Merry Christmas Everyone!
This is the first year ever that Nick and I are spending Christmas away from our families. Although we miss our families and friends back home very much, we are managing pretty well. Both our families mailed us some great Christmas packages and we have been Skyping with everyone all month and on Christmas day. One thing we have noticed since we've moved here is how small the world is now with technology like Skype, email, and google chat. It has been very easy to keep in close contact with all of our family and friends no matter where they are now, whether it is back at home in CA or in Africa, and so it doesn't really feel like we are 2,000 miles away. Therefore, it has been less difficult than expected, to not be with family this year.
Since it is our first Christmas alone, we are starting some new traditions. We started by making a quick one day trip to Chicago so that we could check out the city and all the Christmas decór that the city has to offer. We also have started a new Christmas tradition of making homemade pizza Christmas eve and watching The Grinch. Tomorrow, Christmas morning, we will have Nicks family tradition of breakfast casserole and then my family tradition of prime rib for dinner, I'm looking forward to it. Another new Christmas experience for us is enjoying some snowfall outside of our very own house, even if only a little. So far this Christmas has been quite pleasant, but we do still wish we had some family here to celebrate with.
The City/Buckingham Fountain
Millenium Park/The Chicago Theatre
Millenium Bean/Mall Decór
Night City with Christmas Lights
The Lincoln Park Zoo