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Being Alone At Christmas
Member Name: jdy66
Being Alone At Christmas
Date: 20/12/01, updated on 20/12/01 (61 review reads)
Advantages: YOU can choose to make a Difference!!
Disadvantages: Difficulty in making a global Xmas Party, but its worth it
I was selected to participate in the 37th UNESCO International Research for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Tokyo for one year. I arrived in October this year and was excited to go and experience all the modern electronics that Tokyo can offer this Christmas. True enough, Tokyo is really filled with all sorts of lights, lasers and other electronic gadgets this Christmas, but down deep inside seems to be people who does not understand what the essence of Christmas is for. So behind the bright flashing Christmas lights are quite meaningless celebration of Christmas.
Now 14 of us were here from different countries around the world feeling the loneliness of spending Christmas here. I thought that this is no way to spend Christmas, we could either allow the easier way of just staying in our room and let Christmas pass as we expected it to be, or to kindle everybody's heart and fire some warm Christmas spirit and celebrate Christmas. I took the other option and started to write everyone a Christmas letter of what Christmas and world peace is. Soon enough, a number of positive responses came and we are now quite busy preparing for our Christmas party.
Now we have a Christmas party on Dec 25 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology International House. Everyone is now busy preparing special food and presentation from his country. Although we are having some arguments on the food preparation (some people are vegetarian, some prefer spicy foods, some prefer etc...), it is much much better than the original picture of us spending Christmas alone and lonely in our rooms.
This Christmas party will be unique because it will have 14 different nationalities, 14 different languages, 14 different food taste and 14 different traditions in Christmas sharing a common feeling of oneness this Christmas! We are all brothers and sisters in this world!
We had the option of just staying in our rooms and sleeping this Christmas eve, or the opt
ion of getting together and form a global Christmas celebration.
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