大家好！Last week I mentioned on Facebook that Kaifeng saw it’s first real snowfall of the year, and that I had the chance to go out and take a bunch of photos of the snow covering campus. I only uploaded my favorites here (along with one of me trying my hand at printing a kind of Chinese lithograph).
Christmas is quickly approaching, although it doesn’t feel like it much in Kaifeng. Some stores have Christmas trees displayed inside or put up some decorations, but the overall holiday atmosphere is severely lacking. I have yet to hear a single Christmas Carol or see any Christmas Lights put up, which are two of my favorite things about Christmas. All of the foreign students have been asked (by this I really mean coerced) into performing something for a holiday program the school is apparently having on Christmas Day. Despite my not wanting to have to perform anything, all of the foreigners are essentially being forced into it so at least we’ll all be able to laugh at each other. Our finals are just around the corner now, my first exam landing on the 7th of January. It seems extremely late by America’s standards because Chinese New Years is the biggest holiday of the year, and that is the holiday the Chinese school system works its semesters around. My second semester doesn’t begin until the end of February so I suppose I can deal with having class through my usual Christmas break. Happy holidays everyone, enjoy the holiday atmosphere, and let’s hope we make it through the impending Doomsday.