So, Christmas on the other side of the world, how was it? To start with, it didn’t actually feel like Christmas, but then again, I can’t remember when it did last feel like Christmas. Now I’m older, the excitement isn’t the same, but it’s a holiday I love nonetheless. It was definitely different this year.
Its an Australian tradition to have carols by candlelight over the Christmas period, so for evening of Christmas Eve, we took picnic blankets, food, drink, and glowsticks to sit around with hundreds of other people and listen to the carols sung by the local choir. It really was a night to remember and a great way to welcome the Christmas holidays.
We then spent Christmas morning sat around the living room at the vineyard, before having barbecued kangaroo for lunch. We then headed over to the beach for the late afternoon, before tucking into prawns and salad for dinner, definitely different to the usual Christmas day, but it will definitely be one to remember.
It wasn’t an easy day, it made me realise just how much my family all mean to me, how you take the little things for granted, and how you’d give anything to spend Christmas day with those you love, but luckily for me, Alex helped me get through it. It was great to be able to speak to him; he knew exactly what I was going through, because he too was in the same situation. He was a great help for me, and I don’t know how I’d have got through the day without him.
The part of the day I was looking forward to, and dreading the most was video calling my family. I couldn’t wait to see them all, be able to talk to them all at once, but I also hated the idea of seeing Christmas taking place without me there. it was the realisation that everything does still happen with or without you that really hit me. At 4am, boxing day morning I was on call to my family while my dad was preparing the final parts to the Christmas dinner, everyone was beginning to sit around the table, and I couldn’t help but wish I was there. It was great to see them all, and be a part of their day, even if it was only for an hour or so.
For me, boxing day was the Christmas I had wished for. We all went round the Nagel’s house for a roast dinner and pool party, and it really was great fun. I loved spending the afternoon with the girls and their family. From watching films, to just dance, to a bike ride, it really was a great day spent with amazing company. Both of them are incredible young girls and I feel blessed to have got to know them so well. I already miss them now that I’m in Sydney but know that they will both go on to do well in life. I cannot thank them all enough for how welcome they made me feel in Adelaide and how involved they made me feel in their family, I will be forever grateful for all they have done for me.
Christmas itself was easier than I thought it would be, whether that was because I had convinced myself it was just another day, or because I had over worried, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. That being said, I still would have loved to go back for the day, but it was great to be able to video call my brother in Melbourne, it gave me a feeling that maybe home wasn’t quite so far away. I can’t wait to be able to celebrate Christmas with my family again. This has been a year to remember, and also one to learn from.