Christmas in Utah

I had the distinct pleasure of spending this past Christmas with my friend Lindzee and her family at their home in Cache Valley, Utah. It was my first visit to Utah and I hope to return one day soon. The dramatic landscapes, sun, snow, and friendly people made it a great place to spend my holiday.

Lindzee and I met at summer camp in Pennsylvania this summer. We were both working in the camp office as secretaries and became fast friends. One day the topic of Christmas came up, and how much I love it. I mentioned how my family doesn’t really celebrate much anymore and so Lindzee invited me to come to Utah and celebrate with her family. I decided to save my earnings from camp so that I could make the trip come December.

Getting away for Christmas made all the difference this year. I didn’t feel sad about the way my family approaches Christmas because I was out there making my own. Making new memories and learning about the culture and traditions of Lindzee’s families.

Coming off of a terribly stressful semester, the trip was exactly what I needed to reset and revisit what I am all about: experiential learning vs classroom learning. Many Canadians think that the US is very similar to Canada, without examining the culture differences on a large scale, or the regional differences we have in both countries. Personally, I am more interested in the differences (however minute they may be) rather than the similarities. This attitude makes every trip interesting, whether it’s to a small ontario town, or abroad.

This trip was particularily special because I did not feel so much as a tourist but as a welcome and valued guest of the Hahne household. From my first moments there Lindzee’s family welcomed me with literally open arms and made me feel completely at home – no small feat for an athiest sporting peircings, tattoos, and purple hair, entering a devoutly religious Latter Day Saints household. This trip provided necessary respite for a tired soul, more so then I had ever expected.

I’ll post an overview of our trip with photos as a follow up soon.

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