I make no secret of the fact that I luuuurve Christmas, it makes me think of happy times as a child getting all excited and trying to force myself to sleep on Christmas Eve convincing myself that I just heard sleighbells and a reindeer outside. Then to be woken at crazy o’clock by my sister to sneak down and look through the glass door at all the presents under the tree before Mom & Pop Robertson woke up (I say we only looked, we had no choice as Pops had fitted a sliding bolt to the top of the door because he knew how sneaky we were, dammit)……Only this year it’s going to be a whole lot different.
For one I have never been away from my family for Christmas so that is going to be the first big thing for me and secondly I have never been in a Muslim country over the festive season. I know my family will cope just fine without me but the question is will I cope without them? I am predicting tears on Christmas day when the reality hits me, as Colin keeps telling me “it’s only another day, what’s so special?”. I guess he is right but it is times like birthdays and Christmas that the home sickness really kicks in. Right now I am feeling it!
You don’t appreciate the little things about a Christmas at home until you aren’t there to enjoy them, I am going to list my top ten things that I will miss, in no particular order. This is probably hugely boring for you but I am making myself feel better by typing it:
1- I miss the cold weather, the frost and even the snow – no chance of a white Christmas out here when its 28 degrees on the 21st December.
2- I miss the excitement and the build up to it and the saying goodbyes at work for the “see you in the New Year”.
3- I miss the presents, both giving and recieving them. I always spoil my brother as I love seeing his face get all excited before Christmas guessing what I have bought him, now that he is old enough to have a proper job he spoils me back so all those years of gifts weren’t in vain.
4- I miss Christmas decorations, lights and general festive stuff. I even miss the snowman Christmas light in Inverurie that looks more like a used condom.
5- I miss the family bickers and my Dad getting stressed over cooking while we all snooze on the sofa. We always ask if he wants help and get a “well it’s too late now”, he loves the stress really.
6- I miss my nephews, Ben & Adam, Christmas is more magical when there are children around.
7- I miss the tradition me and my sister have that we always wear new PJ’s on Christmas eve. I even bought mine for this year, I might send her a picture of them just to keep the tradition going.
8- I miss the fact that everyone tries to get on for one day and makes an effort to be in touch just because it’s Christmas.
9- I miss the food!! Especially my favourite part, turkey and sausage meat stuffing!
10- And to sum it up, I miss the whole bloody thing!!
This sums up my festive mood right now…