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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

X'mas is coming its long way after one year pass. I've been waiting for the season for a while. It's always my favourite, opening dialogues with dear friends through “a real mail”, even once a year. When I unfold St. Paul X'mas card, one of my collection, it recalls me how wonderful London is. The city in my memory is not so far away; it's clear. I could smell the snow.


As usual, I received X'mas card from Alan and Marian, the old couple from St. Nicolas Church. I met them in 2005 before the winter for Alpha course. In the 2nd semester, they drave me home after every Thur. course. Things happened just like yesterday. 
  

             <Marian and Alan>


Of course, I ever had wonderful party for X'mas in Taiwan earlier. At the final year in senior high school, we held a small party in Taipei East Area. Apart from exchanging gifts, we made best wish for leading an ideal college life in mind. Thing happened just like yesterday. Year by year, I have become the one who didn’t care X'mas anymore; I just felt boring and unmeaningful. Nevertheless, Life in UK changes my thought totally.

                             <Winter, Durham, UK>


The first thing I have mentioned is the church activity. Christians regard X'mas as importance and so do my European friends. During holiday season, my friends came back home with family instead of wild parties with friends. The 1st semester ending up with a afternoon tea break, Matt, Charles, Oum, Air, Alvin and I sat at open yard in a coffee shop, discussing winter vocation plan and what's the gift we have bought.

                                           <my fab friends>


Charles prepared 8 small different kinds of gifts for his former girl friend. Matt just bought a pair of colourful sock for Cecile. Oum prepared a necklace. "How about you, Ingrid?" friends asked with curiosity. "I didn't prepare." I say. "Coz Ian got me ! I am the most precious present for him" "You are such a silly girl. Poor Ian. $^*#@($@ ......" Matt yelled to me. At the moment, I knew I was doing the wrong thing. After the small gathering, Charles, Oum and Alvin dragged me toward shops in Durham. We started at Boots. There, my friends help me pick up Lacoste Prefume.


So, the fact is that I was surrounded by the strong X'mas atmosphere in UK. What I have experienced accelerates me to fall in love with X'mas is my first Germany trip with Miss Pooh. The lovely X'mas stuff in every city stimulated me to take action in shopping.
 
      <shopping in Heidelburg>                             <shopping in Airport>


Heidelberg
Castle
exist for its romantic grieve and sorrow. The huge X'mas market in Nuremberg and her serene church opened my vista of the world inspired my subconscious mind. X'mas Eve dinner with B&B host family in Rothenberg, rich and luxuriant breakfast, oh dear, I miss the fabulous food. During X'mas day, most of shops closed; Miss Pooh and I just had sweet snow ball for dinner since nothing could be found in the street; people prefer to have that day at home.  But no worry, we did enjoy the tranquility and saw the different views of the small city. Then, we started to analyze the roof and the window of Germany style. Thing just happened like yesterday.

                                   
                      <2005 X'mas Eve with Rothenburg B&B family>    


                                <unforgotten delicous breakfast>



This year, Ian and I didn’t work hard on celebration though. We have decided to see a French movie "A Christmas Tale." We enjoy having fun together: everyday could be a Valentine's Day. Everyday is the good day to be with family, not only X'mas.
 

X'mas is always my favourite. I've been waiting for it for a long time. It’s the season to review the year and look forward to the future. X'mas cards have been sent to all over the world. My beloved friends, and my cousins, Merry X'mas. I love you all.

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