My fondest Christmas memory would be my first proper Christmas in England in 2011. I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas the traditional way – with a tree, wreaths, and stockings, etc. – so 2011 was my first taste of a classic Christmas. I spent it with my partner’s family in Cambridge, and we went all out! It was my first time having an advent calendar, mince pies, Christmas crackers, gifts piled under the tree, multiple wreaths, and a big Christmas dinner followed by Boxing Day lunch made of leftovers. I especially love all the food!
A (very) new tradition I’ve adopted with my partner is to donate the money we would have spent on each other’s gifts, in years past, each to a charity of our choosing.
The best part of Christmas for me is the quiet and the leisurely pace. It’s the one time in the year when most people are taking time off work, and life slows down. Having a moment to relax amidst the calm is the greatest luxury for me, so I cherish this immensely.