17.12.2006 - 17.12.2006
As the majority of the teachers at Sullivan and EG had made plans to go on holiday for xmas, we decided to have our xmas day early. So on Sunday 17th December, we gathered at Laura's apartment, where Theresa and Zoe had prepared a xmas dinner for about 12 of us. We don't have any ovens in ur apartments, so Laura had collected roast chickens from the supermarket and the others had prepared veg, a huge mountain of mashed potatoes, gravy (sent by Laura's mum) and even a homemade chocolate cheesecake and a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake - it was an impressive spread.
We also had presents - we had organised a secret santa between all of us coming to the xmas party and we all got remarkably good gifts for our 10,000 won (about £6) limit. I got a gorgeous pair of green earrings, to go with the silver and green ring I received from my work secret santa.
The best surprise of the day, however, had to be waking up first thing to find 4 inches of snow! It was the perfect setting for our fake xmas day - crisp, white and cold. My xmas present to myself was a decent winter coat
That coat came in very handy after our xmas dinner. We'd all had a lot to eat, and quite a bit to drink too - thanks to Nicky's delicious mulled wine - and we were feeling a bit sleepy. Mark had the genius idea of downloading the South Park xmas special, and we all watched that while our dinner (and all that cheesecake!) went down. By then it was about 6 or 7pm and it had got dark, but I had the urge to wake myself up a bit, so I suggested we go and make snowmen in the park.
About 5 of us went to begin with, and we regressed back to our childhoods - running around in the snow, climbing on the climbing frames, going down the icy slide and being pushed on the swings. We'd been fooling around for about 20 minutes when the rest of the party arrived and we actually got around to making a snowman.
It proved somewhat harder than we thought, so it became a quite short, two headed, siamese snowman. One half was a man and the other was a woman in a kind of homage to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the musical we'd seen recently, about a transsexual rock star.
We then, predictably, wound up having a huge snowball fight, which typically ended up as boys vs. girls. It was a lot of fun though - I burnt off most of the xmas dinner calories. Finally, we ended our night in the park, with a bottle of red wine and carol singing. It was the most christmassy thing I could imagine, considering we were all away from our families back home, and missing them a lot. It was a really fun day, and a great way to spend fake christmas before we all set off on our various trips - some to Hanoi, some to China and Hong Kong, a few to Taiwan, and then myself, Nicky, Rachel and Laura to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).....