Around this time of year, as an English teacher in South Korea, there are many things you start to miss; family, friends, holiday traditions, however, being in South Korea you meet many people, other English Teachers who celebrate Christmas and also Korean friends who also celebrate the holiday, so spending Christmas in South Korea can be a really great experience. This blog will look at how I and some other English teachers spent last Christmas, and how you can expect to spend the holiday in South Korea.
Last Christmas, my friends and I got together and had a pot luck style Christmas party. We each cooked a dish and brought some drinks and we watched movies and talked. It was a really great time. Some of my close Korean friends also joined in - bringing along some good traditional Korean food as well. Everything was delicious.
While there was no Turkey, there was definitely no lack of delicious food as you can see. While it was kind of hard being away for Christmas, it was nice spending the time with friends. It made the holiday really special. This year I will be on vacation during the holidays, so I will miss out on this year's festivities (although being on a beach in Bali doesn't seem so bad).
Christmas would not be Christmas (for me at least) without presents, and while I am the other side of the world, my family and friends still sent me a HUGE parcel filled with great gifts, which included some home comfort food and Christmas cards. It made Christmas morning really nice.
Even though Christmas is not as big in South Korea as it is back at home, one thing that made it feel special for me was the abundance of decorations, which are left up well into the New Year, and also the Christmas music, which is also played well into February. No kidding, one of the coffee shops in Daegu left its Christmas tree up all year round. The bigger department stores sold Christmas trees and lights and everything you need to make a class room or home festive for the holiday.
While it is never easy being away from friends and family, it can be especially hard this time of year. But remember, teaching English gives you the opportunity to travel and see the world. You make many new friends and often these friends become like family. Spending time together, especially during the holidays, makes for some really great memories. I still remember last Christmas fondly, because it was spent with some really great people.
John May grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he is from & went to Trinity College – one of Irelands best known universities. He graduated from here in November 2012 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography & Sociology. John has always had a passion for travelling having been to most of Europe, he decided to explore Asia after Uni. He had always wanted to teach and thought whatbetter way to travel than teaching English on the way. John is currently teaching English for CDI in Daegu, South Korea a position he found through Aclipse; and loves every minute of it!