Early Christmas

I made a special Christmas dinner for this family I meet up with every week. On the menu were chicken legs, french fries, vegetables, corn on the cob, and chocolate cake for dessert. I took a picture of the table right before they arrived. Needless to say, it took me a few hours to get it ready but it was all worth it for an early Christmas celebration.

Christmas dinner

Because I wasn’t at home for Christmas, I brought my family’s tradition with me. I asked my guests to reflect on the past year and share their meaningful memories. It turned out to be a good time of sharing and bonding. Another tradition I was able to pull off was opening the gifts under the Christmas tree after dinner. Then, I got them to watch Charlie Brown Christmas movie with me, which is something I do every year with my students. Even though I’m far from family, I’m thankful for a little bit of traditional Christmas here in China:

family picture

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