Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Balla Christmas Day

So how do you spend Christmas afternoon when you are away from your family, in a country that barely notices what day it is? One option is to spend time with American friends, enjoying a traditional Christmas meal in a Western restaurant. Another possibility is to invite Chinese friends to come over and observe how a Christian family spends the day feasting, resting, and having fun.

While both of these choices were definitely tempting, we opted for "door number three"...A quiet day, just the four of us, enjoying some local sites and food. A stroll in the brisk air through the Summer Palace, and a tasty dinner of hot pot to warm us up. Not a traditional Christmas, that's for sure. But a really enjoyable one, nonetheless...



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