Our teachers at English for Internationals love the holiday season. This time of year is very close to our hearts, and we are looking forward to celebrating it. For some people, celebrating the holidays can be difficult because they are in a different country. The staff here at English for Internationals want everyone to have a wonderful holiday season. Because of that, we want to share some tips on how to enjoy the holidays when you are in a foreign country.
Below are a few tips on how to have an enjoyable holiday season when you are in a different country.
The United States is the melting pot of the world. That means that so many people from various or different cultures live in the United States. In the U.S., your friends likely celebrate different holidays during the winter. Embrace these cultural differences and focus on friends and family. Do not isolate yourself during the holidays. In other words, do not spend the holidays alone. Spend this holiday season with whomever you are closest to. Because of this, you might have to celebrate a different holiday than what you’re used to, but that’s why we suggest the following tip.
On the day of your traditionally celebrated holiday, reach out to your friends and family back home. Spending a holiday away from home can be difficult. Make the day feel as special as possible by calling your loved ones back home. You can do this through voice chat or video chat. With smartphones, tablets, and laptops, this should be relatively easy to coordinate. You might have to account for a time change because you are in a different time zone, so keep that in mind when planning a time to contact your friends and family.
Spending the holiday season in a different country means you get to experience some of the different holidays that are celebrated around the world. Christmas is the most commonly practiced winter holiday in the United States, but a large amount of the population celebrates different holidays, just like the rest of the world. Below are a few of the most commonly practiced holidays.
Of course, this short list does not cover every single winter holiday. These are a few of the most commonly celebrated holidays around the world.
At English for Internationals, we have a supportive culture that embraces diversity and celebrates the different traditions of the world. While learning English, our students enjoy learning about the different cultures around the world.