Oh man – how depressing! I woke up this morning, at 6am, only to find that our apartment was almost completely black. I thought that I had perhaps set my alarm for the wrong time because normally there is some light by then. As I walked to the kitchen and glanced out the window, I was shocked to see that the ground was almost completely “gone” and only some of the neighbouring high-rise apartment buildings were visible — as you can see above. Being Christmas Eve, all I wanted to do was call in and say that we would not be in for work today. Begrudgingly I slowly started to make some tea and get dressed for work. I wish that it was snow covering our city, and not smog!
Our school is open all week, but they have given us tomorrow off – the foreign staff, that is. The rest of the teachers have to work, and all the students will be attending class as usual. Tomorrow life will go on as it normally does here in China, and even though many Chinese people have put up Christmas decorations – tomorrow doesn’t really mean much to them. Justin and I are crazy about Christmas – it is definitely our favourite time of the year. Ironically, even though we grew up on different sides of the world, with different traditions for this special day, we both love it so much! This year may be a little different, but we will try not to think about what is going on outside, and instead concentrate on the real importance of the day. The real reason for the season.
All I want for Christmas is some clean air, and blue skies.