Decorating the Christmas tree. Stringing the light. Adding the tinsel and top star. Hanging the stockings. Baking Christmas cookies. Making a gingerbread house. Eating candy canes. Drinking egg nog and hot chocolate. Singing Christmas carols. Listening to Christmas songs. Watching Christmas movies. Spending time with family and friends. Giving presents.
I won’t be able to do most of those things this year. I’ve decorated a Christmas tree, drank some hot chocolate, listened to Christmas songs, watched Christmas movies, and bought some presents. But it doesn’t feel like Christmas because I’m about 10,000 miles away from my family and friends.
I’m spending my first Christmas abroad. I won’t be baking Christmas cookies with my friends, hoping for snow Christmas Eve, or waking up early to open presents on Christmas morning with my family. This is one of the many sacrifices you make when you’re living abroad: spending holidays away from your family and friends.
In an effort to make Christmas feel a little more Christmas-y, I’ve decided to write a picture entry with some of the things I’ve been doing to make Christmas abroad a little less difficult. So, here goes:
We started celebrating Christmas by dressing up as Santa Claus and a reindeer to give presents to young children.
And then we attended a Christmas concert with a lot of singing, dancing, and random performances.
Now, you may be wondering how I’ll spend Christmas day in China. In an effort to feel a little less upset about spending Christmas abroad, I’ll be heading to Hainan (“China’s Hawaii”) to lay on the beach and bask in the warm weather for five days. I’d still rather be home with family and friends.
What do you think?
Have you ever spent Christmas abroad? How did you celebrate? How did you deal with being away from your family and friends?