Christmas,  lifestyle

My Christmas in England

I’ve lived in the UK for over 10 years now, and its one of many Christmas’ I’ve spent in many different countries. I want to share with you my current Christmas schedule and experience, and I’d love to know more about yours too!

Is Christmas widely celebrated in your country? Do you have any Christmas traditions? Who do you usually spend Christmas with? Please let me know either down below in the comments or on twitter/instagram!

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I spent my first proper Christmas in the UK three years ago. My family and I usually spend it in France, but we came home for Christmas as my brother was studying for his high school exams. As my family are Japanese expats living in England, we never have any extended family around, so its just been the 4 of us for as long as I can remember.

We usually have a big meal on Christmas Eve, chicken or turkey, followed by a Yule log. We then go to bed as normal, maybe after watching a Christmas film (How the Grinch stole Christmas or Home alone is a family favourite). We wake up the next morning to presents! We leave all our presents under the tree, and take turns opening them. We don’t do much on Christmas day. In England, EVERYTHING is closed on Christmas day. There are no trains, no buses, no shops, no nothing. There isn’t much to do except stay home or drive around!

In the last 3 years however, I’ve spent Christmas at my partner’s house, with his family. And Oh my! Is it different. I love the fact that he celebrates Christmas with his entire extended family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, parents, grandma, kids even a dog! Everyone gets together and drinks and plays games and eats snacks, after each family has a big Christmas feast in their own house. This year, it will be a gathering of 20 people (including the dog!)!! This is unlike any Christmas I’d ever spent in my life.

My family are quite small, and because we’ve lived apart from them our entire life, we’ve unfortunately never gotten very close. Its been SO much fun to get the entire family together on both Christmas day and Boxing day, and I’m so lucky to have this experience with him.

Thank you so so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed! Please share your Christmas stories with me either in the comments or on twitter/instagram, I’d love to find out more about other countries and cultures, and what other families get up to!

See you tomorrow!

Rina

 

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7 Comments

  • Caysey

    this is great!! I’ve always had like 25+ people at out gatherings and this year at Thanksgiving it was my cousins girlfriend’s first thanksgiving with us and we went down to their place to have and when we were all saying what we were thankful for she said she was thankful for all of us coming down and celebrating this time with them, that her family didn’t really do holidays and how blessed she truly was and it touched my heart and made me realize that not everyone did holidays like we did.

    so glad you’re able to experience a family holiday!! merry early christmas ~

    • Rina Kay

      Thank you so much for reading and sharing! That is so so lovely, and I know how she feels! Honestly, its so amazing to share a special holiday with so many people, especially family. I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving, and also have a fantastic Christmas! X

    • Rina Kay

      Yule Log is a type of Christmas cake! Its like a Swiss roll cake, but the cream on top is usually chocolate or hazlenut or coffee, and the pattern is made to resemble a log! Its one of my favourite Christmassy things 😀 Thank you so much for reading and sharing! I love hearing about other people’s Christmas <3

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