Our first Christmas together as a married couple was also my first Christmas ever being away from friends and family during the holiday season. Simply put, it just feels strange and different without many of the traditions you grew up doing. You make up your ‘once in a lifetime’ Christmas since you know there will most likely not be another one like it, where you are this far away home. To be blunt I would not have been able to do this if it weren’t for video chat. I felt like we were right there with our family, catching their jokes, watching them open up gifts and even joining the table for their Christmas breakfast. With the time difference we had the chance to make up our own Christmas celebrations in Bruge and still catch up with both families later on in the day.
David and I decided since we were going on this trip to Bruge we would allow ourselves to spend £20 each to stuff up our stockings with. David also got to experience for the first time me waking him up every couple hours throughout the evening saying, ‘it’s Christmas’, until the alarm actually went off at 8:15. We got up, dressed (in our Christmas onsesies) had breakfast at the hostel and then opened our stockings in the bunk beds. It felt like we were kids again.
If you’re wondering what you can get for £20 to stuff a stocking with for a female aged 23 year old, you can get: a hot water bottle (I forgot my sheep one back in Canada so David got me one that even feels like sheep!), a head massager (gift that keeps giving), a toothbrush holder (I didn’t have one for mine and they’re really cute), and finally a wonderful large package of After Eights. Total success all picked out by David. For a male aged 26 you can get: gum, maltesers, leather notebook, werthers original, mechanical pencils and bacon lip balm.
After we opened our stockings, David and I went out and spread plenty of Christmas cheer throughout the city! Our outfits were quite the hit and we even had some people ask to get their photo with us. Since it was Christmas and all we didn’t ask for tips ;) We danced to a man playing jingle bells on the accordion, picked up some nice chocolate truffles (all the flavours we like) and explored the city. Bruge is a beautiful city to see and there were plenty of people out on Christmas day. Most of the shops and restaurants were open. In the evening we just took it easy, caught up on our sleep and prepared ourselves for the next day in Brussels.