It’s Christmas time, mistletoe and wine, Children singing, Christian rhyme. With logs on the fire and gifts… nope hold on, none of this is true. We’re in Bangkok for Christmas this year, there’s no kids singing Christian rhymes and there sure as hell isn’t any logs on the fire, the air-con is on full though…
This weekend will be our second Christmas away from home but our first real attempt at celebrating it in a foreign land. Can it really compete with home?
What makes this Christmas different to last years?
Well, last year we were living as backpackers, counting all the pennies, living in a single room in Chiang Mai and only a few months into our trip. A few small decorations sent over by Kirsty’s parents hung over a curtain rail but there wasn’t really room for anything else.
Christmas didn’t seem like that big of a deal – the fact that we were travelling was enough.
What did we do?
We had a Christmas meal of course, in an Irish pub of all places. The food did get us a little more in the mood (until we found celery in the stuffing – ruined!) followed by the usual excess of Christmas alcohol but that was it. None of the usual build up or recovery period of Christmas that we’re used to at home.
We didn’t even exchange any presents, not such a big deal for me but Kirsty is all about occasions, Christmas, Birthdays, Easter, National Skipping Day (it was on the 1st of April this year for those interested) she loves them all. So having nothing to open on Christmas day wasn’t particularly enjoyable for her.
But this year…..IT’S CHRISTMAAAAS! (Imagine Noddy from Slade shouting it like he does so well)
Now we have a real home, somewhere we’ve lived for a while, somewhere with more than one room, somewhere that actually feels like it’s ours.
We’ve even splurged on presents for each other, as well as for a few other people we know. The plan is to celebrate Christmas together, cook a big meal between us and create a homely sort of Christmas feeling for all of us living in Bangkok away from our families.
Maybe we’ll be able to recreate that Christmas spirit we have at home or perhaps just create a whole new Christmas feel, The Tropical Christmas Party?
Let’s hope so because next year we’ll be back in freezing England and chances are we’ll be spending Christmas apart at our homes with our parents enjoying what we’re used to over the Christmas period. For me, that’s lots and lots of decent ale and a huge boxing day buffet feast which keeps me full for days. I’ve got a whole year to look forward to before that though… Merry Christmas!