Tis' the Season!
This post is aimed at my family. Thanks for the love and support and I'll be thinking of you!
December is finally here and that means Christmas is just around the corner!
For the second year in a row, I won't be home for the holidays. I'm doing my very best to try to get into the spirit but a tropical Christmas is just not the same!
Australia celebrates the holidays the exact same way as the rest of the world. Stores are lit up with glittering lights, chiming bells, fake snow, and rich colours. Yet somehow, the atmosphere is not the same whatsoever. Indoors screams traditional holiday season and the second I walk outside….summer. Probably one major downfall of Australia. I definitely miss the cold, cozy, and cuddly holidays I get at home. I'm doing my best to look past this unfortunate issue and embrace the Christmas spirit anyway.
So, that being said. Here are a few of my favourite things!
My Christmas Essentials - If I'm going to survive this Christmas, these are a necessity:
Kenny Rogers Christmas Carols // Ever since I can remember, my sister has forced us to listen to the same CD every single holiday season. Now we love it and absolutely need it playing ALL THE TIME. We must own at least 12 copies. Definitely an oldie but a goodie!
(I can't find it anywhere in Newcastle, can someone please send me a copy)
Baking // Shortbread, ginger cookies, or those Pillsbury 10 minute oven snowman. MMMMM!!
Starbucks // This might be difficult because there is no Starbucks in Newcastle. However how exciting is it when the Christmas to-go cups come out!? (I'm assuming they're already out…how sad is it that I don't know that!) It is tradition to drink peppermint hot chocolate during the holidays!
Dinner // As much as I would prefer a traditional turkey, stuffing, yams, and pumpkin pie….I have the idea that the 'Christmas dinner' menu is a bit different here. But I won't be picky because I'm lucky to even be having a dinner with people who are close to me. PS - apparently we're hosting. yikes.
Holiday Burning Log // Don't know what this is? Shame on you. Basically, a fireplace is taped for hours on end and aired all day long during the holidays. Back home it makes sense because it keeps you warm when it is so cold outside!
Thats it! Those are really the only things I need during the holidays. Number one priorities are to spend quality time with family and remember to cherish the small things in life.
DIY Wrapping // I Wrap my gifts in used paper bags! Add some simple white ribbon and you're set!