We missed Christmas at home this year. It was a decision that really weighed heavily on us because we’ve never missed a Christmas before and we really miss our family and friends. It was tough being away from loved ones, it is for a lot of the holidays we miss during the year. The good part was knowing that this would be the very last holiday away from them since we’re moving home in just a few days.
Christmas wasn’t too Christmas-y for us. We traveled most of the day on Christmas Eve and thanks to a couple of delayed flights, we missed out on what was going to be a fairly traditional Christmas meal. We spent Christmas day on a tour, we didn’t exchange presents and we ate Thai for dinner that night. We did sit up singing carols to each other, laughing at how many we didn’t actually know the words to and watching snippets of Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special on my phone.
I’d say the most Christmas-y thing we did do was buy a teddy bear in Siem Reap from our hotel…
The bears were to be given to children in a local hospital and all the proceeds donated to their care. I was so happy to see how many bears had been purchased by guests before us. The real spirit of Christmas, of giving to those less fortunate and doing what you can to make someone else’s day a little brighter- that’s really my favorite part of the holiday anyway.