It’s no secret that I lived in America for 2 years (I actually don’t shut up about it).
Christmas in America is very different to Christmas in South Africa. First off, it’s peak summer in South Africa which means Summer vacation. Everyone is at the beach and happy. Most businesses are closed and people are super chilled out. In America, you literally go to school until like December 21st. You get a week off if you are lucky and guess what? It’s FREEZING. I personally prefer winter so this is perfect! New York is a super busy, high stress environment so there’s no chilling, no relaxing, no nothing.
The activities are so different too. In America, we go looking for snow. In South Africa, we go looking for waves!
The last thing that is different is that South Africa has a super laid back, casual lunch on Christmas Day and we don’t do a whole bunch of Christmas parties or get dressed up at all. In America, people tend to do a huge Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day and it is generally more dressed up and not so laid back.
What are some of the differences in your country? Are they more American? Super laid back? Let me know!