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Christmas was “different” at our house this year for a number of reasons:
- we had just returned home from our vacation to Florida two days earlier,
- we had Thi with us this year and it was his first time celebrating Christmas ever, but
- our middle daughter decided that she wasn’t coming home over the winter break from school, so we were saddened by her absence.
Sometimes life throws us curveballs but, despite our sadness and confusion, we really wanted to make the most of this Christmas holiday for Thi! And, quite honestly, having him here with us has been a much-needed diversion.
One thing that I really wanted to buy for him was his own Bible. I think he was quite pleased with it.
Another host parent had shared this Christmas ornament idea that she found on Etsy, and I ordered one for Thi right away. I hope in years to come when he sees this, he will remember his time with us fondly.
He also got a new drawing pad, an American flag Pop Socket for his phone and a face mask (to try to ward off some of this Pennsylvania winter weather).
He was excited to join in the Christmas festivities and even enjoyed buying some gifts for us. The shirt he picked out for Brian was a crowd pleaser, that’s for sure. He calls Brian “Santy” so it was appropriate! (We suggested
All in all, we had a pretty good holiday and I’m glad that Thi was here to share it with us. Years ago, we decided to cut back on the gifts and focus more on the people, the time, and the memories. I hope that Thi made memories here that he will carry with him into the future and that, sometimes, he will think of us and remember his American family who loves him.
Ashley and I went out shopping and hit up some after-Christmas sales. I found these ornaments at At Home and had to buy them. We aren’t really into Santa that much around here, but I wanted to buy these to remind us of our time with Thi.
If you have room in your heart and home for a foreign exchange student, I’d highly recommend it. Who knows? It just might be the diversion you need too (even if you don’t know now that you will need one!) Leave a comment if you’d like more information.