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Christmas Differences Between Korea And Australia

Merry Christmas everyone!

We hope you all had an eventful day with loved ones and got to enjoy a lot of food.

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^Above is our Christmas lunch: Lamb with mint sauce (mint picked from dad’s aqua-ponics system); turkey with cranberry sauce and a macadamia and apple stuffing; buttered peas; roasted pumpkin; and a sweet potato, onion, potato, bacon pie, baked in cream, eggs, garlic and S&P.

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Mum and dad put this gazebo together so we could all enjoy our meal outside without having to share with the flies. Aunty L. folded serviette crowns. Lamb was slow cooked then finished off on the BBQ. All the cooking was done outside on the BBQ to try to stop the house from overheating… It got to 35.5•c inside. Thankfully the skies let out an hour after eating and it’s cooled off now.

Leftovers abound and dessert of trifle topped with whipped cream and peaches poached in sherry were eaten for dinner.

I LOVE Christmas. It really is ‘the most wonderful time, of the year’. Bobby hasn’t experienced an Aussie Christmas yet.

Bobby quote:

 “It’s not possible to have Christmas in the summer time and without snows.”

I had a Christmas in Korea and, with the exception of a few of us waygooks (foreigners) gathering in the morning of Christmas day, it was deflating. How I  longed for the family and feasting!

CHRISTMAS IN KOREA

**what you’ll miss**

FAMILY

Christmas time in Korea is a “couple’s” day. Bobby’s brother snuck out to have a date with his girlfriend. It’s also a day for solos to wallow; cause having a partner/ being a couple in Korea is the bees knees.

Families don’t gather or call each other. It has a materialistic feeling to it with all the lights and ‘Christmas sales’ because it doesn’t have that family meaning connected to it. If you’re starting to think Koreans don’t have family time, never fear, Christmas is a western tradition. They gather and celebrate with family during their two main holidays of Chuseok and Seolnal.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT AT CHRISTMAS

The news reporters and police don’t give updates on where Santa is in the sky, or where he’s flying to next..

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Carollers don’t stroll through the mall singing jingle bells (they might do this in the capitals, but they hadn’t in our old town) and other merry tunes.

Christmas movies don’t play on the TV and there aren’t many Christmas shows.

FOOD

There’s no denying that Korea has the best food, however nothing plummets those emotions more than when an unattainable food craving strikes. 95% of apartments are without ovens. Scratch the roast meal idea. Unless the heavens chose you and had everything in your life mapped out, to wind up in an apartment with an oven. Congratulations! You should buy a lotto ticket. Seriously.

Aussie and kiwi seafood fanatics: Kilos of fresh prawns with lemon and tartare sauce, peeled out in the sunshine of your backyard or by the beach…없어요. Write that one off too.

Salads and BBQ. It’s too cold for that!

^^^It’s not all doom and gloom^^^

  • If you’re from the Southern Hemisphere you will get to have a white Christmas, perhaps your first!
  • All the other waygooks feel the same: you can commiserate together and make your own little families and Christmas cheer
  • You can learn and create new dishes for the table, do a potluck or go out
  • If you have weirdo family members, you’re not forced to hang out with them
  • If you’re a gift giver you can save your pennies cause postage is insanely priced
  •  Korea has amazing internet, so you can freely watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music online without it lagging
  • You can buy little toaster ovens that work really well!

I’ve run out. The best thing to do is make your own Christmas traditions and happiness wherever you go. Skyping the family is a double edged sword but do it anyway.

I can’t wait for Bobby to experience Christmas our way, as family time and not another couple day.

What’s Christmas like in your country? Do you have bigger celebratory days? Most importantly, what do you eat for the festivities?

Merry Christmas -Chan (and Bob)

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