Today is all about Christmas memories. Growing up my mom owned family styled bars (basically a restaurant) so we would always have this HUGE Christmas lunch with everyone. It was my mom’s way of saying ‘hey, you have no family? That’s okay, you can be part of ours’
Here are some of my favourite memories in no particular order:
One of my favourite memories was the last Christmas I spent with my mom. It was 2013, I had just graduated High School and I was busy applying to go to America so I really cherished it. We did a low key lunch with salads and lunch meat which is quite common in South Africa as it is so hot during the Christmas season.
When I was around 5 years old, my mom’s friend came to me on Christmas and told me this looooooooong story of how a Christmas mouse came and left a block of ‘cheese’ at her house for me and she didn’t understand why. It turned out that it was a little baby doll carrier which I used for a very long time after. I don’t know why I remember that, must have been the ridiculous story she told me.
Moving on to 2015- we had a friend Christmas day in New York. My host family in America is Jewish so they don’t celebrate Christmas, this means that I was free and needed to do something. It was unseasonably warm in December so my friends and I decided to go and explore the woods around our town, have lunch and go ice-skating. It was honestly so much fun and I really enjoyed the culture exchange. French traditions and food is very different to South Africans so it was a real learning experience. We ended the night off with board games which was also just so relaxing and fun.
Finally, this year. I am in a whole new continent which means that there are more Christmas traditions I am going to be exposed to. New things, new food and probably more cold. I am super excited!
I would love to hear about your Christmas memories.