This Christmas is a big one. My first one away from home. So what's it like, having Christmas rapidly approach with no family, snow or Dad's Roast Potatoes in sight?
Lately, the temperature has been in the high 20s or low 30s and with Christmas music playing in all the stores its a weird feeling. Christmas has crept up this year and in a weeks time I'll be experiencing my first Christmas in summer and away from home. So how do you keep positive coming up to the big day?
f your family is like mine, we have our traditions and little things we do every year. Dad always makes sausage rolls, Mum always makes a Yule Log and... I can safely say our Christmas revolves around food. Missing out on these Christmas traditions makes you really nostalgic, but it's opens the opportunity to experience something new.
Since our Christmas will hopefully be basked in sunshine, we're planning on heading down to the beach, regardless of how packed it will be, to experience a classic Aussie Christmas. Or at least what us internationals assume is an Aussie Christmas. We'll be joining the crowds and getting the bus, train and ferry to either Manly or Bondi (although I'm rooting for Manly) I"m sure drinks will be consumed and good times will be haved. We're lucky to have a large friendship group all keen to celebrate Christmas so will be spending the day together.
As well as embracing the experiences on offer down under, we're also planning to bring some our own traditions to our Christmas. We'll be opting out of the seafood platters for a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings. We'll play card games and exchange presents in a Secret Santa. It's going to be a big organisation nightmare but I'm really looking forward to spending the day with everyone and making it a Christmas to remember.
Me and my roommates are also going to making this Christmas a little special and bring an element of home to us by making stockings for each other. I've found this such a fun experience and have loved buying little things for other stockings! I'm going into full Mum mode.
Work is making the Christmas season decidedly more francic, with a six day working week and not enough time to prepare everything! Although keeping busy at work means good news for my bank account and for my funds for the East Coast.
Christmas this year will be one to remember, and I hope for all good reasons. Although I will miss being with my family, especially as so many are coming to stay this year, I know that they are only a skype call away and that this experience is going to be a unique one which I may not experience again. It's important to bring your own traditions to your day as well as embracing those of the culture your living in. It's also important to surround yourself with good company, even if that good company is yourself! Take time to do what the locals do and just try to enjoy the opportunity rather than dwell on the comfort that home might bring.
Regardless, Christmas is going to be one to remember this year!