25 Dec

A Travellers Christmas: Merry Christmas From Me

Some travellers love Christmas
 and lament that they can’t be home. Others enjoy the escape from the consumerism and endless carolling (put me in that camp!) and some look for the quirky that happens when other cultures interpret Christmas in their own land. I asked some traveller friends to share how they see and spend Christmas on the road; it’s like a peek into Christmas Around The World.

You can see all the ‘A Travellers Christmas’ posts here.

Christmas Dinner at Koh Pha-Ngan

Christmas Dinner In Thailand

Although neither Jason nor I live in our hometowns any more and we often don’t get ‘home’ for Christmas every year, the year we were travelling was the first year that we also weren’t in our home country for Christmas.

We were in Thailand; just about as far away from the North Pole you can get. And I loved it.

No freezing temperatures, no snow, no Jingle Bells in the middle of November, no harried shopping in overstuffed malls. Just some simple lights and braided palm fronds as decorations, barbecued seafood for dinner, and the hotel staff wearing Santa hats with huge smiles on their faces reminding me that Christmas is about relaxing and having fun no matter where in the world you are.

A Christmas distilled down to its essential elements; love, peace, and joy.

That is what I wish for each of you this Christmas Day. The company of those who you love most, the knowledge that if you can’t be with them that they miss you as much as you miss them, and the simple joys of the season.

Merry Christmas!

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