Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are things of the past here in South Korea but the memories of Christmas 2007 are ones that we will treasure for years to come. On Christmas Eve we spent the evening at two places, with two very special groups of people. First, we went to, "Azuma KimBap," the restaurant of our friend, Jaeyoung for dinner. The food was great but our time together was the highlight. We spent over two hours with Jaeyoung and his family, singing songs and talking about the real meaning of Christmas. Below is great video of Jaeyoung singing "Silver Bells." It was a wonderful time.
After we left Jaeyoung's place we walked over to our friends, the Lavender's house. They were hosting a drop-in Christmas Eve party. We enjoyed the latter part of the evening eating Christmas goodies and visiting with friends from TCIS. After the party we walked home and within minutes were "nestled all snug in our beds."
Christmas morning dawned upon the land of the morning calm with the signs that Santa had made his appearance on this side of the world. Actually, we all awoke to a clatter to see what was the matter only to realize that Christmas Day was on a Tuesday and Tuesday is trash and recycling day here at our apartment complex and they take recycling serious here in South Korea--obviously even more serious than Christmas morning...so, we took out the trash and then....opened presents. It was a grand time. The highlights of the morning included Becca getting a cell phone and Sarah getting an iPod for Christmas.
Christmas Day culminated with a wonderful dinner over at our friends, the Zickefoose's home. They invited us and few others from TCIS over for a wonderful dinner. Heidi's great cooking and the Zickefoose hospitality combined for a wonderful time had by all. After our evening at the Zickefooses we returned home to watch on DVD the last half of the Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."
I love Clarence's inscription to George Bailey in the book, Tom Sawyer, "Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings, Love Clarence."
Friends, (and family) are so precious--love and best wishes to all of you, our friends and family, during this blessed Christmas Season.