While going home for the holidays may mean long flights and an overstuffed suitcase, it’s something I know I will always look forward to from this year onwards. Living abroad has taught me that Christmas is so much more than just a holiday cliché and here’s why I’m truly grateful to be home this most wonderful time of the year.
- The warm feeling of being back home and snuggling in my parents’ bedroom again, watching holiday movies with sis and sneaking grilled cheese into the room.
- Being back in my own time zone, sleeping in my own bed with a sign over it that says my name and is slightly embarrassing. And oh, duvets. Sweet glorious duvet.
- Driving suddenly becomes way more enjoyable than any other time during the year because you have the perfect excuse to render to Christmas songs to your heart’s content and possibly beautiful lights popping up everywhere you go.
- The morning you pulled out the mighty box of Christmas tree, lights, and ornaments and putting decorations up with people you love most.
- Baking Christmas cookies and the smell of freshly baked goods.
- Reuniting with my favorite cup of caramel macchiato and Starbucks has red cups so nothing else matters. (No they don’t have Starbucks in every single corner in Australia. You’re lucky to even spot one.)
- Having access to your entire wardrobe and make-up collection again. Because life with only 3 pair of shoes and one shade of eye shadow just ain’t the same.
- Catching up with old friends and family and being asked about life in Brisbane. Not to brag, but it’s been lit and definitely the highlight of the year.
- Family dinners that carry on forever and in which you had a little too much candies and end up dancing to The Chainsmokers with your little sister because sugar high is apparently a real thing. Also having family members tell embarrassing stories about you when you were little (which they tend to get more and more exaggerated every year.)
- Being fed like a child because your mother decides you’re not eating well enough at school and seems to want to satisfy all of your Indonesian food cravings. Also finally not having to worry about not being able to afford restaurant bills.
- Grandma’s occasional foot massages. And naps. So many naps.
- Spending time with your family, friends, and simply being surrounded by people who matter. Because there’s truly no place like home for the holidays.
I came to realize that the best things in life are the people we love and this year I appreciate being home more than ever before. Merry everything and a happy always. X