So this is probably a really strange thing for most people. Why don’t you want to go home and spend time with family during the holidays? I do, I really do.
This may come across very selfish, so please don’t judge as this is just my opinion and it’s one I cannot help.
I don’t see myself in one place for the rest of my life. I know family are forever, but I’ve always been encouraged to fly the birds nest and explore the world. So why should I be then encouraged to go home because of one holiday? It’s just another day to me.
While my parents mean the world and more to me, I know they wouldn’t want me to cut myself short to fly home from another country and visit them. One of the issues is that it’s not just my family, it’s mine and Luke’s family, so everyone wants to see everyone. So that’s 4 different families to visit over 3 different cities in the matter of 4 or 5 days roughly? That doesn’t really scream fun to me.
Plus, how can I fly away from this beautiful city this Christmas time? It’s a year of firsts in a new country, so that makes it all the more special. What is even better is our family are planning on coming over to see us, so we get the best of both worlds 🙂
This isn’t the first Christmas that we haven’t gone home, last year we had our own proper flat, that was our own place, it was still rented, but it was such a step up from what we have had previously so we wanted to spend Christmas there. Also it was our first Christmas living together, so that was one of the main reasons we wanted to spend Christmas alone.
Before that I was working in retail and ended up spending Christmas at an old friends house. That was the hardest, as I didn’t really have a fair enough reason to not go home apart from the fact there were no trains running and I can’t drive, so I couldn’t even go down early if I had wanted to.
Anyway, our family are perfectly happy for us to not go home, they know we’re bound to have our own life and do our own thing, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have a family who is so understanding about us wanting to go and see the world.