Over the last several years, I’ve seen photos of friends on Facebook go to Hawaii for Christmas. They’re adorned in beautiful fresh orchid leis in short sleeved shirts and shorts, and of course, wearing appropriate traditional Christmas footwear in Hawaii – flip-flops. It’s always lovely to see our friends glistening in the perfect shade of bronze on their smiling faces.
Seriously, who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas in Hawaii when you could spend Christmas like this?
Or this? (And yes, when we shoveled the ice onto our snow bank, it sounded like shattered glass.)
We also managed to warm up over food, laughter, and joy over our first holiday office party potluck and dinners with friends whom we always said we’d see during the semester but never got the chance until after the semester was over.
(Photo Above: Our first holiday office party potluck. )
We broke tradition, and hosted a family-style potluck with faculty, spouses, and kids. In previous years, the chair of the department hosted an annual holiday office party that was more of a formal sit down dinner, typically sans kids. I’d like to think that breaking tradition and starting new ones reflects the changing of the times – one for the better and a more relaxed atmosphere.
(Photo Above: Dinner with some friends we haven’t seen in awhile. Easy kimbap rolls you make yourself at the table. Perfect for kids!)
Isn’t that part of the beauty of the holidays, gathering with friends and loved ones?
While the first part of our Christmas break was spent in colder climates, we escaped from the Michigan cold and gladly basked in warmer temperatures in my old hometown – Houston, Texas! We visited some old favorites, such as Super H Mart and Galleria Mall (hitting up the after Christmas sales), but we also saw some new sights around Houston, like Space Center Houston and the new Chinatown area in Bellaire.
Be on the lookout for these future posts:
A Visit to Space Center Houston
Super H Mart Never Closes, Even on Christmas
Shopping at Houston’s Galleria Mall After Christmas
The New Chinatown in Bellaire
Tacos Del Julio
Not all things look rough and rugged, like our Disney on Ice show down our slick driveway. Because when things look dark and bleak, then comes the light.
And when you look up, it’s breathtaking.
From my hometown to yours,