Since it’s almost Christmas and everyone seems to be talking about it I thought I’ll make a little Christmas post myself and share my views/last Christmas celebrations with you..
We’ll jump all the way back….
As a child I used to love Christmas. I mean who wouldn’t. It was all about the snow and play and presents, mainly presents. We used to celebrate it with my cousins in Estonia and I remember how it used to kill me when on Christmas Eve we (children) were made to wait until adults had finished their dinner to open presents.. Christmas is also celebrated on the Christmas Eve. Sometimes you’d be allowed to open one present in the morning and then rest in the evening. It was pure torture.
As I grew older in my teens I never really got into that Christmas spirit anymore. Having been brought up in Finland and even when celebrating Christmas in Estonia it was almost always snowy and very Christmassy.. a perfect Christmas weather one could say. For some reason though during my teens Christmas made me a little sad almost and I didn’t really enjoy it as much. I remember there was one Christmas in 2008 when my mother decided to celebrate Christmas in Estonia but me and my sister stayed in Finland. Neither of us really cared for Christmas food at the time so we didnt have any Christmassy things apart from mulled wine. We had copious amounts of that and hardly any food and I remember thinking it was the best Christmas ever. Looking back on it now it sounds so sad. But I was 18 at the time so what can I say.
2009 I travelled to Australia and I spent the Christmas in Sydney with my host family. I was beyond excited to celebrate an Aussie Christmas during their summer time as I knew it would be sunny and warm and normally involve bbq on the beach or something similar. With my bad luck though the weather was afwul on Christmas Day (Christmas is celebrated on the 25th). The family said that the weather had been perfect for the past 10 years on but that year it was rainy and cold. It was going to be my only Christmas spent in Australia so I was beyond upset not being able to swim etc..
However, things turned out differently and although I hadn’t planned it I ended up extending my visa and stayed in Australia for another year. I mean who would want to leave? This meant that I also got to have another Christmas in Australia. This time I was in Perth and celebrating it with my boyfriend’s family. His family said that Perth had never had a bad Christmas weather but I was suspicious since the previous year Sydney was meant to be great too. However, I should’ve known that Perth would never let me down; +40 degrees with clear skies.. I LOVED it. Christmas day we went to the beach, had a swim and then amazing big lunch with all his family. I was very lucky to have a “local” boyfriend with such a lovely family at the time that they let me celebrate Christmas with them. Being on the other side of the world on your own could’ve been sad but it was amazing. My other backpacker friends who didn’t have a family there celebrated Christmas on the beach and I went to join them afterwards too. It was quite surreal having that weather when normally it’s so cold and snowy but I truly enjoyed. I’m not made for winter 😀
Anyhow the following year I had returned from Australia and I was sooo excited for Christmas. I think it’s because I had the two Christmases away I was so happy to finally celebrate it with my family. That Christmas was black without snow but I didn’t even care.
I had finally started to realise that Christmas is just a lovely time to spend with your family. I grew out of the presents stage after childhood and wasn’t appreciative of the food/family time yet in my teens but in my twenties I finally realised the actual meaning of Christmas. For myself anyway. Now the food part is my absolute favourite. I am now the person who just keeps eating and drinking wine and socializing and find that to be the best part. My sister has three kids and Christmas to me should especially being celebrated for the children. It’s so funny though to see how they are dying to open the presents and want us to hurry with eating.. I can totally relate to that 🙂
The last few years have been proper snowy and cold in Finland as well which I’ve loved even though I normally hate the cold. I think at Christmas time it’s acceptable and even expected.
This year working in retail I have promised to work Christmas Eve and Boxing day. Shops are open normal times on both days which is quite crazy to me as it wouldn’t happen in Finland. But it means I’m staying in Wales for the first time. Me and JP are going to celebrate it with his family which will be nice and something different again. It won’t be +40 and it won’t be snowy but I’m sure there will be lots of food, wine and good company involved 🙂
Have a merry Christmas wherever you celebrate it!