I still haven't accepted the fact that Christmas is tomorrow. Christmas in Germany is celebrated on our Christmas Eve, which they call Heiligabend- literally: Holy Evening.

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Maybe it's because I'd start feeling homesick. ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas are sorely missed here, and I feel like watching those movies with my family back home really makes the Christmas season. I found "It's a Wonderful Life" at a store here for about 5€ (the German title is Ist das Leben nicht schön?- Is the life not pretty?). It's dubbed in German, and I am planning on watching it tomorrow with my host family. I'm a little wary, though, as I know it's going to make me terribly homesick, and I'm going to cry. I mean, I just finished watching "Elf" (in German, of course!), and I was so close to tears. Which is weird, because I normally hate that movie.

This week was nothing special- I feel like at HMHS we would have done nothing and just watched Christmas movies, but here we had normal school. I finally finished Christmas shopping, went to my last German language course, saw the school Christmas concert, visited a Christmas Market with my homeroom, and celebrated a neighbor's birthday (which conveniently coincided with the end of the world). I watched "Pitch Perfect" yesterday with two of my exchange friends- one, who comes from Australia, has to leave on January 12th because she's been here for a year already. It was really sad because the next time I will see her is when I go with her to the airport (I am going away for Christmas break). "Pitch Perfect" kept us from crying though, such a funny movie!

This morning (actually, more this afternoon), I got out of bed at 1 PM. I'm feeling a bit under the weather, and I'm not sure if it's actually because I'm sick, I'm exhausted, or just sad to spend Christmas away from home. Thanksgiving was much easier. I have a feeling tomorrow is going to involve a lot of tears, which is going to be really awkward. I love it here, I love my host family, I love my friends, I love my school, but I'm also a seventeen year old girl who hasn't seen her mother in six months.

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