Hello, 2013!

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Happy New Year to all my friends and family, near and abroad! I trust that all of you had a wonderful  holiday season with the people closest to you, putting up and decorating Christmas trees, wrapping presents and stuffing stockings, planning parties and preparing meals, stringing lights and hanging mistletoe. Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It still is, although for the last 4 years it has looked extremely different all around me. In fact every year the celebration has been a completely different nontraditional Christmas.

Here’s a mini visual of my 2012 Christmas season:

Between all the parties, Christmas-caroling, and service preparation, there was hardly time to breathe. But alas, on Christmas day I found myself with the people closest to me, celebrating my favorite day of the year; and somehow, on that day, all was at peace.

All of you, near and far, were in my thoughts this Christmas season. I found myself quite astounded when I realized this was Christmas #4 away from home. I actually do plan on being home for Christmas 2013. Four Christmases ago, the lines “I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams” became a reality in my life, and I’ve decided its time to change that.

And now for 2013.

New Year’s Eve was a Monday night, and what do we always do on Monday night? Play ultimate frisbee. So that’s what we did, followed by a barbecue up on the roof of my apartment, where we ushered in the new year, food and drinks in hand, watching the Taipei 101 fireworks display with everybody else up on the roof.

And after it was all over, life went on. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my dear ones. I think of all of you often.

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