Apparently Christmas is one of the hardest times for Westerners living abroad. I guess because it is a major holiday spent with friends, family, loved ones…
I thought I was being smart by booking a trip to Korea for a week to spend Christmas with family.
Yet here I am, on Christmas. Alone, sick, and without any presents. Yes. No Christmas presents. A travesty, really.
Turns out that celebrating Christmas in Korea is still not the same as being home with friends and family.
No dinners, no parties, no gift exchange… Just a lot of church. That seems to be the only universal thing.
So maybe next year, I’ll save my gift-buying budget and spend it on a trip to someplace nice and warm.
Because if I have to do this alone… Might as well be the best kind of alone – on a beach, under a toasty tropical sun.
*FYI if you know someone who is away from home this holiday season, give them a shout-out. Aside from Christmas, this is still the biggest concentration of major holidays. I’m sure that tons of people are crying alone in a corner right now.