by Girl

This Christmas was more laid back than usual. We don’t usually do all the Christmas things that Canadians do so it was almost like there wasn’t a Christmas at our house.

My sister was away on a trip with her friends so it was just me, my brother, mom, dad and Skylar. Only my mom and my brother went to church while dad, Skylar and I stayed home. We didn’t have a tree and some gifts that we exchanged weren’t even wrapped. We didn’t do our gifts until mid-afternoon on Christmas day. I got a nice tea thermos that I wanted quite a bit from David’s tea from my sister, a nice thin hoodie (you can never have too many of these, just like you can never have too many PJ pants) from my brother and a bunch of Coach bags and clothes from my parents from when we went to Lighthouse outlet in Michigan.

A few days ago, our family took an overnight road trip (probably a first in the last decade and a half) to Chicago where we spent time in King Sauna jimjilbang and stopped at Michigan for shopping. My dad drove in the nighttime for 9 hours straight and seeing him talk, count, sing and do these things to stay awake made me feel bad. When he goes to work, that must be what he does too. It makes me nervous because it is dangerous as well. The sauna experience was weird because in a gender-segregated bathing areas, you had to be fully naked in front of everyone. But I survived. Different sauna rooms were pretty cool and relaxing. I really enjoyed the time there and it was a very good family trip.

This morning, my dad left for work and I won’t get to see him until probably next year. For Christmas, I wrote my parents long letters and they were both very touched by them. The more I get to know, the more I realize how much they are doing for the family. I am really grateful for them and I hope they stay healthy and happy for a long time so I can be a good daughter for them. I am looking forward to helping them out and sending them on trips once I start making money. I just really hope everything stays afloat until then.