Monday, December 31, 2012
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Although the rest of December flew by it was a pretty quiet month which was a good thing since I spent two weeks dealing with a bad head cold. I'm still reaching for the tissues everyday, but at least I feel better.
With Shanghai being a "western" city there were lots of Christmas decorations around. The big difference here is that they don't go up until December and many not until two weeks before Christmas. Such a nice change from the US, where decorations show up before Halloween!
Lily's school put on a production of The Nutcracker, Lily was an Arabian dancer, she did a fabulous job! We were a bit worried since every other school production she has shied away and clung to a teacher. She did her dance perfectly and even helped a classmate who missed her exit stage left cue.
The weekend before Christmas we took the kids to the mall to see Santa. He only put in an appearance for a few days before Christmas and was not nearly as authentic as the ones we've seen in the US. Even Lily recognized that he wasn't the real deal. Luckily she accepted our "Santa's helper" explanation.
We rang in the New Year with friends and a fabulously American dinner of cheeseburgers, au gratin potatoes, and a champagne toast at midnight! It has been an amazing year for us filled with many wonderful new experinces and we look forward to 2013 and all of the new adventures we will be going on. Up first Florida, Disney, & family!