(Closed) An Expat Christmas: advice?

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I lived in Japan for two years.  I worked on Christmas Day my first year, and the second year, I was on vacation in India.  I’ll be the first to admit that those Christmases were about as un-Christmasy as they get.  I didn’t see family for either one.

What helped me was decorating my apartment and doing Christmas with my family via Skype (the first year, at least.  The second year, I tried to do it right before I left for India, and my internet provider crapped out on me thirty seconds after I got online with them.  I will forever despise that company for ruining Christmas… even if I do work for that company now).  I was an English teacher, and so the Wednesday before Christmas both years, I got my adult class together, and we went Christmas caroling.  It was certainly different, but that was about as Christmasy as it got.

I hope my ideas help and you have a very merry Christmas despite your geographic location!

Post # 4
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@GreenEyedMoon:  Christmas in Japan is notorious for being an extra day for couples to spend with each other – not with family. Seeing as Japan has St Patrick’s Day parades when I seriously doubt there’s even a drop of Irish blood in any of them …. lolol

Post # 5
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@strawbs:  Oh yes.  Christmas Eve is the most romantic holiday of the year.  Couples around the country make plans for an extra special date that night.  They make reservations at KFC, which does more business on Christmas Eve than any other day in the year, and they look sappily into each other’s eyes over their bucket of fried chicken.  Then they check into a love hotel and sex away.  It’s all very romantic.  XD

Which made my Christmases there even sadder because I was single!

Post # 6
10565 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I know you’ve said you have brunch plans, but I tried a slow cooker turkey breast recipe that a bee posted on here for Thanksgiving and loved it!  It also made everything smell yummy.  You could do that even if you don’t eat much for dinner, the leftovers were even better!

Get some candles or just boil a pot (you have a hotplate at least, right?) of water with some cinnamon and nutmeg to get the Christmasy smells.  Maybe you can watch a previous Queen’s speech earlier in the day?  Play some Chirstmas music!  I’m sure the fireplace channel can be found online somewhere, and if not, I know you get DVDs of it!

Can you get a little mini tree and decorate that?  The dollarstores around here sell them.

Post # 7
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ladyartichoke:  I believe that the Queen’s Speech is actually streamed online these days. Liz is hip, yo. Clarence House even has a twitter. 

I mean…it might still be at 11 PM but at least you can watch it 🙂 

Post # 9
4659 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Aww… I’ve had christmases away from home but never made a thing out of it… but not that far away. This is gonna be FI’s and my first expat Christmas too!! We’re also in Asia (Korea) and we’re from east coast US. Hoping to skype with some family at some point, but we only get one day off from work for it so we probably won’t do a lot. Maybe we’ll go out for BBQ! 😛 Just do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

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