Blogmas, Day 4: Expat Christmas in South Korea
Christmas is all about family time. It's a day filled with love and food. Most families spend their Christmas together, watching movies all day, opening gifts, eating a whole bunch of food and chilling my the fire. It's how I remember some of my Christmases anyways. For the past two years, I have spent Christmas in South Korea, away from my family back home. It does make me feel sad, not being able to go home to spend this time with them. Luckily, I moved to South Korea with my fiancé, David. So, it doesn't matter what we have planned, we will always have Christmas together here.
My first Christmas in Korea involved a big Christmas dinner with some friends I had made over here. David and I were the hosts, and it was a little nerve-racking, because it was the first time we have ever hosted. I ended up getting sick, so David had to do all of the cooking. We had the biggest spread, and I'm not sure how he managed to do it! I really enjoyed this day, and it took away all the homesickness.
The food is definitely one of the things I miss about Christmas at home, so we tried to replicate it. It's difficult when most of the products are hard to source, or are super expensive! The first Christmas felt cosy, and it was really nice spending time with these people who we had just met a couple of months before.
My second Christmas also involved a huge meal, with completely different people! I'm still friends with those from the first Christmas! I was invited to a dinner by another foreigner, and I spent time with them, eating a load of food, taking part in Secret Santa and watching Die Hard.
The thing I missed most about both Christmases was my family. However, thank you to Skype, I was able to video call them to wish them a good day!