Expat Unplugged: From Christmas Fear to Christmas Cheer!

Andrea , 28 Dec 2010
Christmas @ Hard Rock Cafe
Christmas @ Hard Rock Cafe
MissMalini and Nowshad Rizwanullah
MissMalini and Nowshad Rizwanullah

diaryI am proud to announce I successfully spent my first Christmas away from my family. By success, I mean no tears or avoiding calls from home and taking my Christmas spirit out on the town. For some, you may think this is a trivial accomplishment, but for me the thought of being abroad for the holidays was about as tempting as chocolate coated pickles. Sure I love chocolate and pickles, but combined? I’ll pass.
This country once again proved to me it is indeed ‘Incredible India’. Between the Christmas spirit oozing out of my friends and coworkers, thoughtful Secret Santas, lights lining the streets of Bandra and multiple invites to Christmas events around the city flooding my inbox, my icy attitude toward Christmas abroad melted before it even had a chance to dampen my spirit.

Here are 5 things that made my list for favorite Christmas in Mumbai memories:

Nowshad Rizwanullah and Andrea Brown
Nowshad Rizwanullah and Andrea Brown
Bloody Mary Shots
Bloody Mary Shots

1. Looking out at the sea of people rocking Santa hats with style on the rooftop of Aer on Christmas Eve
2. The perfectly spiced Bloody Mary Cocktail, but beware of Bloody Mary Shots… gross.
3. My family and friends Skype date during their Christmas dinner. Yes, my friends still went to spend the holiday at my mother’s home even though I was not there. Just because I have broken tradition doesn’t mean everyone else should, right?

MissMalini
MissMalini

4. The calculated process used to cut around MissMalini’s figure on the Christmas cake by very polite guests. Too sweet!
5. Fighting the urge to rip open the Christmas cards and presents sent all the way from home until Christmas morning. I am now the proud owner of a dozen chocolate bars, jewelry, an adrenaline package, and a ticket to visit home this April. Yay!

Christmas @ MissMalini's House
Christmas @ MissMalini's House

Perhaps I should also give this chocolate coated pickle thing a shot as well. You never know until you try!

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