Christmas can be a tricky season for some expats. It’s a time of great excitement, family reunions and epic, belly-bursting feasts that go on for hours. But if you’re far from home, it can be a little bittersweet. You might be celebrating without your loved ones, or trying to recreate long-held traditions in a very different setting.
There’s no right way or wrong way to celebrate the holidays - I’ve toasted Christmas with phở bò on the Mekong, mojo pork in balmy Havana and roast game on the South African veld - but there are a few handy tips I’ve developed over the years when it comes to recreating a traditional Western Christmas while you’re far away.
In the past, I’ve organised expat get-togethers for the holidays, inviting similarly far-away-from-home friends and co-workers to celebrate the season. These are often a great way to learn about other cultures and customs, picking up some new recipes along the way.
Every family has its own unique traditions around festive food, but it's exciting to add your own: by mixing a little of your new home with your old, you can create lasting memories that will stay with you forever, wherever you are in the world.