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!
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!
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