Christmas is a funny old-time of year. We spend far too much money on presents, eat way too much food and battle through a day with the family all under the one roof (which could be good or bad depending on how you look at it). This year I’ll be spending Christmas at home in the sunshine after the last three were enjoyed on the other side of the world in search of the elusive white Christmas that I’ve still failed to experience.
It’s somewhat of a weird experience to now find myself heading into summer and not the cold of winter at this time of year. Although it’s far more of an out of the box feeling for my girlfriend who’s never experienced a hot Christmas in her life. All of which has me thinking about how the rest of the world celebrates the big day and what different experiences you may have encountered if you’ve found yourself abroad at this time of the year.
For me the biggest experience (other than it being freezing cold and having snow) was being able to attend some of the Christmas markets in Europe. Browsing the stalls and sipping on mulled wine while freezing my ass off and trying not to slip over on the snow/ice gave me that “Christmas like the movies” feeling. It’s something that doesn’t exist in Australia (as far as I know) and really adds to the excitement, especially looking at the smiles on the kids faces.
But enough of me, I’d really love to know what you’ve loved or hated about celebrating the festive season abroad. Did you miss your family, discover an interesting tradition or enjoy it more than you ever did at home?