Spreading holiday CHEER!

I cannot believe that it is already December!! I must say that time has been going by fairly quickly. My husband and I have officially been living in Sasebo, Japan for six months now! And what’s a better way to ring in December and the upcoming holidays than by hosting a holiday homestay for Japanese students!??! So during this first week of December, I took some time out to spread an afternoon of holiday cheer to my new Japanese friends- Aoba, Reina, Toko, and Mami. They helped me decorate our Christmas tree with ornaments, candy canes, and string popcorn, they helped put together dinner (a taco bar) and make dessert Pops, we decorated Christmas stockings, and enjoyed a cultural lesson about how holidays are celebrated around the world. I also made them puppy chow as a snack and they absolutely LOVED it!! We snacked on that while rocking out to Christmas music and enjoying our activities.

This group of students inparticular had been specifically studying English for the past year in order to come to Sasebo and experience a homestay. I was very happy to be a part of their experience! In order to make it even more special for them, I made them some gifts that they could take home as stocking stuffers: a book of Christmas stories, games, and activities and a CD full of English songs (with a few Christmas ones stuck in there), and of course some sweets 🙂 It turned out that they had each made me a thank you gift as well! Each of them had made a book, in English, introducing themselves- telling me about their families, favorite foods, famous places in Japan, and their fashion style, etc! One girl even found it important to put her blood type as well as her family members’ blood type in her book! Haha! They were very sweet and a great gift that I will surely cherish forever!!

Take a look at some of the memories that we made:

Decorating the tree, first with ornaments.
Decorating the tree, first with ornaments.
Completed decorated tree with ornaments and candy canes! Now on to stringing popcorn!
Completed decorated tree with ornaments and candy canes! Now on to stringing popcorn!
Stringing popcorn for the tree.
Stringing popcorn for the tree.
It was tricky, but they did a great job!
It was tricky, but they did a great job!
Completed tree with the addition of popcorn.
Completed tree with the addition of popcorn.

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Our kit to make dessert Pops.
Our kit to make dessert Pops.
Making the Pops!
Making the Pops!
Sprinkle time!!
Sprinkle time!!

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Chow mix! Yum!
Chow mix! Yum!
Snacking and making Christmas stockings.
Snacking and making Christmas stockings.
Go figure, the American store on base doesn't sell glitter or Christmas stickers, so I had to resort to Japanese holiday stickers, lol. Still very cute!
Go figure, the American store on base doesn’t sell glitter or Christmas stickers, so I had to resort to Japanese holiday stickers, lol. Still very cute!
Finished products!!
Finished products!!
The English sketch books that they each made for me :)
The English sketch books that they each made for me 🙂
Group photo as we said our good-byes :(
Group photo as we said our good-byes 😦

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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

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  1. Lindsay, that looks like so much fun! I think your students really loved making those gifts and spending time with you! Grandma GeBuys

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