Christmas: tradition, atmosphere, and the human spirit

You may already be aware that I moved abroad weeks after graduating from college to Taiwan, a country where Chinese New year, not Christmas, is the time of year everyone culturally looks forward to for vacation, travel, and family. As a result, in the last 6 years, being home in America for Christmas has only happened … Continue reading Christmas: tradition, atmosphere, and the human spirit

CHARGE! into 2015 (Dec/Jan Update)

The holidays have come and gone, book marking the end of yet another year. 2015 is officially upon us. I'm keeping my New Year's Resolutions simple this year, since I want to actually accomplish them: learn how to drive a stick and donate my hair to Locks of Love. It's going to happen - and … Continue reading CHARGE! into 2015 (Dec/Jan Update)

Twas the Day After Christmas

   My own studio apartment to decorate, finding real potted Christmas trees at the grocery store, kindergarten Christmas program at school, Christmas pancakes for my small group, a weekend full of Christmas bustle at church, planning Aroma's first "children's Christmas program", a Christmas-themed book club-like gathering, Christmas Eve treats, Christmas movies, Christmas Day, working on … Continue reading Twas the Day After Christmas

Hello, 2013!

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 … Continue reading Hello, 2013!

HANGING IN THE BALANCE… between Christmas Day and the New Year

While we all hang here together, I thought I would share some of my Christmas video favorites from YouTube. I don't have much time to simply browse these kinds of things these days, so I largely depend of what my friends post around facebook. I come across some good stuff! Here's a few to enjoy … Continue reading HANGING IN THE BALANCE… between Christmas Day and the New Year

Just in time for the holidays!

I did it AGAIN. I somehow survived another holiday season by working straight through it and planning events and other things with every other spare moment of my time. On my own personal calendar, my holiday season starts on Thanksgiving Day, an American holiday practically foreign to the culture here and is about to wrap … Continue reading Just in time for the holidays!