Oh hey, I guess it’s December 25th today.
By western standards, that means it’s Christmas.
By Britta living in a primarily Buddhist country standards–it means it’s just another day. As in, oh hey, I work today!
Tis the season to be jolly?
Sure doesn’t feel like it! For someone who’s used to spending the holidays in a frigid climate, I can’t grasp my head around the fact that it’s December…the holiday season…that it’s almost the new year.
It all feels weird and I’m okay with that…because lately, in the last couple years, I’ve been finding the holiday season more stressful than anything. Because I love this country and don’t want to be anywhere else in the world.
Most Thais view Christmas as a western curiosity–so yes, we are having Christmas festivities at school today, and yes, there are decorations here and there (by here and there, I mean primarily at Tesco). But it feels different. It doesn’t have the same meaning here.
In Thailand, I’ll be celebrating Christmas (and Hanukkah, even though that ended a few weeks ago) with some of TESOL friends. That said, it WILL be different because it IS different. This is my first Christmas away from home, away from my family, and away from SNOW (or at least cold, since last Christmas wasn’t even white).
I’m okay with all of this because it’s one more part of my adventure. I mean, really–Christmas in Thailand? If you would have told me last Christmas that I would be across the world teaching English in a primary school in Central Thailand ON CHRISTMAS DAY–I’d of said, “no way!” It’s funny the way life works out, where our journeys’ take us. As for me, I couldn’t be more grateful that my journey brought me here.
Merry Christmas from Thailand! Wherever you are in the world–whether you celebrate Christmas or not–may your day be filled with light and joy.