I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate the upcoming holiday with all these awesome people. Reverend Matt at Chapel By The Lake invites college age students to his home for dinner every other week and tonight was our Christmas party. I love Christmas, but it isn't the same unless you can celebrate hope and giving with others (while wearing an ugly Christmas sweater of course...). I was able to de-stress before finals with some carols and sugar. We also shared our hopes for this Christmas. My hope for this Christmas is that I make a difference and make new friends. This will be my first Christmas away from my family. Although I will miss them dearly, I am excited to be volunteering in another country and hopefully I will make new friends for the holiday!