Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Eve

Dylan let us know about a festival at Tunghai University on Christmas Eve. It was a little like a night market with a lot of mini outdoor concerts. The kids enjoyed all the action.

When we got to the Luce chapel these people were walking up the sidewalk like robots and drawing quite the crowd. They never said a word. At the end of our night on our way back through the University we were surprised to see them performing. We watched them for a few minutes but it was pretty late.

The Luce Memorial Chapel is a Christian Chapel on campus. It was designed by the architect and artist Chen Chi-Kwan in collaboration with the firm of noted architect I.M. PEI and named in honor of Rev. Henry Luce, an American missionary in China in the late 19th century and father of publisher Henry Luce.
Construction took place from September 1962 until November 1963. Construction costs were USD $125,000.

A view inside the church. The choir was preparing for the evening service.

The band we saw walking near the Luce Chapel

We watched the musicians for a few minutes before heading home. Santa Clause is coming to our apartment tonight...

We were told that Santa Clause was coming to our apartment Christmas Eve but we were so surprised to a white Santa. Evie ran right up to him and jumped on his lap. She had lots of questions about Rudolf after watching some video clips on YouTube this afternoon.

Ethan however was scared and couldn't wait to get off Santa's lap

Protect me daddy...
Santa is Rick from Ohio. He lives in our building with his two children and wife who is in China going through medical school. He has lived in Taiwan 12 years and said has no desire to move back to the US.

The kids had a fun time playing balloon games. I'm not sure who the lady is in the pink pants but she was so sweet to Evie. As soon as we arrived she brought the kids candy and took Evie and got her involved in the balloon game. She didn't speak English and I haven't seen her around the apartment but she was so sweet to Evie.

This is the first year Evie really gets the idea of Santa Clause so it has been especially fun for Joel and I. I wish we could do Santa every night. It was time for bed after the apartment party and Evie ran to her bed and didn't make a peep. Joel and I were trying to be quiet as we put the gifts out but I was joking around pretending to have the bag on my back like Santa and the handle broke and crashed on the floor. Luckily the kids didn't wake up.

Sometimes being a parent is sooo fun...

VIDEO: Music at the University