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Merrrry Christmassss (ok a little late but totally counts)

on January 15, 2014

So Im a little late but whatever. So I had the fun of spending Christmas in London this year. It was fun, not the same as spending it in Israel but still fun. There where a lot of decorations all around since I moved here, mostly it was just fun to see.

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One of the cool things in the UK is that they have these Christmas crackers. They are these little things that two people hold and then they tug. Kind of like a turkey wishbone. The person who gets the larger part gets the prize inside. The prizes can range from some small token to really expensive ones. Either way, its really fun.

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I was hoping to go to Christmas Eve mass at Westminster Abbey since we are so close to each other but alas you need to get tickets for that and I didn’t act fast enough:( However, I spent Christmas volunteering. I had assumed that they would be short volunteers since it was such a big holidays but they had plenty. I decided to spend my time at Crisis at Christmas. Its a pretty cool organization, what they do is they take over buildings that are empty over the Christmas to New Year period (schools, abandoned buildings, etc.) and they set up a shelter. People that normally live on the street can come and spend the holiday period in a warm shelter. As a part of the shelter they offer some services such as hair cuts, showers, doctors visits, and resources to get off the streets. It was really cool. I spent 8 hours there on the 25th and the 26th and it was pretty awesome just to see it all come together. Will deff do this again next year.

The day after Christmas here is called Boxing day. The only thing that I could compare it too is Black Friday. There are sales EVERYWHERE. I headed over to Oxford Street, the main shopping street before heading over the shelter just to see what it was like. And you know what it was like? Insanity! People where waiting in line just to get into the stores. Once you made it inside it was crazy stuff was just thrown everywhere and people where grabbing. But in true British fashion there was a nice long que of people waiting to pay.

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