Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas



When I (Naomi) was little and people asked me what religion I was, I would tell them that I was "half-Jewish, half-Christmas."  That summed it up really well, because Christmas was the only Christian holiday that we celebrated.  Hence, this is a bit of a difficult time to be away from family and friends, as Hanukkah and Christmas are pretty much at the same time this year.   We've been lighting Hanukkah candles every night, which has been really nice.  Like my impromptu menorah?  It gets bigger every night.  Even though there are a lot of Christians in Korea, Christmas is really not at all the thing it is in the USA.  It's kind of nice not to be bombarded by cheesy Christmas music everywhere you go, but it is a little strange to really not feel like it's that time of year.  So what are we doing on Christmas eve?  We're firing a kiln!  This is a small wood kiln that has a few sculptures and probably about 20 smallish pots.  We got started a bit late today, and have been going somewhat slowly due to one thick pot, so it's probably going to be a pretty late night.

But everyone says that unloading a kiln is just like Christmas, and that's exactly what we'll be doing tomorrow!  We're excited because other than some very small tests, these will be the first finished pots that we've made so far.  Well, we really miss everyone a lot, and hope that you are having cozy and fun holidays!

5 comments:

Shane Mickey said...

merry christmas bandana peoples, hope you unload some nice presents
shane

Michael Kline said...

Hey ya'll, We miss you too. We're playing lots of Christmas music and eating lots of cheese. We love the menorah! Blessings to you all.

Ron said...

Hey, Happy Christmas and Hanukkah.

Courtney Martin said...

merry christmas and happy hanukkah! we miss you guys! we're in NY eating and merry making. have fun with the kiln, and thanks for keeping the blog- we love seeing what you are up to! lots of love to you both!!

Michael and Naomi said...

Hey thanks everyone! It's great to hear from you. Happy happy to you all!