Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas past

Christmas Day is behind us, and there's a sense of relief in the air. It is both a holy day for us and a holiday, so I appreciate that Christmas in Taiwan is a toned-down affair; there's a bit of hall-decking and last-minute shopping, but not the craziness of the season stateside. Still, I miss family, miss being able to carry on certain traditions (someone please tell me who got Willy this year!), and miss the smell of a real tree--I stuck some sprigs of rosemary into our tree so it would at least smell like something in nature--and it's easy to get homesick the more you think about what you're missing. So now that the big day is over, I feel free to enjoy the rest of our winter break without the emotional weight that Christmas brought to the first half. My parents are coming to visit in a couple weeks, so I am looking forward to that, and hoping to get a few things done around the house in preparation.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, wherever you are, with the company of friends and loved ones. I had a good one, but I'm happy to have it over for another year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I am glad you are all ok. I know saying that isn't relative so much to this posting as the earthquake one (I just read that too)but I'm happy all is well with you.
We did indeed miss you all this Christmas. It truly isn't the same without you here. You were all in our thoughts and prayers, but it's not the same as being able to hold and hug you you know?
I'm glad mom and dad are coming soon to see you. Cin~ and I have a couple of little gifts for you that they are bringing.
Never forget how much all of you are loved. Distance only enhances that feeling. We're all very proud of what you are doing there. Hope to see you soon,
Love, Mont