Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 250 of 365: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

FINALLY have the Christmas tree up.

I don't know about you, but when I lived in the States, I always had my tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Now, sticking with "English tradition" according to Ian, the tree goes up 12 days before Christmas, and comes down 12 days after. So, you could imagine the suspense that was killing me all day yesterday when I KNEW it was going to go up.

I thought that Ian and I could have a cute, quaint evening putting the tree together, and hanging up the baubles, but Ian slept on the couch as I put it all

And yes, it's a black tree. Ian wanted something "less traditional" so a black tree it was.

Oh well, it's up now and I'm happy. Although, it's not the same because I have none of my Christmas decorations from the States. I had asked my Mom months ago if she could mail them to me, she said she would, and I haven't received them yet nor has she mentioned them to me at all. So, to me Christmas isn't the same this year.

And I've been missing Ohio as well. The craziness of the holidays. The traditions that we had. Seeing friends and family and their trees. I've really been down since before Thanksgiving (which, Ian and I went down to Brixham to have Thanksgiving dinner with Josy and her husband, Jason). Every once and awhile something will remind me of Ohio, or some little thing will set off the water works. Maybe it's just difficult since this is my first holiday season EVER that I've been away from my family? Plus, not having internet for so long I had no contact with anyone from the States for quite awhile. will see how the rest of this holiday season goes. Mind you, I wouldn't trade being with Ian for the world, just hit another adjustment period in the "living in a foreign land" process. I'm sure it'll all pass.


  1. When I first moved to England (all by myself) I didn't have internet or a landline for 6 weeks. I can honestly say it was the worst 6 weeks of my life. I was so depressed and homesick. I felt very isolated from my friends and family in America. Hopefully now that you have it you'll start to feel a bit happier! The short days don't help, but it doesn't last forever!

  2. Thanks, Kim. :) It is a bit better now that I have email, internet, a phone, etc. Things'll get better, I know. But thank you!

  3. In the States ours was always up the day of Thanksgiving after we got done eating and came down after New Years! hehe And that tradition has followed us as I can not wait that long to put everything up. :)