Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dear friends and family,

Wherever you are this holiday season, I hope that you are well.

Here, on Jeju, we have one last week before our holiday break begins.  The pressure is on.  People are excited about travelling home, or travelling elsewhere for vacation, but first there are those last couple of assessments and projects to get through.  Everyone is tired, students and teachers alike, and we all are looking forward to a bit of rest.  The number of times my students tell me that they were up until 4 or 5 in the morning finishing homework... I wonder if the work is really that hard (and I do understand that it is very demanding), or if my students merely need to refine their time management and organizational skills...

A number of the other Teacher Dons are heading home for the holidays.  They fly out Friday or Saturday, heading back to North America or Europe for some respite at home.  As much as I am envious that they will see their friends and family so soon, and as much as I want to come back and visit with all of you, I am not heading back to Canada this vacation.  I have instead decided to have my first big vacation trip this break.  This will be my first Christmas away from my family.  My first Christmas in a different country.  My first Christmas somewhere tropical.  But after all, 2015 has been my year of firsts.

So while I won't be in the GTA this holiday season, I am wishing good tidings and cheer to those I will miss.  There are more of you than I can name (my colleagues can attest to this as they've seen my postcard list which only keeps growing...  haha!).

I suppose this wouldn't be a Christmas card without a photo...
Oops, couldn't get my glove on fast enough!  Take two...
Merry Christmas!
Love and Hugs,

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