I know, you were probably expecting a photograph of my Christmas tree, or some other seasonal decor. In fact, those beat-up looking boxes are seasonal decor for me - this year. While some expats stuff their suitcases with presents and fly home to dispense them in person, we will not be heading home, but rather - as many expats in Asia do - heading somewhere warm and tropical for Christmas, saving the long visit home for the summer. This means that all our Christmas presents must be mailed, and - in order to get them there on time without sacrificing the boys' higher education - early. This pile (which is still short two boxes) will be taken to the post office today and - after all the customs forms are completed (another aspect of expat life I was unprepared for) - will begin the process of traveling halfway across the world to the people we love.
Our dining room table has spent the weekend awash in packing tape, gift wrap, Christmas cards, and bojagi (Korean wrapping cloths) which - thanks to Youtube - I was able to learn to wrap properly
|The 'Lotus Wrap'|
|The 'Orchid' wrap.|
Unless I leave the tree up until February. Now, there's an idea....