One of the best things about living abroad is the chance to experience the holidays in a different culture. Take New Year’s, for example. In America, I usually spent New Year’s Eve with my family watching the ball drop and sipping champagne, or out with friends at a crazy house party. However, I also really love spending the oshogatsu holidays with my husband’s family, eating the fancy lunch boxes and waiting several hours in line to pray at the local shrine. It’s different … but different is good.