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Christmas Day!

After sleeping in to sleep off our fatigue from the Midnight Mass, we awoke to a breakfast of Poha, Goan bread, and three kinds of marmalade:  Guava, Mixed Fruit, and Orange, from our hotel. Post-breakfast, we facetimed Shweta, our Program House Manager, and then exchanged gifts. Sydney and I performed a small Holiday Concert featuring the following songs:


  1. “Al Shlosha D’varim” -Dani’s Duet Pick
  2. “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar -Dani’s Solo
  3. “Peace, Peace/Silent Night” -Sydney’s Duet Pick
  4. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” -Sydney’s Solo
  5. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” -Duet


Songs 1 and 3 are songs that we’d perform with our hometown choirs every holiday season. Songs 2 and 4 have personal meaning to us, and Song 5 tied our concert and our Christmas traditions together.


Afterwards, we went to the beach and had dinner at a Vietnamese Restaurant. We ended our night by calling into Christmas celebrations at our respective homes. We hope that everyone reading is having a Merry Holiday Season!