When I first came to Thailand, I expected to feel lonely and depressed on holidays and other special days.� The first special day that came around was my birthday in August.� When my students learned it was my birthday, they made the day really special for me.� I ended up having one of the best birthdays of my life.� Since then, I�ve learned not to worry about the holidays so much.� Thai people really know how to celebrate, and they�re happy to observe non-Thai holidays (especially if they�re fun holidays!).�
Today is Christmas Eve, and it�s been a pretty full day.� Daniel & I were invited to have lunch with Ajan (professor) Nut at her house.� We met her at the Education department.� All of our students were there working on decorations for the big party they�re putting on tomorrow.�
Lunch with Ajan Nut was really nice.� She has 3 daughters and 1 son.� All of them are really impressive kids!� They attend a bilingual (English-Thai) school, and two of the girls have studied abroad in Australia.� Their English is really good.� They all play musical instruments and draw as well.� I enjoyed talking with them.
After lunch, I came home to wrap up some presents for my students.� Daniel & I actually bought little presents for every one of the TESOL students.� Shopping was kind of a pain, but it will be fun to give out the presents tomorrow.�� Mom, I put that Christmas wrapping paper you sent to good use!
Tomorrow I�ll go to work, but I won�t have to work very hard.� My students are putting on a big Christmas party, so I�ll go to that.� I�ll teach a listening & speaking class after the party (we�re gonna listen to Christmas songs!).� Then I�ll go to another Christmas party at Betsy�s house.� I think it will turn out to be a really nice Christmas!
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