Christmas Past, Present & Future

by Poi on December 21, 2011

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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?

Christmas in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Christmas in Chiang Mai

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)

Christmas 2011

secret santa in Bangkok

Picking names for secret Santa.

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!

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George December 22, 2011 at 7:59 am

This is something I’ve been thinking a lot of lately, next year if all goes to plan I will be in Japan for Christmas, where Christmas isn’t particularly celebrated. And who knows this could be my last UK Christmas. But what you’ve done sounds good I’d love a little cosy Christmas with the travelling family. Hope it’s a merry one 🙂 xx

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Poi December 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Thanks and Merry Christmas to you!

They’ve started putting decorations up downstairs in our apartment building and many of the shop workers have santa hats on. Perhaps it’ll be celebrated more than you think in Japan, I’m sure you’ll find a way to enjoy.

Hope your plans work out!

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Runaway Brit December 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I celebrated Christmas in Japan once. I had to work but I spent all my lessons teaching my students to sing Christmas carols/songs and we all wore santa hats. Many of the kids hought it was hilarious as they had no idea what was going on!!!

The shops did play some Christmas songs and we could buy decorations When we got home we had a big party and watched Christmas movies so all-in-all it was fun.

This was 10 years ago so I expect it may be a bigger deal now.

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Poi December 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

That sounds like a goo Christmas but as you said I bet it has change A LOT now. Hope you had a good Christmas.

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Hannah loveplaywork December 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

We spent the last 3 Christmases away and I felt quite homesick on all of them! I insisted we come back for this one (chris would rather be anywhere else I think!) It is nice and festive but I’d forgotten how expensive and stressy it is!! Sounds like you have the best of both worlds. Merry Christmas!

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Poi December 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

It’s not the most relaxing time Christmas despite how much everyone looks forward to it (or claims to).

I hope you enjoy your Christmas back at home, I wonder what you’ll decide to do next year? Merry Christmas!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures December 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Awww enjoy it!!!

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Poi December 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

We’ll try. Merry Christmas, Andi.

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Jenny December 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Enjoy it! Holidays away from home are weird but wonderful. While all the other Christmases may blend together these will be 2 you’ll never forget. I also live in Bangkok but made the trip home to the states this year just because I know I’ll be in Bangkok for a while longer. Its lovely to be with family, but you’ll be right back in there next year, soak up the time, cheers with some double black label, be thankful for Villa market who can provide us forigeners with holiday food to cook from the homeland and marvel at the rudiculous tree outside terminal 21.

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Poi December 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Oh how I love Villa, I need to go there soon for a cornish pasty and some English muffins.

You’re right we will remember these two years forever. I hope you had a good Christmas back in the states.

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Kim December 25, 2011 at 12:09 am

Happy holidays! I know it is hard to get into the spirit when you are far away from home but it sounds like you guys are taking a good shot at it this time around. Hope it is great.

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Poi December 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Thanks Kim, I hope you had a great Christmas!

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Wandering Trader December 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Happy holidays guys! It doesn’t matter where we spend our Christmas. It’s always with how we celebrate it 😉 I bet you had a great one this year!

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Poi January 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Exactly – we had a great Christmas although we were pretty hungover most of the day!

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