I know this is a long post, but we wanted to share our Christmas in Korea with you all! So hang in there, and remember that even though we’ve had a great Christmas abroad, nothing beats being with family! If you have the opportunity to spend the holidays with your family, treasure it and have a great time!
Our great friend Dorette from dots.i.am.PHOTOGRAPHY took some pictures of us, and got a few done just in time to share with everyone for Christmas.
To make sure this Christmas was off to a good start, I accidently butchered Jared’s haircut; he’s now sporting the buzz look.
We kicked off the Christmas season making Gingerbread Houses with our kiddos at school!
We did several crafts with our kiddos to keep them in the Christmas spirit since Christmas in Korea is not as big of a deal as Christmas in western countries.
About a week before Christmas, we had our coteachers over for a Christmas Card Craft night! We had a blast, and enjoyed being creative while listening to Christmas music.
It was so much fun to see the creativity in each card.
After Jared cooked us an amazing late night breakfast, he even joined the fun and made a Charlie Brown Christmas card! What an amazing husband I have!
Since I had a lot of left over Christmas paper, I decided to bring it to school, and all the kids had a great time making cards for their parents and friends!
The weekend before Christmas, our friend Sarah Weaver (check out her awesome blog) came down from Daegu to visit and tour the island. It was such a nice weekend, we spent a lot of time soaking up the sunshine.
We celebrated Christmas at our school (ECC) on Monday. All dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Santa, we had fun taking pictures with the kiddos, and giving them a western taste of Christmas tradition.
All the kiddos got their picture taken with the Santas.
And then I managed to squeeze in a few pictures with the kids while they were waiting to get their presents from Santa.
All the kids lined up to get their gift from Santa….
And then they headed back to their classrooms to open their presents! The classrooms were filled with joy, laughter, and excitement.
At first, this little guy was very disappointed at the small size of his package (he has the smallest one), but after he opened it and found collecting cards just like the ones his older brother collected, he was the happiest boy there. He ran from student to student showing off his gift!
The next day, we sported our elf-ear Santa hats for our office Christmas party.
We had a great Secret Santa party at the office!
One of the best parts about making jewelry, it giving it as gifts!
We spent Christmas day eating a delicious brunch with friends, and then playing cards at home. Christmas evening we enjoyed some great Italian with friends. It was a great day, and we feel so blessed to have such great friends to spend the holidays with, but that goes to say that nothing beats time spent with family. It was amazing how little it actually felt like Christmas…
Until I received a call at 5am from my brother! Although we could nearly keep our eyes open, it was so much fun to be a part of Christmas back home, both with my family, and with Jared’s. We feel truly blessed that we live in a day in which video chat is readily available!
We will spend the next few days planning for our trip to Japan this weekend! Stay tuned for pictures of that trip in the weeks to come! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Englishes in Korea!