You know those t-shirts that used to be all the rage (before the "keep calm and..." craze) that said "I'd rather be" ...fishing... for example? Well for the last week I could have quite happily worn one that said "I'd rather be in Vermont". There have been instances of eyes welling up when certain Christmas songs were heard in shops (the music from the film The Snowman for instance, which we usually watch on Christmas Eve), of feeling a bit empty when trying to work out a Christmas menu (we'll be cranking the aircon as Matt wants to do roast lamb), of just not feeling the Christmas vibe.
It's hard. We've only been here 4 months. Not enough for it to feel like home. We don't have our puppy with us, and we don't have our beautiful barn room with a giant real Christmas tree, with snow outside and lovely crazy neighbours next door and dear friends up the road to drop in for Christmas Eve drinks....
See the downward spiral I can quickly get in to?
So, we have been trying hard to make new traditions. We've done shopping in places like Little India and China Town where it doesn't feel quite so hyped up commercialism (something the Singaporeans do very well). Mum sent me some money for Christmas and with it I bought Apple TV, which is NOT a TV but a device that lets you watch movies and TV that you buy on iTunes on your TV. Brilliant for us because it's meant we have been able to watch some Christmas movies and this years season of Doctor Who, which has meant some nice family nights on the sofa like we used to.
And then last night I took Kit and Ella down the the "snow" at Tanglin mall.
We last went to this in 1999 with Remi and Oscar. They shoot foam from cannons at the Christmas tree, although they also make foam pits for the kids to play in and cover themselves in foam. It's all outside and free.
Certainly different to Christmas shopping in Manchester, VT in the snow....
Anyway, where ever you are in the world, I'm wishing you a happy Christmas. If you are somewhere you love, make the most of it! If you're not, make the most of it anyway!