Christmas in Banciao


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Just like every year, the holiday season brings us joy, peace, a lot
of year-end reflecting, a whole lot of fun, Christmas festivities and a
few extra inches around the waist.

John and I have been planning a Christmas dinner for ten of our
close friends in Taiwan. Last year, we worked on Christmas Day and we
never got around to having a real Christmas dinner. This year, we were
bound and determined to celebrate Christmas for real, that is, the good
old-fashioned way.

Each year in Asia has meant we’ve become a little more distanced
from our regular holiday traditions. Last year, we bought a Christmas
and decorated the apartment, but it didn’t really feel like Christmas.
We started planning early last month to make Christmas extra special
for the year 2007.

Last year, our Christmas soiree kicked off at 6pm with an
multi-cultural mix of Taiwanese, Australian, Canadian, American and
British friends. I didn’t have time to take any pictures because we
were too busy serving, but my best buddy, Joanna Rees has posted her photos of the party from last night.

John and I served a turkey and a ham. John cooked his famous cheesy
potatoes and green bean casserole. I whipped up some deviled eggs, a
cheese and cracker platter, some home-made veggie dip with veggies, of
course. We served stuffing with lots of gravy and fresh prawn
cocktails. We loaded everyone up with chocolate covered almonds, wine
and champagne soda.

Our guests also chipped in. Hywel and Claira baked a scrumptious apple pie and a delicious banana custard pie. David
and Catherine were kind enough to provide some yummy dinner rolls.
Joanna and Ranjit provided some lovely chocolate cakes, wine and
chocolate. Scott brought beer and wine to ensure a night of festivities.

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We talked and talked until the wee hours of the morning. Everyone
went home with full bellies. John and I will be polishing off leftovers
for the next week and we are riding high on our first official
Christmas dinner together in years. We’d like to extend our heartfelt
thanks and some Christmas cheer to our ‘family’ here in Taiwan. Thanks
so much for coming. It meant the world to us. Merry Christmas!

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

1 thought on “Christmas in Banciao

    jorees

    (December 24, 2007 - 9:51 am)

    Hi Carrie,

    Thank you for inviting us to attend your fabulous party. Your place looks amazing and was definitely a high class event. I don’t know how you managed to pull everything together with such great flair. Your place looks amazing with all your new furniture and I loved seeing your giant festive Christmas tree.

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