2010 Christmas Tree.
Every year, for the past 5 Christmas’, I’ve insisted on having a tree. Whilst in Korea, I didn’t know many other foreigners who had a tree, but I figured if I was going to have Christmas abroad, in a country where Christmas really isn’t celebrated, I’d at the very least, make my home feel a little of the Christmas joy I’d be missing at home.
I have to admit to being a little devastated leaving my Christmas tree in Korea when we left. After four Christmas’ I had grown quite fond of it. It had seen numerous parties, additional decorations each year, and so many people standing around it and admiring it. For a while, it was a little piece of Christmas for many foreigners living in either Andong or Daegu. It also served as a fine tree for when my parents visited Em and I a couple of years back during Christmas (that was 2 years ago?!).
It was only expected that when I came to Beijing that I would get a new tree. For a little while I was worried that you couldn’t buy a Christmas tree here, but sure enough, Walmart, and then some other places, started selling them. instead of paying over 1000 yuan ($150) for a tree, Em and I bought one online. It ended up costing us 80 yuan ($12) and is 2.1 metres tall. It wasn’t exactly what I had planned for, it was rather sparse of leaves and branches, although resembling a real pine tree rather than a fake one.
After putting on our decorations (which we brought over from Korea) and a few additional ones, the tree has ended up looking pretty darn good.
Well… you let me know what you think. I’m pretty proud of it.