Outside my window all I see is rolling hills of green dashed with specks of gold and burgundy.

The year is coming to an end. Some days it seems like the holidays and winter break are still months away, but other days it is moving way to fast. I am not fully ready for either of my trips. I am excited to see friends again, but I always worry about my ability to communicate with the people of the world. I more so mean the people of Japan who are unfortunate enough to have to deal with me.
Still I will travel and I will fumble and fail at speaking Japanese. But like always say, I will do my upmost to do the best that I possibly I can. I always feel sorry for the people who have to deal with me, but I am also happy and thankful when they are willing to work with me to communicate.
My lessons are also slowing down. I only have my Christmas lessons left to do at two of my three schools. I don’t know if my lesson will work well at one school. I was going to try and do the same thing for each school, but I don’t think that is a good idea. I feel that I need to change my lesson and make it easier for my visit school. The main reason being is that they are at a lower level of English than my base school.
But, speaking of Christmas, this year reminds me of my family trip to Florida. There is no snow in my Part of Japan. Most days its 50 degrees outside, to me that is still warm, feels like a chilly fall day. To most they are warped up like its below 0 outside. But back to what I was saying, the Florida family trip. Since there is no snow and people/business are decorating for the holiday season, I find myself struggling with mixed feelings. More so because I know I won’t be spending the holiday with family. I am thankful that I can spend it with friends, but it won’t be the same crazy Hayes family celebration. It will be crazy, don’t get me wrong. Just not in the Hayes kind of way.
I will still have a wonderful winter break, but I have always thought that a Christmas without snow and holiday decorations makes it seem gloomy. Some days I find myself wanting to sing the Sindy Loo Hoo (spelling???) song, “Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you? Why have you gone away??” Fear not, because I am working hard on spreading the holiday cheer. Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy the snow for me!


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