(That is, Merry Christmas!)
It is officially my first Christmas away from home in Taiwan, hundreds of miles away from my family. Tomorrow marks four months since I moved.
Christmas is my favorite holiday, and it's odd to be in a different country during this holiday season. Since Christmas is not an official holiday here, I've been doing school work non-stop, even in the early Christmas hours! I've got papers to write and academic journals to read until January. At first, I thought it was depressing, going to classes and doing school work during the holidays. But now, I see it as a transition. My life's changed, so I must get used to the changes! I'm someone who isn't exactly fond of extreme change, but after moving far away and having to acclimate myself to a myriad of new things, I'm learning to embrace it.
Maybe I'm trying to say that I've grown up. Therefore, this is my first Christmas as an adult.
|The dinner (at least some of it).|
I truly am content; many people dream about what I've gotten to experience thus far and it's all been a great gift. Truthfully, when you are in an unfamiliar environment, in can take an emotional toll on you. I've had some terrible days where I just want to lash out and scream or hide away in my room. But I think bad moments can be beneficial. When removed from what you're used to, you discover a lot about yourself. Therefore, I think my experiences so far are a wonderful Christmas gift. For me, this Christmas is about reflection and being grateful for what I have and have accomplished.
Okay - enough of the serious babel!
While Christmas is not an official holiday here, the holiday season has been present in many places in Taipei, mainly in the Xinyi district.
|Big snowman in Xinyi.|
|A walkway with lights.|
|This light tree was huge!|
Look at the people to compare.
|Inside the tree, you could sit and take pictures.|
Lastly, I leave you with some Christmas music:
"So this is Christmas" by Celine Dion:
"X-mas Spirit" by Chara (my favorite Japanese artist!)