One year ago I was about to experience my first holiday season without my parents and family. I remember feeling lost and confused, and even a little bit sad. What am I going to do when I wake up on Christmas morning and don’t see my family? Or enjoy Thanksgiving without my mom’s delicious cheesy potatoes? (Yes, we love cheesy potatoes in my family).
This year, I’ve decided I’m not going to feel sad that I’m not in America for these moments. I also struggle with my singleness in this season– I see pictures of people doing cutesy things and sadly think why can’t I do that, too? Being an expat can be very difficult, and the holidays are a hard time, but it doesn’t have to be! I’m going to make my own traditions, and enjoy them now. Not when I have a man to do Pinterest-approved activities, not when I’m living near my family, but right now!
Here are some things on the docket for this holiday season:
–I’m going three (!!) Thanksgiving festivities this week! One is at a restaurant, and two are at friends apartments. Instead of buying something to bring, I’m going to challenge myself to cook something we have at my families Thanksgiving (my mom’s homemade cheesy potatoes. Yum!) Friday night I might be locked in my apartment cooking, but it will be worth it to eat delicious food all weekend!
–On December 1st, my BFF and I are going to put up my (very mini) Christmas tree and watch Christmas movies and write our new years resolutions. Because we are those people.
–This same BFF and I are going to start a 2-person book club because what’s better in cold weather then reading a book?
–We’re totally going to gave a Secret Santa at work this year (guess who is organizing it… #Imalwaysorganizingthings)
–I’M GOING TO TOKYO DISNEY FOR CHRISTMAS. OMG I am so excited there are no words. Last Christmas I went to Chengdu and Xian. Traveling during Christmas is always quite fun and keeps my mind off of thinking about how I’m not at home.
Although my holidays look different than they did when I was growing up and in college, they don’t have to feel sad or awful. Creating your own holiday traditions and embracing the season of life you are currently in (for me, living abroad and being single).
Happy Thanksgiving! I am so grateful to everyone who reads my blog. Thank you for taking time out of day to read, connect, and share your life with me. I love this community on my site, and thank you so much for being a part of it!
What are you looking forward to this holiday season?