Traditionally, I’m not really what you would call a ‘Christmas person’.
Maybe I’m a bit of a Scrooge – but the endless songs we’ve heard a million times from the start of November, the cliche movies and obligation to dodge slow walkers in the shops don’t exactly fill me with joy. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the few days leading up to Christmas and of course the day itself, it’s just the advent period that’s never really excited me massively.
This year, however, I’ve got an unfamiliar feeling of butterflies creeping in. I think the main difference is I no longer live at home most of the time; I now really appreciate being there. Even though I don’t get homesick whilst I’m at uni, I do look forward to my visits home so much. The thought of going back in less than two weeks and spending the festive season with my family is super exciting.
Suddenly Christmas has started to mean a lot more.
I think when I lived at home all the time, it kind of just felt like another day with a bit of added excitement – there was never that element of ‘going home for Christmas’, which I’ve realised now is a big part of the hype.
I’m definitely enjoying the build-up a lot more, too. The lights, songs and shopping are only fuelling my eagerness to smash my deadlines and get home to enjoy myself!
I’m literally counting down the days now (9, btw) until I get to go home, spend Christmas and my 21st birthday with so many of my favourite people, and of course have lots of quality time with all my furry babies.
Having said that, I’m going to miss the friends I’ve made at uni so much. I can’t believe I’ve already made friends for life in the past few months. I’m so grateful for all the amazing people who have entered my life and made my first semester so overwhelmingly positive!
What are your plans this Christmas, and what are you looking forward to the most?