|ALTHOUGH IT is the season of bitter cold, we flutter
and look forward to December because of this day. What is the day?
Of course, it is Christmas. On Christmas day, however, many people worry
and wonder what they have to do. To give them helpful advice, The
Yonsei Annals asked Yonseians how they spend their Christmas
Han Man-hwi (Fresh., Area of Social Studies)
I can feel the Christmas atmosphere the most in croweded
streets. Places such as Myoung-dong, Daehak-ro, and City Hall Plaza are the main
spots which I recommend. Last year, I went to Daehak-ro with my girl friend. We
strode along the street dressed in Rudolph costumes including bright red noses
and antlers. This event has left a strong impression in my Christmas memories.
This year, I plan to enjoy Christmas in Myoung-dong or the City Hall
Kang Woo-jin (Sr., Col. of Bus. & Econ.)
In my case, I usually go out to take pictures of beautiful
Christmas trees. I think only photos that I took under the trees can remind me
of good memories even after the Christmas season. So, from a few years ago, I
began to visit places renown for its beautiful trees and have taken pictures
with my friends. There are so many places with very beautiful trees in Seoul.
Each department store displays their own glorious trees. Myoung-dong Catholic
Church, college campuses and amusement parks also feature huge Christmas trees.
Though it is difficult to visit all the places in a day, going to take pictures
at two or three of the places can give you the best memories.
Choi Jong-hyeok (Fresh., Area of Liberal Arts)
In the winter, many people wish for snow. In particular, snow
at Christmas doubles our pleasure. As almost all people do, I also want a white
Christmas. However, as you know, it rarely snows at Christmas. So, I recommend
going to a ski resort and spending time in the snow. At a ski resort, you can
enjoy exciting events such as tree decoration contests and create a joyful
atmosphere in the cabin with your favorite Christmas music.
Baek hyung-min (Soph., Dept. of Econ.)
Among all, the best way to spend an exciting Christmas is having a
Christmas party with some friends. Korea has no party culture for this season
like the other countries, so people may feel awkward hosting a party. However,
if we prepare just a little bit, we can also have a nice party. First of all,
get together with six or seven friends at anybody's home, and each of them
prepare some delicious food. For example, one can bring chicken, another can
bring barbecue meat and others can bring different dishes according to the
number of attendees. In this way, when everyone gets together, you can have a
rich buffet. Then enjoy yourselves by playing board games and decorating small
trees. If you have enough food, visiting old people and sharing the food with
them would also be an effective way to spend your Christmas.
Hong Sun-young (Fresh., Area of Social Studies)
Everyone thinks that they have to go shopping or watch movies
on Christmas day. However, in my opinion, traveling to a place near-by would be
a nice alternative. Last year, I went to Jungdongjin and saw the sun rise on
Christmas morning. I was able to feel a unique Christmas atmosphere, different
from that in the city. The calm atmosphere made me feel as if it was a Christmas
of my own. These days, travel sites such as Jungdongjin, Nam-i Island, and the
east coast offer Christmas events for its travelers. It will be a more memorable
trip than any other because of the unusual experiences.