About two days before Christmas, I pestered some of my friends and family and asked them to send me a photo celebrating the holidays around the world. It didn’t matter to me if they were doing something simple with their families or away traveling; I wanted to see what everyone was doing.
Traveling introduces you to new perspectives, ideas, and people. Some of my friends are from Ecuador, Brazil, Jerusalem, and Italy, though we were all raised in places and have different traditions, we’ve bonded with each other through travel. That’s the part about travel I like best: serendipitous encounters with people who become lifelong friends.
Each of them sent me a photo, taking the time out of their holidays, and I’m so grateful for their help. It made me realize how many more trips I need to take in 2016 if I’m going to see them all again soon!
A peek on holidays around the world:
Arthur, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
What’s a typical Christmas for you?
“I wake up early to surf around here then meet some friend at the beach play altinha (it is a Brazilian sport) really popular and this beach is the most popular for play altinha.”
Inma, Murcia, Spain
Is this a tradition you do every year with your friends?
“Yes, it’s an opportunity of gathering together, sharing, talking, and catching up.. Usually it’s difficult to get together all at the same time, but this day is the day we always make it.”
Molly and Dalton, Krabi, Southern Thailand
What are your thoughts about not being home for Christmas?
“We’re sad. We’re sad we’re not with family, but not sad about being in paradise rather than wintery Iowa.”
What do you normally do for Christmas?
“My mom and dad really like to have the family together but don’t make it such a big deal. With Christmas, we smoke trees, not just plants. Peace and love from Amsterdam.”
Søren, London, England
Why are you in London? (He’s from Copenhagen.)
“My family wanted to do something different this year. Glædelig jul (Merry Christmas in Danish)!”
Mercedes, Quito, Ecuador
What’s going on in this picture?
“My dad is baby Jesus.”
Maxi, Remagen, Rhine
What’s the best part of Christmas?
“In Germany, the end of Church is singing “Holy Night”, that’s very emotional… and the walk back home and the excitement of my little brother.”
Caroline, Bialystok, Poland
How is celebrating Christmas in Poland?
“This is my second one. My favorite part is seeing family that I can never see in America.”
Alex, Paris, France
Why do you love Christmas?
Jack, Bethlehem, Palestine
Whoa, real cool. I didn’t think I’d be getting a photo from Bethlehem.
Happy holidays to all my friends around the world, whatever holiday you’re celebrating! Merry Christmas from Ohio!
Where have you been that you enjoyed celebrating another holiday different from your own?