Hi, friends! I hope you all got the chance to spend some quality time with family and friends. This year, for Christmas, I was lucky enough to go to London and Ireland. It’s been incredibly nice, and I’m still here for the rest of the week! The photos I’ve compiled below are all from the London portion of my trip. We stayed on Park Lane, but we visited a lot of different places all over the Greater London area. While I have spent Christmas abroad before, it’s always a neat experience to see how different cities and countries prepare and celebrate the holidays.
Because we were abroad for Christmas, and have been previously as well, I have realized a few things about this special holiday that I wanted to share. I’ve realized that in order to be present and fully enjoy the true meaning of Christmas, we have to let go of our preconceived, commercial, notions of Christmas. Forget the matching pajamas, perfect pictures, and hordes of presents. Strip all of that away, and you are left with a pure day celebrating love, joy, family, and gratefulness. I so much prefer the simple act of giving one gift to a family member (secret Santa style is the way my family does it) to show you were thinking about them then tearing through gifts in a way that celebrates materialism. Christmas shouldn’t be a competition of who can post the cutest Instagram or who has the most presents. It should be based all on love. Christmas is a day for love.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not so naive that I don’t understand that decorating for the holidays, going to Christmas parties, and posting pictures of the holiday is ‘wrong’. I simply mean that this is a time to reflect on the reason for the season, and not let materialism and commercialism get in the way of that. Sorry for the rant 🙂 , and with that said, I wish you all a happy, healthy St. Steven’s Day.
Merry Christmas to you all, and expect more pictures soon!Remember to subscribe!