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Oxmas!

Term is over, December is finally here, and tomorrow (Saturday) everyone is going to begin returning to their homes.  So what better way to celebrate not only the end of another grueling term and the coming Christmas season than by celebrating Oxmas—or Oxford Christmas.  A couple of friends and I took to the streets, where we marveled at the rides, the stalls set up for a street side market, listened to the sounds of bands playing, fought our way through the crowds waiting for the parade to start and the Christmas lights to be lit, and headed to a nice restaurant to treat ourselves to a nice meal as our celebration of our final night in Oxford together.  Of course, two of us were returning in January to continue our year abroad, but the others were not.  So, after our delicious meal, we headed out to peruse the stalls, and ventured into a pub to sample their mulled cider, but unfortunately were forced to try the mulled wine instead since they were out of cider.  We then walked up the oldest tower in Oxford to enjoy the view of the Christmas festivities from the top.  We laughed, we hugged, and we celebrated not only the past eight weeks in Oxford, but also the friendships that had begun and would continue long past the time we would no longer be in the same city.  I am blessed to have met several amazing people, some fellow Butler students, others on different programs, and still others who are full-time Oxford students.  I will miss the ones who will not return in the spring, and I look forward to seeing the others upon my return, but each and every one of them has a special place in my heart.  We survived our first term at Oxford together, and that is a very strong bond.  So, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Oxmas, a wonderful New Year, and I will see you all in January for Hilary term!

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