I’m basically doing no presents for anyone this year…with one notable excpetion. Badminton people!
On tuesday I gave everyone in my group a little gift. A birdie keychain. I bought 20 because I never know how many people are going to come, and that day we had about 17 people total. So then we took a lot of pictures afterwards.
And I couldn’t let my teacher walk away from our class empty-handed. After one of the hardest classes I’ve had in weeks, I gave him a badminton cup. He was totally surprised and we took a selfie and then we had a public love-fest on our wechat moments.
I’m truly a frustrating student, but lord knows I’m enthusiastic and I think he finds me funny. (Especially as this week we practiced jump smash and when we practiced without a birdie, I was hopping around like a bunny and I caught him laughing at me.)
And what else? Well, the best present is one that I thought I was buying for myself but actually my friend ended up paying for (as a gift). Tickets to see the professionals play! The Xiamen National Team has the highest number of Olympians and World Champs, and the day after Christmas they are playing the Qingdao National Team which has the second highest amount of world champs (including Lin Dan). It’s gonna be my first professional match and I can’t wait!
So, whatever you are doing this year, and whoever you are spending Christmas with, I hope it is a good one.
Merry Badminton Christmas!!