It is hard to believe Christmas is one week away! We've been in Busan for two months now and although we have fallen into a nice daily routine, I feel like I lose track of time really easily. Since Christmas is not celebrated over here [although you'll find a small section of Christmas decorations at some of the stores], it is definitely not the same "in-your-face-the-day-after-Thanksgiving" marketing we experience in the States.
This year I decided to let myself off the hook when it came to Christmas decorations. I actually didn't ship any decorations over to Busan so I would have had to buy some gawdy decorations at the store or make everything from scratch. And although the latter wasn't a far fetched option, I decided by the time I would have finished them it would have been time to take them right back down. Oh, and it doesn't help that we're not even going to be here for Christmas.
I was feeling a bit guilty that the boys were not going to enjoy a traditional Christmas this year, but Big J's main concern was that Santa would be able to find us in Thailand [I reassured him that I already called Santa and arranged for a special delivery to our hotel room...he was quite impressed that I knew Santa's phone number]. Plus he already had a visit from Santa at school and also celebrated St. Lucia with his classmates and Norwegian friends.
The one thing I wanted to accomplish before the holidays was to bake Christmas cookies for some friends. There are so many people here in Busan that have helped make our move very smooth and I wanted to thank them with some holiday treats. I baked some sugar cookies using Molly's family recipe [by the way I love her baking with kids recipe idea...brilliant!], glazed lemon cookies [inspired by Martha's husband] and chocolate oatmeal coconut cookies [I used this recipe]. This was my first time using these three recipes and I have to say they are all really yummy!
I designed and printed some labels + cookie cards [I figured people might be interested in what they are eating] and packaged everything up in the nifty bakery boxes Appah picked up from Japan earlier this year. I think I could spend all day working on packaging, I love it so much! All the cookies were hand delivered by me and the boys this morning. I think native Koreans don't do a lot of baking so homebaked goods are well received.
I'm feeling a bit more of the holiday spirit. And now it is time for our family to fly down to sunny Thailand to enjoy our Christmas with some of our dear friends from Oregon. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!