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24 Things That Perfectly Describe What It's Like To Be An Expat During Christmas

Oh sure, I'd love to pay this customs charge for my own Christmas presents.

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5. You start to embrace the traditions of your new home, like mulled wine.

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6. And OTT office Christmas parties.

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7. You discover your own way of doing things.

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8. But still any Christmas ornaments that you've brought over from home are the most precious of all, and get prime spot on your tree.

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9. You try your best to re-create some of your favourite things about Christmas at home, such as:

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11. But there are some things you just can't recreate or replace.

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Like snuggling with your family dog on Christmas day.

12. Every year you vow to only send gifts on Amazon, but you hate that your gifts are missing that personal touch.

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Such as your signature, shitty wrapping.

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13. So, you've become very well versed on the shipping restrictions at the Post Office.

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17. You've had to race to get your parcels sent by the cut-off date.

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Only to then have to stand in the queue for approximately FOREVER.

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18. You've also had to pay a customs charge for your own Christmas presents.

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Which is the true meaning of Christmas, obviously.

22. As has Skyping your friends in your new home when you do go back for Christmas.

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23. When you do go home for Christmas, you realise that there are things you miss about the new place you live, and that your Christmases will never be the same.

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