It’s been nine months since I moved to Sydney. I’ve loved every moment of it but right now I’m super excited to be “going home” for Christmas. I will be staying with my family for three weeks and enjoying my favourite time of year in England before shooting off to Thailand for New Year with my girlfriend. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Christmas, how I get equally excited by seeing James Stewart or Tim Allen on TV and how both Nat King Cole and Wizzard make me freak out and dance. I will be doing things I love that I just can’t do in Australia; picking out and decorating a Christmas tree, visiting my grandma and old friends, as well as shouting myself hoarse watching Leeds United. I am scared by the concept of an Australian Christmas, spending the day by the beach or the pool in 40 degree heat, eating seafood or having a barbecue. I’ll do it one day but maybe I’m still acclimatising.
Then again, the temperature difference will probably kill me. I wear jumpers when it’s 23 degrees these days. So two hours in sub-zero temperatures at Elland Road will probably be more of a challenge than it used to be.
I love Christmas shopping. Most years I have waited until December and gone on a day trip or two, recently to Worcester, Cheltenham and Leeds. This year though I’ve done pretty much all my shopping in November. There are hundreds of things I wish I could take home to give to people. It still amazes me how expensive replica sports shirts are in Australia. I will never balk at forking out forty quid for a footy shirt again. I want to take a million things back with me to remind my parents of their time in Australia and to teach my little brother about this awesome country. Unfortunately there’s only so much I can carry.
Three weeks in the freezing cold will be brilliant, as will all the traditional Christmas stuff I love so much. (I still act like a six year old on Christmas morning!) I will, however, have one eye on a Thai beach as I plan my survival strategy for the infamous Full Moon party.
Hopefully I’ll post on my blog a couple of times when I’m in England but otherwise I will definitely be Instagramming (timothyhodge) and sharing stuff on Twitter. On the off chance I don’t post before then, have a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year.