Well, I found a home decorating store in a south asian country that pretty much describes how I feel at the moment:
It's hard seeing so many Christmas decorations and not seeing my family. When I see all of the decorations, I honestly can almost hear my mom calling to me from the other room to make a batch of cookies. I turn and almost see my brother helping pick up the tree that has fallen down again. I turn again and think I see my sister getting excited to see a few flakes of snow. Then there's my dad just observing his family take in the celebration.
And yet, they aren't here, and I'm not there. It's hard being away from home. It seems I miss my family more now than ever before!
BUT, I'm so thankful to be able to press on for 2 more weeks, and then get to celebrate Christmas together with my family at home.