I hope y`all enjoyed your Christmas, maybe you even had a white Christmas, we didn`t. I am glad that I survived Christmas shopping at the mall. My host family and I sang German Christmas songs with karaoke: Stille Nacht, Fröhliche Weihnacht überall, Lasst Uns Froh und Munter Sein and O Tannenbaum. Especially my host father had fun singing the lyrics, he can speak a bit of German since he has studied in Germany. We also baked Vanillekipferl and listened to the best fitting song “In der Weihnachtsbäckerei”. A few days ago, we had a sleepover at the house of a school friend, and we all got up early in the morning (5 a.m.) to do our community service project at a shelter for women and children. We served self-made food for the women who go to the shelter to get their breakfast. These women have various problems in their lives. Since it was the first time in my life to be in the position of someone who serves food for people who have problems, I think this experience helped us, as well. At first, I wondered why the people were rude and didn`t seem grateful that we made tons of food ourselves and got up early to help them; but then I thought that I would not be talkative either if I had to be in their position, sitting with all these weird people together. In the pictures, you can see the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta, Georgia. We celebrated Christmas Eve (the 24th) here in Alabama and on the morning of Christmas Day, we got our presents and headed towards Georgia where the grandparents of my host sister live. In the world of Coca Cola, we tried 60 flavors of soda that the brand Coca Cola sells all over the world (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa) Surprisingly, I liked the drink from Germany (Mezzo Mix) the most. There were some really weird flavors from other countries; I wonder if the people there have a different taste. Yesterday, my host family took me to the country side to the farm of friends of theirs, and my host father and his friend played the guitar and the bass guitar to songs like “Christmas in Dixie”. Today, my host sister and I went to the horse of a friend and rode on it. I remembered it hard to get on a horse, but this is probably because I was small when I tried it the last time. I can`t describe the feeling that I had in words, I can only say that it was awesome. After this trip, my host family and I went to get the two baby cats that they got for Christmas. By the way, my room mate and I have a pet in our dorm (my first pet in my life!!!!): a fish! Love from Dixie, Corinna PS: - the girl with the blond hair on the pictures is Abbey, my host sister. - the pic where Abbey puts flour on these small green stuffed animals shows the tradition with the elves: before sleeping, you put magic snowflakes on the elves and then, in the following night, they will mess up something in the house. The children have to clean it up. - I showed my host mom how to make baked apples (Bratäpfel). Since we did not have enough red apples, she thought we could use green apples instead. You can see them on the pictures.