This was my first Christmas away from my family. Initially I really didn’t think it would be that big of a deal, but when the time came, I felt much more nostalgic than I expected. I missed the feelings I usually get around the holidays from things like driving around to Christmas music on the radio, seeing everyone bundled up in the cold, and picking out gifts for loved ones. I missed our family traditions: picking out and cutting down a tree, reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” decorating the tree, finding the pickle, having french toast (and candy) for breakfast. But mostly I missed my family and friends. Our Christmas wasn’t all bad, though – we managed to have a pretty indulgent (if not heartwarming) holiday. Here’s how Pete and I celebrated Christmas in Brisbane.
Note: this post is out of order from our itinerary, but I thought I should publish while it’s still relevant
Traveling from Gold Coast to Brisbane
Yep, we started off our Christmas by taking public transportation from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane. And on top of that, we missed our bus by a minute. It wasn’t so bad, though; while sitting at the bus stop for an hour, we got to watch Australians and tourists heading to the beach in Santa hats and beach attire, which was pretty entertaining. Another highlight? The train was free for Christmas!
This kind gesture (and our wine bottle bag) definitely lifted our spirits (get it?!?).
Checking In to the Brisbane Marriott
Does this deserve its own header? Yes – because it was that much of a highlight. Checking in to a gorgeous Marriott and having our own, clean room was the luxury we craved after spending a few days in a private room in the party town of Surfers. They even had Santa Claus greeting us in the lobby.
We went from this:
Video Chatting my Family
Right after we settled in to our room, I got to video chat with my family. Hearing their voices and seeing their smiling faces definitely made my day and gave me the taste of home that I needed.
Indulging in Food
Knowing that we wouldn’t have a kitchen in the Marriott, and that most restaurants would be closed on Christmas Day, we came armed with as much food
and wine as we could carry. Our snacks included the healthy choices of chips & french onion dip, Camembert cheese, french bread, sun-dried tomato dip, spicy salami, Tim Tams & chocolate chip cookies.
Indulging in Netflix
After slowly eating ourselves into a food coma, we binge watched Shameless on Netflix.
Have you ever had a holiday away from your family, when you normally celebrate with them? How did you cope?