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Published: December 25th 2012
A couple of months ago Tyler told me that most of Asia doesn't celebrate Christmas. Of course, this makes sense because the majority of the population are Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim. The fact that they didn't celebrate Christmas was still extremely hard for me to comprehend. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. When I was little, I was obviously excited for Santa to come but as I grew older I came to cherish the times I spent with my family. My amazing family.
This Christmas is very different. I'm on the other side of the world for the first time in my life and being away from my family and friends is really hard. Normally I would wake up at my parents house on Christmas morning (because even after I moved out last year I still went home to stay in the spare room on Christmas Eve). When we were little, my Brother would be up at the crack of dawn waking up the rest of the household. The four of us would tiredly find a comfy spot near the Christmas tree. Either Mom or Dad would brew a pot of coffee while Eric (my Brother) and
I would open our stockings. Underwear, Socks, Candy – the works! Then we would move on to the bigger items; each person taking turns opening a gift from Santa or another family member. All of this would go on while Christmas music was playing in the background and if it was the “Sugar Plum Fairy” song my Bro and I would likely be dancing around like we did when we were younger. Once all of the gifts were opened we would pick one of our brand new movies to watch and that is how we would spend our Christmas morning. Family, it's a wonderful gift in itself.
Today I miss the snow (even though I hear it's green in London). Today I miss the warmth of the fireplace, the smell of the wood burning, the sound of it crackling away. Today I miss the way my Nanna writes “From Santa” even though we are old enough to know the secret. Today I miss Oma's baking (P.S. Thanks for the cookies you sent with Paul). Today I miss the smell of every home at this time of year (baking, cooking, cinnamon, pine needles etc.). Today I am celebrating Christmas a completely new way and I'm lucky enough to spend Christmas Day 2012 with one of my best friends, Paul Mick and my other best friend and love of my life, Tyler Ogilvie. While I'm not technically at home, I've made my own temporary home in the little town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
I'm so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people in body and in spirit. I have read all the Christmas cards that people sent with Paul; they made me fell warm, fuzzy and sappy. I am thinking of all my friends and family back at home today – as I do most days – and I hope everyone has a beautiful, warm Christmas surrounded by those they love and cherish as much as I do my family.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
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