Christmas has been my one of my favourite holidays for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid it was marked by a seemingly neverending countdown to presents and candy, and as an adult it has represented family togetherness along with days off work, presents and candy. Last year, we attempted to spend Christmas with both my family and my fiancé’s family and the result was spending most of Christmas in the airport. Great to see everyone, but not ideal. This year we decided to stay in England, and to try to convince family to come to us. My family isn’t coming for Christmas, but Lucas’s relatives are showing up on Boxing Day.
I am sad to miss my family Christmas Eve tradition of eating scallops wrapped in bacon and watching a Christmas movie, and reminisce about the Christmas Eve’s spent in St. Augustine, with lazy Christmas mornings wandering down the beach. It will be different though this year as we spend our first Christmas in England and try out some new traditions.
This year, we’re attempting to cook our first turkey ever (pre-ordered and pre stuffed from Booths) and will be making mince pies alongside sugar cookies with expat friends. We’ll eat leftover turkey on Boxing Day and maybe find out what a Christingle is. I’ve enjoyed my first work Christmas do, and one for my running club, where I first are Christmas pudding. I’ve even purchased a Christmas jumper! Overall, it’s been a great lead up to Christmas even if it’s a bit different!
Happy holidays to everyone who reads this, I hope you enjoy the season!
Have your holiday traditions changed while living abroad? Anything I shouldn’t miss on my first British Christmas?