Christmas in Korea

December 26, 2014

It was a new experience having Christmas in a different country. Even though last year we were travelling the week leading up to Christmas (Budapest, Bratislava, & Vienna), living in a new place and knowing we wouldn’t be home created a different mindset. In some ways it was more exciting. The cold (much colder!) weather felt more like Christmas and being around the kindergarteners at school made it easy to exhibit my excitement. I decorated the class with a Christmas banner, a countdown, snowflakes, trees, and stockings.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe got in some fun Christmas activities throughout the month at various Christmas markets, too. We visited another one last weekend in Sinchon. It was only their second year holding a market so it was pretty small, but we did get some good photo opportunities.

Christmas Market in Sinchon

Christmas Market in Sinchon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe also stopped by the ice rink in front of City Hall which is open until February! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut in the end it still felt only a little like Christmas. It’s not celebrated in the same capacity here so it was difficult to fully embrace the Christmas season. Having the kindergarteners at school really helped though. On Wednesday we had a Christmas Party where we decorated stockings, “cupcakes,” had a singing competition, and Santa visited! It was exhausting but a lot of fun!

The "cupcakes" we decorated were actually chocolate muffins

The “cupcakes” we decorated were actually chocolate muffins

The "icing" was hand-whipped cream (very good!)

The “icing” was hand-whipped cream (very good!)

The toppings were M&Ms and candy canes

The toppings were M&Ms and candy canes

Jin with his stocking

Jin with his stocking

Matthew & Eric hard at work

Matthew & Eric hard at work

Leo with his stocking

Leo with his stocking

Zach was a very sad-looking Santa

Zach was a very sad-looking Santa

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Cherry Class

Cherry Class

I also filled my kids’ stockings with candy and presents! It was really fun watching them open their presents. They were very happy! I got the boys Pokemon cards and Alina some cute hair accessories.

Filled stockings

Filled stockings

The boys comparing their Pokemon cards

The boys comparing their Pokemon cards

Alina with her hair accessories

Alina with her hair accessories

Leo!

Leo!

The boys still talking Pokemon cards

The boys still talking Pokemon cards

On Christmas Eve and Christmas we ate delicious meals with Pam and Paul – chili for the Eve and coq au vin for Christmas – and drank lots of beer and mulled wine. Of course, we neglected to take any photos of our revelry. We had a very relaxing Christmas Day watching movies and talking to our families. We even got to open some presents! It was a very merry Christmas.

Here is a rather terrible video (half of the lights were out in the room) I made of the kindergarten kids singing Christmas carols:

cabbage Christmas tree

cabbage Christmas tree

We made reindeer in class

We made reindeer in class

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