This story is my entry for the Adventure Community's new contest, Holiday Spirit. The rules were that it had to be about a holiday tradition, and it had to be under 500 words (yikes!). I found this difficult, as I think my strength as a writer is in my descriptions, and I had to keep pruning back in order to not exceed the limit.
Anyway, here it is. The story is actually inspired by a real event, when I accompanied my Chinese girlfriend and her family on a cold and wet night up a hill near their small rural Hunan village to pay respects to her dead grandparents.