2021 Christmas Highlights
Another Christmas season has passed, leaving behind the chaos of the holiday, Today I have a full day to just rest and have time for myself, to write and be immersed in my world.
I started my day with a glass of warm honey water to keep my body warm. Summer is in full swing for the past few days in Wellington. For some reasons, I have a runny nose recently, probably due to too much sun exposure. Even though it is cool at night, during the day it is quite hot so I couldn't help but enjoying the sunlight.
Before the holiday is literally a hectic period for me. Work is still a mess due to many unfinished projects. I know these are all multi-year projects, but for me, it would be great to complete big projects at the end of the year. I will feel relax and be proud that I finished them. I can put all the worries behind to just enjoy the holiday season.
I know there are nothing to worry about. It is said that "Happiness is found on the way, not the end of the road". So
If projects are not completed yet, which means that next year there will still be great challenges for me to conquer.
In Vietnam I do not celebrate Christmas and do not have the habit of preparing gifts for this occasion. For our big holiday - Tet - we often give each other red envelopes with lucky money. I found it is easier this way. However, we don't often have joy of opening presents in Christmas.
This year is the first year we celebrate Christmas with friends. Everyone will buy gifts for each other. Since my friend's family all have young children, I also want to buy gifts for them. Because I didn't prepare in advance, I only bought gifts 2 days before Christmas. I know it's going to be a time when people go to buy presents too and it's going to be crowded. This will make shopping more chaotic.
And indeed I had a headache after the first morning when looking and choosing gifts because there are too many options and due to inexperience in preparing gifts for many people. After all, I decided to buy small gifts that I consider meaningful, things that people can use and also help small businesses.
Hand-made soap from a local shop. Its smell is wonderful. I stored it in a paper bag and after giving the present, I could still smell it now
I made these cards from shopping paper bags and dried flowers
Presents I prepared for my friends
Including some photo frames
With some close friends, I make them small cards and photo frames with dried flowers instead of buying gifts that they won't use. Luckily I selected the flowers and dried them many months ago. So I just spent a little time decorating the cards and picture frames. All my friends love the lovely gifts I gave them.
As I was in a rush when I made these gifts, I didn't have enough materials like wrapping paper or wrapping ropes. Luckily we still have the shopping paper bags. I reuse them to wrap meaningful gifts. This way, we can reduce waste when giving out presents.
The shopping paper bag that I cut into small pieces
I used some dried flowers I have prepared to decorate, it brings a unique beauty to these hand-made gifts.
One more thing that keeps my pre-Christmas time quite hectic. It was a birthday celebration for my lover. His birthday is the day before Christmas. Every year only the two of us celebrate his birthday so I know it would mean so much to him if we have more friends joining. So we invited all our close friends and acquaintances.
Celebrating my partner's birthday with friends
I don't think many people will come because I think everyone is busy. However, it was unexpected that everyone came to congratulate him on his birthday. I think Covid is a lucky occasion for us this year because all of our friends are here for Christmas instead of going back home. Needless to say how happy and excited my partner was and we are so grateful to all the friends who brought us happiness in this foreign land.
On the Christmas Eve, I experienced how the Argentineans celebrate Christmas for their families. Everyone will gather for dinner and spend time together. We wait until midnight to celebrate Christmas and open gifts from Santa. It's great to see the kids having fun and being happy with the presents.
On Christmas Day, I got to know again how South Africans enjoy their christmas. Before the meal, we would open crackers together, receive small gifts, and read fun quizzes. Then together, we open gifts from Santa and enjoy delicious Christmas dishes.
For me, this is a new experience. My family in Vietnam does not celebrate Christmas. So from a young age I was very jealous of my Christian friends because they always attended unique performances on Christmas Day. I'm always curious to know what they do, whether it is similar to our Tet holiday or not. Today, I have come to know what Christmas is and I love to be able to celebrate it in different cultures. I gradually consider it an important holiday in my year.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas with loved ones and a very happy and healthy New Year 2022.
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I've never felt nothing like this. And I hope that one day I would experience such a moment.
You will for sure Aden. Merry Christmas
Photo frames are impressive. The gifts are so meaningful when it made by handmade.😍
Thank you :) Last year I heard on the NZ radio about unwanted gift for Xmas so I thought let's make it simple and nice for my friends
Giống e, luôn đau đầu khi tặng quà. Bởi thế e phát minh ra cách vẹn cả đôi đường. Cứ chọn mấy món quà đơn giản mà mình thấy thích, hoặc mình chọc ngoáy, thêm thắt( handmade) cho có ý nghĩa. Ai không thích cười xòa bạn bè mà, phải vui vì còn người khác thích nữa mà
Haha chuẩn quá Bee ơi, c cũng nghĩ nếu mình bỏ công sức ra làm và chọn thì dù đơn giản mọi ngừoi cũng sẽ rất thích. Đặc biệt mấy món handmade lại vừa là vừa đẹp nữa.
Maybe you didn't celebrate Christmas in Vietnam, but it looks that you caught up this year by celebrating multiple times! Great to see happy faces in your photos! It looks that it was great fun!
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Thank you for your nice words. I am so happy to get invited to my friends' houses and joined the Xmas with their families. It is good to know about traditions that they carry on from their countries.
So you were busy having a blast LOL.
Happy holidays and hope you make the most of these last few days 😎
Thank you dear. I am trying ti make the most out of it now
You have warm heart and you are a smart'woman, I believe your friends were happy and touched when they received your gifts. How long have you lived abroad? it's good to see you have a happy and good life there.
Thank you for your kind words.
I moved to NZ since Dec 2016. So it is 5 years now. Wow now i couldnt believe that I have been here for that long. Everything is just like yesterday. I am enjoying my life here but missing Vietnam. Haven't visited since 2018 so I am longing for this pandemic in under control to be able to visit for a month or so
Are there many Vietnamese friends there? I really admire your life, I also want some money so that I can travel in NZ for a few days
There are a lot of Vietnamese here but I have to say I don't have many vietnamese friends. I hope you can travel to NZ one day
Chúc c và gia đình giáng sinh vui vẻ
Cám ơn em :)
looks like you had a great christmas time! your gifts you have made yourself look really great, especially the dried flowers in the picture frame, good gift idea!
Thank you for stopping by. I heard on the radio about many unwanted gifts after Xmas so I want to make something different. The gifts I made are all simple and used materials from second hand shops. Except for things like soap. Have a lovely day
Đọc thấy nhẹ nhàng mà ấm áp quá! Thiếu gia đình nhưng có bạn bè bù đắp! :D
Dịp lễ này b không tranh thủ đi đâu hết ha?
Cám ơn b. Xmas thì t ko đi đâu nhưng New Year sẽ lên Taupo chơi vài hôm. Leo Tongariro với nghỉ dưỡng suối khoáng. Thế hai vc bên đó nghĩ lễ sao r
Book đủ thứ cuối cùng ko đi đâu đc luôn! Bên này bùng dịch quá nè! 😅
Ôi thế à, bên NZ thì vẫn đang trong tầm kiểm soát nên vẫn cho mn đi vui chơi dịp này
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