my last month in Nova Scotia has gone by, which was December and that meant: Christmas!
I always loved Christmas when it gets dark and you can see the christmas trees through every house's window with its lights
or when you can just get cozy on the couch with a hot drink, a christmas movie and friends. This year Christmas was different than to what I'm used to tough. In Germany Christmas is celebrated on the 24th, in the night, which is different from the Canadian tradition. In Canada the 24th is Christmas Eve and in the morning of the 25th is Christmas Morning on which you open your present and usually a Christmas Dinner is following, later that day. This wasn't the only difference to the past years that I celebrated Christmas. This year was the first year I spent apart from my family around that time, but my second family here in Nova Scotia made us such a nice Christmas, so that we missed our families a little bit less.
Snow, snow ... and snow
Right at the beginning of December it started to snow a lot. It was so much that we had no school, because the snow would have made it too hard and unsafe for all the students to come to school. My host sister and I took advantage of that obviously and spent most of the day outside, being in the snow, making a snowman. In the following days it snowed more and more and it got colder with each day. Two weeks after the first snowday my host sister and I woke up and heard the sentense, which all students like to hear: "You have no school today" On this day it was -19 degrees cold outside and a storm was expected to come, so the school board decided to not have us go to school, again. We spent the day at home drinking hot chocolate and watching a christmas movie to get into the christmas mood. I never have had snowdays before, in Germany and I really liked it, I mean who wouldn't ? I have always loved snow and how everything looks so pretty with freshly fallen snow that's why I really enjoyed it. I never had this much snow at home, just when I would go somewhere on holidays so I was really excited to have a lot snow.
Christmas in Canada
Our Christmas preperations started with decorating the house, and let me tell you, we had a lot to decorate. I really liked to do it,
since I never really decorated my house in Germany for Christmas. I was really surprised about how many people change thier gardens to little "winter wonderands" with lights, Santas, Reindeers and ornaments and I enjoyed looking at all the houses when it got dark and everyone turned on the lights.
Christmas isn't Christmas without the tree, so we went to our neighbour's tree farm, cut a tree and decorated it with many nice little ornaments. My host mother could tell us something to every ornament, either from who she got it from, from where it is or when she made them herself, which was really nice because almost every ornament on the tree had a little story. Now that our home looked prepared for Christmas it was about us to get into the christmas mood. We watched a lot of christmas movies with hot chocolate and blankets on the couch, baked four kinds of cookies and went to christmas parties.
On Christmas Eve we didn't do much, because my host mother had to work unfortunately, so we stayed at home, watched movies and put all of our presents under the tree, whilst our hostfather prepared the dinner for the next day. On Christmas Morning we had a little gift giving over at our host mom's mothers house and went to our house afterwards to open our presents there. It was a lot of fun and my host sister and I got so many great presents. My host parents' daughter came over with her partner and son, later that day. We had our Christmas Dinner on the 26th with crackers and a big turkey with stuffing, carrots, peas, mashed potatoes and more, ate until we were totally full and just had a little bit of family time, just how the christmas time is supposed to be.
Our Christmas tree with the presents underneath and the Christmas Dinner table
Two of the Christmas parties we went to, of course with ugly christmas sweaters ;-)
Now Canadian Christmas has become one of my many "Nova Scotia memories".
I am really grateful that I could spend this celebration with my host family and
I am trying to push away the thought, that I have to leave in some days.
A belated Merry Christmas from me, I hope you had some nice days that you spent with your loved ones.