Solo Christmas

Today, like every day, I asked my students, “How are you today?”

Although yesterday was Christmas, no one said a word about that. They gave their usual answers: “Happy,” “Hungry,” “Tired and happy,” “Very, very, very, very happy,” and “Angry.” Except one boy. One rambunctious eleven-year-old who occasionally has streaks of uncontrollable laughter that turn his face red.

He answered, “Solo Christmas…” with a jerk of his head that suggested dissatisfaction.

“Solo, Christmas..?” I repeated.

Then it hit me what he meant. In Korea, Christmas is generally celebrated as a date night. It’s not really about family time; it’s a holiday for couples. He was referring to his single status.

As an unmarried female who is turning thirty in a month, I found that answer unreasonably hilarious.

“Thanks, Shane,” I said amidst my loud burst of laughter. “I think that’s the first time I’ve laughed all day.”

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Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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