It was a different Christmas again for us in Qatar. However it was a bit easier for us this year then it was last year. We spent the week before Christmas in Cyprus where on every round about there were Christmas decorations. Big Santa’s and Christmas trees were present all over the city. It was so normal compared to Doha where they were making hotels take down decorations! Every shop or restaurant we went in to had Christmas Carols playing and you could feel the spirit of Christmas everywhere you went.
The Muppets enjoyed all the adventures in Cyprus, from the Wild Bird Park to all the Ruins, Parks and Beaches we found. We returned home to Doha with 2 more sleeps until Santa came. We had no internet when we returned home and not being able to talk to our family leading up to Christmas had us all a little down. Thankfully we are surrounded with amazing friends out here that really made Christmas feel special.
Christmas Eve we had a wonderful time with friends talking about our family traditions and how we celebrated Christmas as children. We watched the kids play themselves out and settle on the couch to watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol a movie that I watched as a kid so many times that I know it by heart.
We brought tired but excited boys home, got them in to their Christmas pyjamas and put them to bed. Christmas morning was exciting but over to quickly, we couldn’t talk to family on Skype so it seemed quiet, well as quiet as my house can be with the three muppets. We had neighbours and friends stop by with presents and Christmas cheer which brightened the morning and soon it was time to go to the hotel for lunch. It felt a bit more like Christmas now, we had done the same thing last year so it kind of felt like a tradition.
It was like any other day for a lot of people in Doha you could hear the mosque ringing out the call to prayer as we were wishing neighbours Merry Christmas and headed out the door. But once we entered the hotel it was like coming home, smiling faces of friends and strangers wishing each other Happy Christmas. Excited children running around, each of them comparing what they got from Santa Claus or Father Christmas. It was nice to be surrounded by so many families, we ate lots of wonderful food and sweets, drank lots of champagne and just enjoyed the day.
Our Christmas wasn’t like any other Christmas, it was filled with some old traditions and lots of new ones. I think that every Christmas will be like that for us out here, it makes you realize that you don’t really need the snow, the mall decorations or the carols to make it Christmas. Sometimes all it takes is people coming together, sharing stories, kind words and a couple glasses of champagne.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Holiday Season!