For the first year, B’s school had a Christmas party for the international department teachers (and their families). It was really nice. We all got dressed up, everyone complimented the kids on how nice they looked and how well behaved they were. The kids stuck around for the appetizers, dinner and some of the Christmas caroling before they declared boredom and requested we let them go home. And since we were traveling over Christmas, this Friday night (Dec. 19) was our Christmas Eve (we’d done all our Christmas Eve stuff before the party) so they wanted to go home, leave Oreos out for Santa, put Squirt in bed and watch movies.