YES exchange student from Pakistan with his little host brother next to a Christmas tree in the snow
Ashfaq helps his host brother choose a Christmas tree

Busy Days

Celebrations don’t seem to be huge, but looking at the passion and the way Americans celebrate and make everything meaningful is extremely fascinating. This has completely changed my paradigms about American culture, which also involves brotherhood and hospitality. I have learned from Thanksgiving that love is everywhere in this world, and people are very nice if respect is given to their customs, traditions, and ideas.

We got our Christmas tree! My mom and younger host brother and I went to a nearby garden and cut down a tree in snow, brought it back home, and decorated it with flowers and Christmas ornaments. It looks gorgeous now, and I simply love the wonderful experiences of my life.

—Ashfaq (YES, Pakistan), hosted by the Binford family (WI)