Enjoying the Holiday Season away from Home

The festive season is a magical time of year when families come together, but what happens when you are far away from your loved ones? The end of the year draws people together with a joyful spirit, yet it can be an emotional time, whereby many expats are missing their families and close friends from home. If you are about to spend the holidays away from home, here are some tips to help you make the most of it.

Create New Traditions

Although being far from your loved ones is one of the hardest elements of living and working in a foreign country, you shouldn’t let that ruin the holiday season for you. Singapore is brimming with expats from many regions, so you should be able to find a few Orphan Christmas events to keep your spirits high. 
Your other option is to embrace the culture that has welcomed you and combine it with the comfort of old traditions. For instance, a traditional Christmas dinner can be just as exciting with a local twist.

Singapore is home to people from a range of different backgrounds, boasting many cuisines and that is reflected in the type of ingredients available in your local stores. Be adventurous and try something new. If you don’t feel like cooking, book a table at one of the many mouthwatering restaurants you’ll find in Singapore.  

Invite People Over

Your relocation to Singapore meant leaving old friends behind but there is always the chance to make new lasting friendships. The holiday season is the perfect time to get to know new people. Don’t worry if they don’t celebrate the same holidays as you because this may make them more likely to want to join you and learn about your traditions. Other expats or coworkers would also appreciate taking part in your celebrations. 

Celebrate Like the Locals

Singaporeans love the holiday season and during this time there is no shortage of Christmas trees and fake snow. Orchard Road is lavishly decorated and you’ll be immediately immersed in the vibrant festive mood. Singaporeans love to dine and shop and you can definitely help yourself to a healthy helping of retail therapy and a good dose of indulgence with fantastic food from around the world. Marina Bay is the place to see in the New Year. Enjoy a spectacular firework display and food and drink from the artisanal marketplace.

Lift Your Spirits

When you’re homesick, it is easy to ignore all the fun events around you. Try not to let yourself drown in longing for the people who aren’t with you and embrace the ones around you now. It’s not always easy to spend time away from loved ones but by being open to new experiences you’ll have amazing stories to tell your family when you do catch up with them. 

If you’re on your own, buy yourself a present and treat yourself. If you’re with your family, take everyone to one of the many events taking place in Singapore. Make a date with everyone at home to catch up on a video chat app so you can see their faces. Remember that although your family misses you and you miss them, nobody would want you pining away on your own during such a merry time of year.


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