A Second Christmas in Korea

Christmas this year was really special.  We had a Christmas Eve potluck dinner at Naomi’s (since her apartment is the biggest. :))  The food and company were great, and as our friend Andy said, “We did well (with making the food).  Does this mean we’re real adults now?”  Naomi made mulled wine (yum) and I made egg nog.  We even had a secret santa where none of us correctly guessed who bought our gifts.

On Christmas morning, I skyped with my family (for 2 1/2 hours!) and in the evening, my boyfriend and I looked at the lights downtown.  Christmas here is a big holiday for couples.

With our Secret Santa Gifts

With our Secret Santa Gifts

A Merry Christmas cake - common here

Part of the Christmas decorations downtown

Downtown - we stumbled upon an area where you could take pictures with different decorations

Part of the Christmas decorations downtown

For New Year’s Eve, 10 of us went to a pension in Gangwha-do.  It’s a couple of hours west of Seoul, but was a great to ring in the New Year.  Last year, we stayed in Seoul for the New Year’s festivities, so we enjoyed getting out of Seoul this year. 

I can’t believe 2012 is here and January is over! Last year was great and I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for me!

New Year's Eve wasn't windy, so we could have a fire in the fireplace!

The owner said we were the first people to have a fire this year.

What would New Year's be without (fake) mistletoe?

The Outside of the Pension; we had the right side of the 2nd floor

A very windy New Year's Day! Ready to go home.


About caitlininkorea1011

An American living in Seoul, South Korea: teaching, learning, and traveling.
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