I love Christmas in Europe. It might be cold and dark by 4pm but there’s a real charm to this time of year with all the pretty lights, Christmas markets and the smell of spice in the air.
Having only ever had Christmas in summer, it was such a different experience moving to London in 2012 and having my first cold Christmas (and longest winter ever!). It was only when I was standing out in the freezing cold watching the ice skaters zooming around, sipping on my mug of mulled wine and eating my bratwurst at Winter Wonderland that it really dawned on me what Christmas is all about. It’s not that Australia doesn’t know how to celebrate Christmas – it does – but it’s an incredibly different atmosphere. In Europe, there’s such a wonderful build up as the days start growing shorter, the winter coats and gloves come out, the Christmas markets and crazy Christmas jumpers start appearing and all the stores and streets start putting up their lights and decorations. It’s actually kind of exciting!
This year my parents came over to visit so we had a big family celebration – first on Christmas day at my uncle’s house for an extended lunch and then on the weekend with Micu’s family. Both lunches involved lots of good food and plenty of wine and champagne; the perfect combination for Christmas!
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