An unusal way to spend Christmas, at least for this Viking...
23.12.2011 30 °C
So I'm back on square one.
It's been almost a month since I last checked in here. A lot has happened in the past month. I don't even know where to begin.
Today is Christmas Eve. The day of celebration in Northern Europe, including my native Sweden. I'm used to spending this day with family. Inspite of my traveling over the last few years I've always had family around for Christmas. In Canada I had my brother over and I spent the holidays with my grandmother's cousins. All the other years I've managed to be back in the motherland over the season.
Now I find myself without family, on the other side of the world, where there is no snow, in the middle of summer. You can see I'm confused. They say you lose that special Christmas "feeling" the older you get. This time though it has nothing to do with my age, but rather the fact that I'm in summer mode. Santa's not supposed to come around when it's hot?
But I'm not sitting alone on this very special day. No, I'm at least having dinner with my housemate and an exchange of gifts. Hope the exchange happens tonight, as that is the tradition I'm used to.
My housemate has put on Christmas carols on vinyl whilst cooking and baking. She's doing everything she can to bring me some Christmas spirit, quite admirable, but possibly in vain.
Maybe I'm just too old, maybe it's the fact that I'm too far from family, or maybe I just don't like the idea of celebrating the birth of some religious figure over 2000 years ago. Personally I'd rather celebrate the winter/summer solstice, just like the people of old used to do, what Christmas was later based upon and replaced.
I didn't start this entry to spark a religious debate however. Each to his own faith, and I don't care, as long as you don't try to shove your beliefs down my throat.
The festive season aside, I now find myself in a position similar to where I started off in this country. However I'm sitting on a whole lot more experience, with more friends and knowledge of the city. I've added the RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certificate to my CV, and find myself looking for jobs in the hospitality business. Apparently the best time of the year to get into that field.
Yes, I left my old job. Nothing was coming from it anymore, and my attitude towards face to face marketing had dropped to an all-time low. I gained a lot of experience from it though, and wouldn't have it undone, I gained even more confidence and skyrocketed my social skills to a whole new level. Something that will be useful to me no matter what I get up to.
I will try to make a post about the upcoming year and my plans in the next week, as I have plenty of things to say. Not only about my own plans but also the fact that we are entering a year that has been talked about and anticipated for a very long time, we are entering the year 2012, the year the Mayan calendar ends, whatever implications that has.
For now I will leave you, and let you get back to your Christmas celebrations.
Merry Christmas everybody.
God Jul allesamman.