At first, it was really hard for me... haha, I love sentimental things! Nothing beats a good atmosphere, especially a happy one on a holiday. Coming to Korea and all of the sudden losing all of my holidays for 2 years was one of the hardest things to give up.... One by one, all of the holidays came and went, without much fanfare, and I just got used to looking at the calendar, realizing the date, and saying something like, "Oh look, it's Christmas Eve, hmm, weird." And that was it.
But then, I have a wonderful thing back at home called a family.
Thanks to them, each and every holiday is accompanied with a package that brings the holiday straight to Korea from good old Utah. So, today was St Patrick's Day, and I of course made a green breakfast with the pancake mix and green food dye my family sent, all decorated with gold chocolate coins. My companion, who is a Korean, saw the food and was first freaked out, then just confused. He had never heard of St Patrick's Day and he had never seen food dye before. I told him, "Don't worry, it's natural" as I held up the green food dye (because he doesn't eat anything with chemicals, haha, and he believed me) and then I pinched him after I noticed he wasn't wearing any green. "You're not wearing any green!," I said, "so I get to pinch you!" He was just beyond confused, haha. I explained the holiday to him, or at least tried, but he didn't seem to understand. Like I said, it's just not in their culture to celebrate things like this, so even after I explained everything, he was still just confused and asked me something like, "....so, what's your point?"
Insert deep long sigh right about here.
Anyway, we had a nice breakfast, and I at least felt the holiday spirit as I drank my milk the leprechauns had turned green. Happy St Patrick's Day, everybody!