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Holidays around the world
Three Hillsboro High exchange students will share family traditions at Drop-In
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Hillsboro High School exchange students Tsukiki Suki Murata, left, Eike Staue, and Moa Jillefors will present a program on holiday traditions in their respective home countriesJapan, Germany and Swedenat 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 during the Hillsboro Public Librarys monthly Drop-In. - photo by Contributed/Bob Potter

“God Jul,” “Frohe Weihnachten,” “Merii kurisumasu.” It’s easy to Google “Merry Christmas” in Swedish, German, or Japanese, but we seldom get the opportunity to actually meet young people from all three of those countries and learn how their families celebrate the holidays. Just such an opportunity will present itself at the Hillsboro Library Drop-In Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Moa Jillefors, Tsukiki (“Suki”) Murata, and Eike Stau, all exchange students at Hillsboro High School, will present their family holiday traditions and answer questions about customs in their home countries at the Drop-In. Typical holiday treats from Sweden, Germany, and Japan will be served, along with seasonal music from each student’s country. All area residents are invited to come to the free program.

Moa, 18, a guest of Pete and Melanie Benish, hails from Stockholm, Sweden. She has been very active at Hillsboro High, lending her special skills as a kicker to the school’s football team this year.

Suki, 17, lives in Tokyo, Japan, the largest metropolitan area in the world. She loves music (“especially American music”) and participates in sports as well. Her host family is Homer and Deb Arndt.

Eike, 15, is from Sprockhövel, Germany, near Cologne. He is also active in sports at Hillsboro High and contributed his musical talent to the school’s recent production of “Grease.” He is staying with Dan and Shirley Green during his year in Hillsboro.

All three students look forward to sharing their holiday traditions and answering your questions about their home countries and their experiences in the U.S.

For further information, please contact library director Debra Lambert, 489-2192.