Christmas abroad. How to survive when you are far away from home.

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As far back as I can remember Christmas Eve was my favourite holiday of the year. I’ve been blessed with an amazing family and our festive get-togethers was just a cherry on the top. Every year we used to organize this really wonderful, movie-alike Christmas Eve dinner (well, more of a supper. As a family we have a lot of good features, I believe, but punctuality just isn’t one of them). There always was loads of laughter, jokes, candle light, amazing food, carol singing, and a tree beautifully decorated by the undersigned. Some serious quality family time. But before all that, there was always a lot to prepare and that was no less exciting. Like making a paper chain with my brother, long enough to be put across the whole dining room, just to tease our Dad who is, well, let’s say he’s not very fond of silly decorations in his well-organized and meticulously tidied up room. Or me and my sister making an annual Christmas piggy fudding, which is basically a figgy pudding, only better. Or a Christmas tree at my Grandpa’s place, that is looking pretty much the same every year. It eventually got us thinking that they never unmake it, they just put a cover on it and hide the whole thing until the next year (my Grandma denies it). Although its constancy is rather comforting. I love it. I miss it.

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And here we come to the core. I miss Christmas. I miss my home and my family. And I miss my home and my family especially during Christmas time. (I just realized I sound a bit like the Donkey babbling about baby kittens. Never mind.) But, on the other hand, I try to think positive. I mean, I CHOSE to live abroad. Yes, I do think it”s unfair I can’t go home for holidays, but hey, that was the risk and I have to take it. It is what it is and I’m doing my best to not let the sadness kill my (festive) spirit.

These year I started early and I already got chills on the last day of November.

  1. Sing. I know, Christmas songs are everywhere and it may be annoying, especially if you have to listen the same thing all over again in every shop you have to visit. That’s right. But on the other hand, there is not to many occasions when I can sing Fairytale Of New York out loud. And I always feel better after doing so. (“When you first took my hand on a cold Christmas Eve, you promised me Broadway was waiting for me… YOU WERE HANDSOME!” Lifts me up every time). I also like to perform every song from We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year album and I think I get better every year.

  2. Think happy thoughts. Spread positivity and kindness. You never can get enough of those, and what time is better to do so than Christmas?

  3. Do more of what makes you happy. Go ice skating. Go running. Go and bake that cake you thought about. Do something really nice for yourself.

  4. Feel holiday spirit by doing something festive, like putting a fairy lights a little bit earlier. Or eating chocolate. Or watching movies wrapped in the blanket. Or doing all of above, like me today (and every time I had a day off this month).

  5. Cherish the memories. Instead of being sad because I am apart from my family, I like to remind myself the good times I had with them.

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  6. And don’t forget that after all, Christmas is about spending the time with your loved ones. But even if you can’t be with your family, it doesn’t mean that you should be alone. Spend this day with your friends, with our partner, with someone who you want to be with. Enjoy. It’s Christmas!

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