Well, Happy Christmas everyone! This is only going to be brief, I’m too stuffed with turkey to form a coherent thought at the moment. I thought I’d just mention something that I’ve noticed more and more since I came to university. Every time I’m away, it feels even weirder coming home. I think it’s because everything carries on as normal when you leave, and then you come back and you’re disrupting a routine that no longer factors you into it. Now that I’ve been in Germany, it’s been even weirder. I’ve gone from having to be completely independent, to coming back to having a set time for meals, and a time I have to be in bed, and it. is. weird! I also have two sisters and there’s definitely competition between the three of us now for who is “top dog”, which makes things a bit tense. I guess it’s a sign that I’m growing up and getting ready to be on my own, but it’s still a really strange feeling.
That having been said, being away made me appreciate this Christmas a lot more. It was nice to see all my relatives because I haven’t had the chance for the last 3 months. Also, having met a friend from Israel in Heidelberg who doesn’t celebrate Christmas as she is Jewish, she’s been really curious about Christmas and asked me to take photos of what happens so she can see. That’s also made me look at it with fresh eyes. I think it’s easy to be cynical about the huge consumerist aspect to Christmas nowadays, but it still seems to me that Christmas is a time for family to be together, no matter how little they get on with each other! And that’s a really nice thing.
Today I’m off to Wales to spend time with some more relatives, and apparently there’s deep snow there! So I hope you all enjoy the rest of the Christmas holidays, and I’ll be back in the New Year!