This Christmas…

I will not be able to be with my family back home… Damn

Two years ago, I also missed out on Christmas with my family when I was in South Africa.  I’m not sure why (maybe the difference between 24 and 26 years old is larger than I thought) but it didn’t hit me too badly back then.  I missed my family, sure, but I wasn’t overly sad.  This time however, I miss my family more than ever.  I miss switching the lights on every night, watching our house explode with luminance. I miss hearing Dad yell at my brother and I for tangling the string of lights as we follow behind him as he puts them on the tree (this is as much of a tradition as eating Christmas dinner in my house).  I will miss waking up Christmas morning feeling like I’m still 10 years old, looking forward to a huge breakfast with my family and opening up gifts together.  I think the thing that will hurt the most about missing Christmas with my family isn’t actually not experiencing it, but knowing that it goes on without me.

While that first paragraph makes it seem like it’s going to be a pretty ho-hum day, it surely won’t be.  I’m super stoked to be able to spend another Christmas in a new place, Falmouth.  Eating, drinking whiskey, and spending time with fantastic people … and seeing how Christmas is celebrated on a different continent.  I have always felt that the best way to immerse yourself in a  new and different culture is to spend holidays with them.  I’ll even get to experience “boxing day” (which seems to be another family-oriented eating and drinking day, like I’d say no to that!).  I am definitely in a privileged position to be able to experience the holidays in a  foreign place; I don’t want people to think that this post is just me bitching about missing my family!

To all of my family and friends all over the world … I love you all!  I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, my heart is with all of you.  To my Mom, Dad, and brother … i love you and will be thinking of you guys all day!

Travel safe everyone… shit gets crazy with all of the people driving throughout eh holiday madness.

Enjoy each other, if you are going to pick one day to set all of the “bullshit” aside and just get along … make it Christmas.  Eat, drink, and be merry.  Don’t take the people around you for granted … let Christmas be the day where you cherish your family and friends the most.  Forget the materialistic presents, the real gift is the people who love you and spend this special day with you!Image

Merry Christmas from the UK!!!!

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About mdnichol87

Marine Biologist studying towards a Master's in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter.
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