t believe how time flies.  This is my 5th Christmas in Asia, away from home, snow, family, and familiar traditions.

I just finished school today to begin a two week vacation.  My apartment’s Christmas lights are twinkling near my mini Christmas tree and the carols are playing in the background.

I’m looking forward to eating lots of delicious food with friends this weekend, but the time of year definitely makes me think of home.

Resgatem Noel

Growing up, the family traditions around Christmas time are just the norm: new pajamas, Christmas eve parties, turkey, walk in the snow.  Now, I crave them.  I crave the white snow and sleeping over with family to open up presents and enjoy amazing food, drinks and laughs.

Despite being in Korea for years, the lack of holiday spirit still shocks me every December.  In addition, with so many friends from around the globe,  I also have a hard time getting used to other people’s traditions.  North Americans spend the nights at people’s homes with drinks and snacks and singing.  The Brits, Aussies, and Kiwis are used to heading out on the town to drink the bars dry to ring in the holidays.

With the huge mix we have here, the only logical option is to meet downtown at the usual hang outs.  So, as much as I love to see everyone and it helps feel like family is a bit closer, I’d rather be sneaking over to my sister’s place for some punch and cheese and crackers.

Every holiday season here has been spent with different groups as people are constantly coming and going.  That takes some getting used to as well.  I am grateful for the crew I’ve grown closest to in my years here to make the most of the holiday season.

With turkey dinners and hopefully norae-bangs on the list of things to do this weekend, I’m excited for my Korean Christmas finale.

Wishing everyone I can’t be with a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Who knows where I’ll be celebrating Christmas next year!

Creative Commons Licensephoto creditEli K Hayasaka

One Response to Korean Christmas 2010
  1. Melina Myers
    February 1, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Just read this posting…a little late but wanted to remind you that there will always be a cheese ball or better…”fat-kid dip” waiting for you at your next Christmas at home!

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Korean Christmas 2010

Korean Christmas #5.

I can’t believe how time flies.  This is my 5th Christmas in Asia, away from home, snow, family, and familiar traditions.

I just finished school today to begin a two week vacation.  My apartment’s Christmas lights are twinkling near my mini Christmas tree and the carols are playing in the background.

I’m looking forward to eating lots of delicious food with friends this weekend, but the time of year definitely makes me think of home.

Resgatem Noel

Growing up, the family traditions around Christmas time are just the norm: new pajamas, Christmas eve parties, turkey, walk in the snow.  Now, I crave them.  I crave the white snow and sleeping over with family to open up presents and enjoy amazing food, drinks and laughs.

Despite being in Korea for years, the lack of holiday spirit still shocks me every December.  In addition, with so many friends from around the globe,  I also have a hard time getting used to other people’s traditions.  North Americans spend the nights at people’s homes with drinks and snacks and singing.  The Brits, Aussies, and Kiwis are used to heading out on the town to drink the bars dry to ring in the holidays.

With the huge mix we have here, the only logical option is to meet downtown at the usual hang outs.  So, as much as I love to see everyone and it helps feel like family is a bit closer, I’d rather be sneaking over to my sister’s place for some punch and cheese and crackers.

Every holiday season here has been spent with different groups as people are constantly coming and going.  That takes some getting used to as well.  I am grateful for the crew I’ve grown closest to in my years here to make the most of the holiday season.

With turkey dinners and hopefully norae-bangs on the list of things to do this weekend, I’m excited for my Korean Christmas finale.

Wishing everyone I can’t be with a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Who knows where I’ll be celebrating Christmas next year!

Creative Commons Licensephoto creditEli K Hayasaka

One Response to Korean Christmas 2010
  1. Melina Myers
    February 1, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Just read this posting…a little late but wanted to remind you that there will always be a cheese ball or better…”fat-kid dip” waiting for you at your next Christmas at home!

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Welcome to Kristin’s Backpack! I jumped on the blogging bandwagon in 2010 to share my Canadian-theatrical-backpacking perspective on my world adventures. With my return to Canada, I will continue to dig into my pockets and reflect on life as it has come to involve Teaching, Travel, and Theatre. Time to unzip the pockets!
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This is what summer is all about- finished a book yesterday and am on to the next today.  I just opened The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which has been on my shelf for ages.  I have been extremely interested in reading accounts that stem from true stories in a dark history that is often swept to the side.  
At the same time, I have been listening to The Maze Runner series as an audio book and have been extremely captivated by the young characters’ circumstances and their view on the world.  
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