Thanks to everyone who posted comments, its nice to hear from home!
Christmas here is not celebrated, however it is recognized by draping sheets of xmas lights over buildings, and having really creepy santas with full plastic face masks walking about. Scary, actually! Since there is no snow I keep thinking it is July, so it is very weird. I hope you are all having a great holiday and I am thinking of you all and missing the holiday cheer!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!