Holidays are usually the most stressful time of the year- at least for me. So much to do, presents to buy, shopping crowds, parties to attend, appropriate attire to find... should be enjoyable, but it always ends up being a burden. Therefore I never really get into the whole Christmas spirit, I'm too busy being worried.
However, this year, I'm happy to announce that I feel pretty merry about Christmas. Which is odd because it's a bit of a sad situation- Aaron and I are all alone in a foreign country, far from our roots, not celebrating with our families, and without traditional foods to be had. Christmas is not a huge holiday in Korea- children get presents, but it's mostly celebrated among couples. The big holiday here is New Years.
I've been dreading Christmas all year- I knew it would be kind of difficult, being so far away from home. But as the time approaches, I feel pretty serene without all the stress and social obligations. I happily went shopping for a few traditional goodies to send to my family, and spent long hours at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf writing Christmas cards to send friends.
And I think my first (and probably last) Christmas in Seoul will be (and should be!) fun. It's a good reason to get together with my friends, stock up on sweets, go out for a decadent meal, and perhaps for a night walking around downtown and admire the city lights. And I'm not all alone, Aaron is here so I'm sure we'll somehow have a blast.