A Merry Christmas Eve

It’s already Christmas Eve here in Seoul, which is hard to believe. While we’re far away from home and from our families, it’s felt more like Christmas here abroad than it has for years in California. The cold weather (ok, freezing cold!), the snowfalls, all the decorations, live Christmas music on the streets, and the holiday cheer that just emanates from the people. And, as I told Will, the fact that here you can still say “Christmas” without it being an issue.

Today I went to see the nativity scene at the Myeong-dong Cathedral. It was simple, but lovely. I stepped inside the cathedral, and it was very peaceful to sit there for a few minutes while others sat and prayed, or just looked around at the beauty of the place.

I also came across the crowd at the Korean Red Cross’s 2014 Serious Request fundraiser. I wish I knew the performer’s name, but she played (what I think was) the kayagum nicely and her voice was delicate but so¬†beautiful. I’m sharing some videos below.

Will and I are heading to a Christmas Eve service in a bit, but I just wanted to wish everyone reading this a very Merry Christmas, however you’re celebrating. I personally am feeling extremely thankful this year, for all the ways God has blessed us and for the fact that I can trust that he’ll continue to provide for us.

2 thoughts on “A Merry Christmas Eve”

  1. Merry Christmas to you ! – I have been updating the Wikipedia page about “Serious Request”, and your posting has sofar been the only english-language mention of the 2014 Korean edition of the event, that I could find. Could you possibly add the duration and the dates (from – until) when it ran ? So that the wikipedia article can refer to that ?


    1. Hello! Merry Christmas to you too! Awesome, thank you for the offer but unfortunately I have no idea when it started/ended. The clock was at around 71 hours when I was there on Dec. 24, but, other than that, I can’t read hangul so I can’t tell if the Lego structure/DJ box said the dates on it. Sorry I can’t be of much help! I tried searching the dates online but I couldn’t find anything either.


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