Getting into the Holiday Mood

8th Army Band Holiday Concert 2014

On December 13, I had to go to my organisation’s holiday party. I honestly didn’t want to attend, but since I am one of the committee members, I felt like I had no choice but to go. Let’s just say I was a big scrooge about this party, and my introvertedness was rearing its huge head. All I could think is “Bah, humbug!” and I was certainly not in a holiday mood.

Today, though, was a different story. I saw several weeks ago that the 8th Army Band was going to do their annual holiday concert at the Seoul Arts Centre. I’d been to one of these concert years ago, and the fact that it’s held at the Seoul Arts Centre is a huge deal. Plus, this was going to be a FREE concert, so I invited one of my friends, who invited their friend, and we all met up to attend the concert. I was told that we needed to come to the venue early to pick up tickets, and I urged my friend to get there two hours early. We got there at 1:30, and I got our tickets. We were given the front row seats in the middle section of the auditorium. That made me ecstatic. It meant I didn’t have to deal with someone tall blocking my view, I had plenty of leg space, and I had a good view of the performers on stage.

Oh, this experience was FABULOUS. The opening number was Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12-24”, and that just set a great tone for the rest of the concert. The first part was performed by 8th Army Band, and the second part was performed by Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra, with Oh Miseon as the soprano opera superstar. Guh. I cannot express just how amazing everything was. Our seats, the songs, the performers . . . asdfjkl;asdfjkl;!!!

I am now in a bubbly holiday mood! :D Holiday concerts like these will always make me happy!


  1. Yay for the holiday spirit! The concert sounded great. I’m trying to be more involved this holiday. I bought ingredients for a Christmas dinner and I’m getting my cards ready!

  2. haha oh my god. that christmas carol reference :))
    i’m not in holiday mood either. how can i, when i have assignments tailing and haunting me waiting to be done? yeah, i suppose college lies when it says happy holiday because it’s more like “happy holiday and getting busy with lots of stuff to do for january yaay!”

    oh well, happy holiday to you. now i need to hibernate for 12 hours for 2 weeks because that’s what i’m gonna use my break time for: sleeeeep #designstudentproblems

  3. That sounds like a great concert! I’m glad you enjoyed it and got such nice seats :D I always worry about someone tall blocking my view since I’m so short, haha. Hope you’re having a good holiday season!

  4. I’m so happy that you got into the holiday spirit! I love Christmas although I usually don’t have that family warmth, but the warmth from my friends and from giving is good enough for me.

    I’m glad you had a great experience with your friends! Happy Holidays! :)

  5. I feel you about not wanting to go to places at times but having to go regardless ;~;. That’s totally me if anyone wants to go out to eat after 8PM… WHY???!?!??!?!

    I’m glad to hear that you got to attend the performance and had a great experience :D!!! Hopefully it totally made up for the organization’s holiday party. It’s always fun to watch ensemble performances and how people get into the music! Hurray for being in the Holiday mood!!!

    Happy Holidays, Tara!!!

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