In Korea they don't celebrate Christmas. Chuseok is the biggest holiday. But a little of the western culture has been adapted to Christmas.
On Christmas eve you could give something to your parents, but mostly this is a time to be with your love. Therefore all longing singels go around beeing sad and hating this season.
Coffe shops and stores Christmas decorate. But often they don't pick it down and you can still find Christmas wreaths and decors in July. One pub even renamed themselfe so they woulden't have to pick it down "The Cristmas Pub".
I don't know if this is out of lazyness but as a organized Sweede it bugs me. tradition is tradition, after New Years the stuff should be gone.
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. Even though we worked to 24th of December I will still have the eavning for celebrating and eat good food. Luckey me IKEA just opend so I bought some things. Swedish meatballs!! among others. The liqure I brought from Sweden, candy, buns, and a speciell sauce to have to salomon.
My brother who was currently in Peru got jelouse and missed home, but we sang and ate through skype most of the eavning.
I have been celebrating Christmas alone before. Then it was in Australia 2006, I was traveling by the time since the flights were the cheapest.
All Swedish around Seoul flew home over Christmas since they have smal children. The Swedish ambassady have no activites and there are no Swedish church here. Younger Sweedes such as myselfe is hard to find in Seoul even though you lay out hooks. But it's fine by me. You do the best with what you have. Next day I was flying out to Phillipines anyway.
This year I found out were to buy Christmas decorations.
On Express Bus Terminal they have a few floors working as markets. One of these floors have only plants, but they exchange it for Christmas decorations during the season so the day before Advent I wen't there.
It was a hundred times worse then any Christmas market with bling bling, decorations, kitch, finish decorated Christmas trees, dancing giant raindeers and blinking lights. I got overwhelmed and tired quite fast but I walked around looking on everything.
Since my Swedish friends are moving home now for good I will take over their Christmas tree so I was there looking for those decorations. I gatherd a gold and red scheme. I think traditionell is the best, turquoise dosen't give you that warm and cozy feeling. Hope you all had a wonderfull Christmas!