As I head into my second Christmas in a row home in Australia I’ve been reflecting on how I’ve spent the last few abroad. First it was with friends I’d made in my first year of living in London, the following years with my then girlfriend and now wife and her family in Belgium chasing that elusive white Christmas.
In that time I’ve been able to experience different traditions associated with that time of the year. Like with my wife’s family who celebrate on Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day as I did all my years growing up. I’ve also sampled mulled wine and all the goodies that come with the festivities of the Christmas markets right around Europe. And of course failed on all occasion to wake to the sight of snow falling outside my window on a chilly Christmas Day.
As I’ve gotten older I’d lost the joy of Christmas that was present when I was younger or when kids were around. Kids have this infectious effect on you as their excitement overflows into everyone around them come this time of year. Having celebrated Christmas in new ways abroad I’ve now found that exuberance again.
The fun of strolling markets with snow at my feet, a hot chocolate in hand and a chill in the air is as iconic as you can get (at least according the all the movies I’d watched growing up).
So to satisfy my love for the different ways people celebrate and to brighten everyone’s Christmas’s around the world I’d love to hear about how you plan to celebrate this year.
Are you living abroad for the first time hoping for snow, do you have a tradition that’s not the norm or would you just like to spread the Christmas cheer with a story? If so leave your reply below and help bring a smile and a warm fuzzy glow to others.