I am almost about to finish my Christmas (night of December 25, 2018) for the fifth consecutive year in Melbourne, Australia🇦🇺 All these have been very different, but no less special than those lived together with my family in Chile 🇨🇱during my whole life before the most extensive and distant move, I have had so far.
Yes, I must admit that whenever these important and so familiar dates arrive I cannot avoid becoming nostalgic and a little bit weepy 😢… Well, it is obvious, when you spend your whole life with your relatives and closest and everything changes because you decided to pursue dreams to the other side of the world and you end up celebrating with new people, it is inevitable not to miss the familiarity of the Christmas dinner next to the turkey 🦃, the eggnog (as we call it in Chile “cola de mono’ or “monkey tail”🐒), the indispensable Easter bread 🍞 (that here is called panettone in Italian version, a bit drier, but not as bad as I thought it could be) and the inevitable Kevin McCallister 🎞 (but in Spanish version and by some national TV channel).
Cola de mono (Chilean Eggnog version)
Panettone (Italian version of the Chilean Easter bread)
Original (language) Home Alone
Undoubtedly, these five Christmases away from home, have totally transformed the concept of what this celebration is for me 🎄🎄🎄
In Chile, Christmas is a bit overwhelming (to say the least). More and more people are daring to install the Christmas tree in October and completely decorate their homes to start with the ‘Christmas spirit’ almost two months in advance. Well, it was as logical that it would end up happening, after September 18 (national holidays in Chile) and shop windows throughout the country are plagued with Christmas motifs everywhere. Trust me … everywhere.
In Melbourne, everything is installed from the end of November or from the middle of December 1. When you are in this city for the first time, everything strikes you, it is wonderful and beautiful. However, when you go to the second Christmas, you realize that everything is (or almost) the same as the year before. Without big differences. I’m not saying it’s bad, but it’s losing grace and interest.
Inauguration of the Christmas celebrations in Melbourne version 2018
Christmas in Melbourne (Federation Square)
Christmas in Melbourne (Queen Victoria Market)
Christmas in Melbourne (Crown Casino)
Christmas in Melbourne (Royal Arcade)
Christmas in Melbourne (Melbourne Town Hall)
Personally, every year I try to see what else I can, I also love to go out and take pictures around the city and make new shots, but this fifth year I was only surprised by 20% and 80% was the same as four years ago. Nice, but the same as always.
With regard to the decoration of houses inside and outside (and now that I live in a suburb) little and almost nothing. In Chile, it is more exaggerated. However, I understand that some sectors (in the outskirts of the city, especially) if they are totally excessive in terms of Christmas decorations abroad refers🌟🌟🌟
At the same time, as the days advance and Christmas approaches, there is no big congestion of people on the streets. Even its density is almost normal to that of any summer day. This leads me to think three things:
1.- People are very organized in their purchases 🤔
2.- All (or the vast majority) make them online 👩🏼💻or,
3.- There are many people who don’t celebrate Christmas (and I think it is the most logical). In this country, there are people from many nations who don’t celebrate Christmas for different reasons (especially religious) and therefore for them, this date has nothing special.
In any case, I have been able to realize that this society is almost inconceivable to go crazy in this season. At least I have rarely seen them like this, in fact, I feel that Christmas doesn’t matter as much (honestly). Very different from what happens in Chile, where the opposite happens. Streets crowded since December 1 and the closer the more conglomerated date is, in these circumstances, it is grateful to be on this side of the world at this time 😅
As for food, well this year with David we decided to celebrate Christmas alone in our house (something more familiar and intimate) so we organized several days in advance to make purchases in the market and in the supermarket. I thought that buying a turkey two or one days before Christmas was impossible … because I was deeply mistaken, if there were lots of them (!) In the market and supermarkets almost everywhere (at least that’s what I saw).
The market was a bit more crowded than normal, but not more crowded than a Saturday summer day and the supermarket was the same as any weekend. I think if we had taken the day and we had gone to the beach there were all. Zero stress and a lot of relaxing.
Two days in advance we were able to find all the ingredients of our Christmas dinner without any problem and to celebrate Christmas Eve in a Chilean – Australian way: enough food (until the new year #kidding!), a good wine, ‘cola de mono’ and the indispensable dessert pavlova (Australian tradition that we adopted since we celebrated Christmas together in this country) which is a cake of cold egg white with cream and fruit of choice deposited on top. Wonderful 🤩
This Christmas was a little different from others we have celebrated, as it was far from parties, loud music, typical dishes from friends from other countries, dancing until the early hours and without the famous Australian game of ‘Kris Kringle’. It was a little more Chilean style and totally familiar next to the Christmas tree.
Christmas in our house (Melbourne, Australia)
It was a nice Christmas Eve 🎄
I hope your night has been magical wherever you are, and never forget to take advantage of every moment, every Christmas, you never know when everything can change … for the better (of course!) 🌟
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