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.

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And a few treats from home on the bottom. Thanks Mom and Dad.

4 Responses to “2010 Christmas Tree.”

  1. Looks fantastic Dave – Old Man

  2. Mum says she was delighted to see the contents of the small parcel we sent you under the tree!!
    Mummy-wah

  3. Dad: Yes, they give a nice little filling under the tree. I’m not sure how they assist my diet though. ;)

  4. LOL!! Thank your stars the fillings were not larger as they were restricted by the size of the parcel!