Josh and I were really nervous and sad to be away from our families for Christmas. It was the first (and hopefully last) time in either of our lives that we have not been able to be home. Every day leading up to Christmas we were both feeling sorry for ourselves. We kept saying, "well we could just fly home, but do we really want to do that? We'll be home just 6 weeks later!" A lot of our friends here were going back to the States which didn't make it any easier. If ever there is a time to feel homesick, it is around the holidays!
When Christmas finally rolled around we ended up having such a great day. We got to Skype with almost every single person in our family which was so nice. We got to see everyone without ever leaving our family room. I have always said when I had kids I want them to spend their Christmas morning at home! Well I got my wish :)
We really had a great day, we opened 1 present each on Christmas Eve, pajamas for everyone, and then spent a majority of the day opening gifts on Christmas day. We took our time and enjoyed ourselves, for once not having to worry about rushing of to the next thing. We had a great time and Jackson was so excited for each of his gifts.
Not many of us celebrate Boxing Day, most of us have seen it on our calendar, but never even know what it is. Well it is the day after Christmas and long story short, back in the day it was a time for the servants of the wealthy people to celebrate Christmas because of course they were needed to help serve the wealthy families during the actual holiday. They were generally sent home with a "Box" of goodies, or leftovers to take to their families. Many countries celebrate it and have an additional day off of work to be home with their families. So this year we got to celebrate boxing day with some friends this year which was great! To the families we were with it is tradition to have your leftovers on boxing day. Doesn't sound so great? It was! It was quite the little feast we had! Ham, and turkey and sausages, potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, and the list goes on and on finally to end with Christmas Fruit cake. Not the discusting US fruit cake but home made english fruit cake and home made ice cream! mmmm! Yum it was like the Thanksgiving we didn't get to have this year!
So all in all, it turned out to be not so bad, however I'm so happy we will be home for the Holidays next year!