15.11.2009 - 15.11.2009 3 °C
I can't believe it's November 15th already! In two weeks, it'll be Thanksgiving and in a little over a month, Christmas. But here, it still feels like fall. Yeah, it's cold and snowy but there aren't those usual reminders of winter here. No Halloween decorations, no turkeys in the butcher section of the supermarket, no Christmas carols, no toy ads on TV... I have to say I kind of like it! And maybe this year, I wouldn't mind skipping Christmas for a change! It'd be nice not to spend hundreds of dollars on gifts that people don't care for and not to have to decorate a decapitated tree! Plus, it's not like I'd feel left out, since Christmas day is like any other day here!
Still, I don't know... My family is scattered around the globe with my sister in NY, my brother and sister-in-law in Germany and my little brother in France (and soon to be in Louisiana). Christmas is the only time when we can all be together. But in China people don't celebrate Christmas and since I've only been with my company for a few weeks now, I could only expect to get 3 days leave. With my 2 week-end days, it's still only 5 days to travel! Two days in transit (and with my luck one of my flights is sure to be delayed, rerouted or highjacked!) and 3 days to recover from jet-lag while at the same time struggling not to fall asleep in the pecan pie! And how about the cost of this little jaunt? I haven't even dared look at the prices! Probably as much as what most people make in two months here!
That being said, nothing rivals beating my older brother at Risk on Christmas eve or seeing my parents in matching reindeer antlers on Christmas day... Arg! What should I do?