So where to start?!?! It's been a great/busy week!!!!
For Christmas we got to go to Hakodate. We took a train on Christmas Eve morning and had a little get together/party with the Hakodate missionaries. There was a total of 5 Shimaitachi (sisters) and 8 Chorotachi (Elders). It was so much fun and I loved getting to see some of the other Shimai! We had a White Elephant gift exchange in the afternoon and then we hung out at the church and played games all afternoon. We played Mafia and a couple other games. Then we went to go and visit Coyne Shimai. Back in October, her appedix burst and so she finally had the surgery on the 22nd. So we went to go visit her in the hospital. Then we went to see an illumination show - which is apparently really famous in Hakodate. But we were late so we missed all the big fireworks. :( But there was a huge Christmas tree - definitely over 100 feet tall!! And you can't find these kinds of trees here in Japan, so we found out that they shipped the tree from Canada!! Haha. :)
That was basically the end of the night. We woke up Christmas morning hoping for a white Christmas, but we were dissapointed. You would think that we would have snow, I mean, it is winter and this is Hokkaido..... but I guess since I'm on the southern side of the island, there was no snow on Christmas. We had a big meeting with all the missionaries and then came back on Christmas.
Today (New Year's Day) was really fun! We went with a ward member's family to see the gysers/hot springs in Naboribetsu. They are really famous here. I'll have to tell you more about it next week and I'll send some more pictures!!
Oh my goodness it is sooooooooooooo cold here!!! But I know that I'm lucky because I'm on the southern side of Hokkaido so it's a lot colder in other places!! But I think it's the wind that makes it feel a lot colder than it actually is.......