Post # 1
This will be my first Christmas away from home, and only my second away from my family. I’m kind of sad. I know it wont be the same here (I’m in Asia), it’ll be 90 degrees for a start!!
We don’t have an oven in out apartment (quite common for a 600sqft condo like ours) so we’ve booked champagne brunch at one of the top hotels for our Christmas meal, SOs mother’s coming so we wont be completely void of family.
The thing I’ll miss the most is the Queens speech (I’m British), even if they show it here it’ll be 11pm by the time it airs. It’s a family thing, maybe it’s silly, but it’s important to me. We’re having a Christmas pudding brought, and mince pies too. We might not have a tree but we’ll hopefully be able to decorate.
Any advice on how to make this Christmas, well, christmassy?
ETA It’s normally been a pretty big deal for me, if I were in the UK I’d go to midnight service on Christmas Eve and celebrations go on until Boxing day (this year, I’ll be working)
Post # 3
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
@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
@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
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
@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 # 8
Thanks for all your suggestions! (Totally fell asleep before I read it all, it’s 8.30am on Saturday with me now)
Post # 9
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.