Where was your favourite place to spend Christmas day? What did you do? Are you going anywhere this Xmas?
Need inspiration for next year!
The one overseas Xmas that really sticks in my mind was whoaa, well over 20 years ago, on a houseboat on lake Dal Srinigar in Kashmir - watched the sun come up on xmas day with the mountains reflecting on the lake - pure magic. Of course 20 years ago peace reigned there, would like to go back one day and see the difference.
Oh wow! That really is a Christmas to remember.....did you rent out the houseboat or just ended up on it?
I think if you went back, it may taint the memory? But then humble you at the same time......hmmm.
I rented the houseboat for a month - all by myself - think i was just shy of my 19th bday - Id never seen anything as beautiful as the houseboat with all its intricate carvings and rich decor and when I found I could rent it (with staff) for a month for the equivalent of about $30AUD back then I was gobsmacked. I spent the month just sitting there, gazing, eating, buying flowers from the floating sellers and getting to know the locals who all thought it was a very foolhardy and crazy thing to do at my age on my own. You have raised a great point tho Gisele, I found when I went back to Koh Samui after 20 years i was....slightly gutted...to find what was once a tiny little island that took a lot of hassle on trains and tiny boats to get there is now a major resort with an airport. I guess we cant halt progress, but some places were better left alone. Merry xmas to you where ever you choose to be :-)
Have spent Christmas in France, Argentina, Oman, Russia and the Philippines. They were all crap compared to Christmas back in England with my family and friends!
That's what I am doing this Christmas....but would love to get away next year just so I can give it a go abroad!! I have to say I think Iwould stick to somewhere cold....nothing like a roaring fire at xmas!
yeh, the times I've spent Christmas in hot countries or countries that have summer in December really haven't felt like Christmas at all
I agree with Ed. I've spent many Christmas' in tropical climates since I was a kid, but my favorite Christmas memories were always at home in Canada, with snow, spending the days tobogganing or skiing or ice skating, cheeks rosy and mittens on hands drinking cocoa, hiking into the bush to find a tree - dragging it home in a sled, making christmas decorations in front of a roaring fire, having the traditional turkey dinner with disfunctional family and invited guests who have no family around, playing games and singing carols and sipping stuff into the wee night...and of course as a kid the anticipated christmas mornings. Priceless.
For me Christmas is the time of year where you really gotta be home for Christmas with your family and friends, to share a meal, exchange gifts and enjoy each other's company ... unless of course you can't stand being with your family or would rather be overseas for some reason.
Anyhoo, tonight we're off to my mom's Christmas Eve party to enjoy the feast, jump in the pool with the kids and hit the Karaoke singing Feliz Navidad
whilst waiting for the clock to strike midnight for Santa to give away the presents. 😄
... then hit the warm beaches of the Sunshine Coast here in Queensland after Christmas and go camping after New Year !
Have a Merry Christmas ! 😱
P.S Hope you guys don't freeze up there in the Northern hemisphere with all the snow. Kidding ! 😉
For what it's worth, yeah, I really think it's cool to have a white Christmas . 😄 Cheers !
My wife and I lived in Germany for seven years before we had children. The rest of our families were back in the States. So celebrating Christmas as a family event at home was not possible, and rather lonely. After our first Christmas there alone, where we went to the Black Forest for the day, we decided that for future Christmases, we would just get away.
We mostly went skiing in Austria (near the town where Silent Night was composed) and Switzerland (Bernese Oberland), but also went further afield, to Israel for Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, to Jordan, Thailand (to be with my parents for Christmas) and Egypt, and to Kenya.
We went to London which we thought would be a great Christmas destination (shopping at Harrods, etc.), but Christmas Day turned out to be a disaster. Everything was closed...no public transporatation or taxis to take us to church, few restaurants open, no sights open, etc. (This was a few years ago so it may be different now). We were lucky to find an Indian restaurant within walking distance of our hotel...and on top of this we both got terrible colds.
So Christmas is best spent with family...travel some other time! But if you have to travel, then I agree with the others that for Christmas Day you want it to be snowing, not sunny and warm.
New York!!!Not to faraway from home...still feel the spirit of winter (not like many place people in Quebec like to go to (florida)).
Still think we should spend of our christmass time at home with our relative
I was in Agra, India for Christmas day a couple of years ago. We spend most of the day reading and eating, in the Shanty Lodge roof top restaurant. They attempted to make a European style Christmas dinner for those who wanted it, but we ordered Indian food, because it was by far better. It wasnt traditional or nearly as cold as Europe, despite it was winter there, but they did put up baloons and fairly lights in the restaurant.
Here is the million dollar view for backpacker prices, from the Shanty Lodge Rooftop restaurant.
met up with us there for a while that evening, but didnt get to enjoy the magnificant Taj Mahal view, because there is a shortage of electricity in that part of India. I suppose, lighting up the Taj at night is not a priority, when they couldnt even keep the fridge on long enough to get the Christmas beers and Colas cold. 😊
In reply to Bob, unfortunately London has not changed since you were here. Everything still shuts down for Christmas day, but then again I kind of like that they do. It's going to be so nice and quiet and if you are prepared for it (which I am assuming you were not) it can be a nice change from all the hussel and bussel of everyday life. It's nice that the city still respects this traditional holiday.
By far my favourite christmas memories include long lazy christmas lunches with my family back in Australia, with the day spent unwrapping presents, eating and perhaps an afternoon swim.
Then again, I am loving the cold weather at this time of year, now that we are located in London. It definitely makes the whole season feel that much more christmasy!
Very jealous of all you people with snow and fireplaces - we have had a 36c degree today and are looking at a 38c day tommorow - Id kill for some snow right now!
Most everyone dreams of a White Christmas and there are too many songs about snow, sleigh rides, fireplace, Santa in furry red outfit. We even love singing those Christmas carols here in tropical Philippines 😊) At 28 degrees celsius here in Manila, we are thankful for this "cool" weather. Have not experienced a snowy Christmas but yes, a snowy New Year. I would have enjoyed it but without family and friends, it's difficult. So, Christmas is truly best spent with people you love. Happy New Year, everyone!
I have spent most of my Christmas's in London with family & as much as I love my family, Christmas in a tropical country is by far better. I spent Christmas in New York one year which was ok but there were waaaaay too many people there. For me, my best Christmas was in the Maldives, Christmas day consisted of a delicious breakfast followed by scuba diving, then a fantastic lunch followed by a treatment in the Spa for Nikki & me & after a few hours sunbathing we got showered & then had the most amazing Christmas dinner EVER on the beach watching the sunset.
I've mainly spent Christmas day with my family in the UK, apart from when we moved to Swaziland for two years. This year I spent it on a boat in Halong bay. Absolutely beautiful and a completely different experience. I must say it never feels right having Christmas in a hot country. Nor is it quite the same without family, which for me is what its all about!
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The best Xmas is always the one at home, with family, friends and snow and delicious food. But one I definitely will never forget is the one I spend in Tokyo. The illuminations in the city were beautiful and it was one of the most romantic times in my life - together with the New Year it was a very different experience I never want to miss, and I hope to experience it again sometime.
Xmas in Japan is a time for couples and romance, while during New Year everything closes down and you spend time with your family and at the temple to burn the charms of last year and to pray for a successful new one.