..........since we arrived in Australia from the UK to start our new life......it's hard to believe that it has been that long, as it has passed so quickly. This time last year this first 'milestone' seemed liked a life time away. I couldn't see past the first month, let alone a year.
I feel that so far we made the right choice. No regrets......
first christmas in UK was fab - lots of us single homeless ( of sorts) people got together with friends we had made - fabulous. Then next one I had dh and we went to his family BUT so found that one harder. THen when dd1 came along
so sandcastles we started making some traditions for our family in the UK and have carried them on since being here - helped.
Cali - it's dh's family that is here. All mine are in the UK. This has been ok so far, am missing them, but not too bad. The hardest part is that we won't be able to go back for a few years & none of them will come here. They all hate flying! So it is up to me to visit there, if I want to see them. I think they are mad...they don't know what they are missing.
Eids - New traditions, yes that is what we need. The hardest for me was the weather, to be honest. We never had huge family christmases, so I didn't miss spending the day with them...it was all just so different, but good different!
i started last year that we would read the aussie 12 days of christmas leading up to chrissy and then the aussie night before christmas on christmas eve. We always go to carols by candlelight at my mum's church - usually the week before.
When in the UK - dh did the cooking - roasts etc.
Still trying to sort dinner plans here.
We do go to my aunt's christmas eve and the dds get spoilt and we exchange gifts with them then. Lovely spread and great night.
califrog - my mum is like that - even though she is aussie born and bred - lived in QLD all her life etc... still insists on roast for chrissy dinner. Know growing up we often went to grandparents for huge family dinners and it was always a roast BUT i know my dbs and sils and us would prefer seafood, lovely COLD ham and salads with cold sweets.