My Christmas Must Haves

My Christmas Must Haves

Christmas is my favourite time of year. It’s a time for family and friends to celebrate love, hope and pray for goodwill for the new year. The holidays are also a time for great food, parties and gifting from the heart. Even though I never seem to have everything I want, here I have listed my Christmas must haves for the holiday season.

“It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree, it’s who’s around it that truly matters.”

Good Food 

My Christmas Must Haves- Good Food

Good Food

I love food. Food is the one thing I can always count on when I am feeling home sick. I have been living in Japan for about one year, and this means that I have been without family for a year. A traditional Jamaican Christmas dinner has chicken, rice and peas, curried goat, baked ham and a plethora of juices and sides.

Last Christmas, I came up with a mini version of this dish and I promised myself that I would eat this every Christmas by myself until I had a family of my own to share the recipes with. My favourite recipe, though, is Jamaican rice and peas using gungo peas from back home and a really good, well-seasoned baked chicken. I also love potato salad with fresh mayonnaise and steamed vegetables. I can just smell the chicken even now. What is your favourite Christmas recipe?

Warm Coat es

My Christmas Must Haves- Warm Coat

Warm Coat

Okinawa is the warmest prefecture in Japan. This means that for the greater portion of the year, it’s sunny days and blue skies. In December, however, it starts to get very cold. Very cold, to me, means anything below twenty degrees Celsius. I wasn’t prepared for that when I first got here, and the first chance I got, I grabbed two warm coats. 

A warm coat for me is one winter must have that I couldn’t live without. Even as I type, I am wearing one of the coats I bought in Forever 21. A warm coat does not have to be expensive to be great. Both coats cost about USD$15 at Bershka and Forever 21 on sale but there are similar ones also available on Amazon.

Good Moisturizer

My Christmas Must Haves- Good Moisturizer

Good Moisturizer

A good moisturizer is one of my Christmas must haves that I place as top priority. Living in a humid climate makes my skin extremely dry. The air is moist but that just wreaks havoc on my hair and skin. My go-to moisturizer during the winter season is coconut oil. Coconut oil is used in a number of beauty products which range from shampoos to face cremes.

Extra virgin coconut oil contains many  antibacterial and anti-fungal ingredients. It can also serve as an excellent moisturizer, because it can penetrate hair better than many other oils. Bonus, coconut oil also smells divine. You can go around smelling like a brand new batch of cookies or a divine cake, fresh out of the oven.

Friends Or Family To Celebrate With 

My Christmas Must Haves- Friends Or Family To Celebrate With

Friends Or Family To Celebrate With

I said earlier that I promised to eat my traditional Christmas dinner by myself. Ideally, I prefer having some friends or family to celebrate with so we can take the time to bond and really build a bridge. Christmas is not really a family or friends event in Japan, it is mainly for couples. This means that for everyone it’s work as usual.

During my year on IE Island, I have formed a few friendships with the residents of IE. One of the biggest highlights of my day is heading to my Board of Education to sign out, check in with my supervisor and share a good laugh with the persons working there.

Family and friends just make Christmas that much more special, and this year I have decided to invite everyone over for a traditional Jamaicanese Christmas dinner. At this dinner, we can just relax, talk, eat great Japanese and Jamaican food, and tighten our bonds as we prepare for the new year. I think it is a great opportunity to let your hair down and build connections despite existing cultural barriers.

Christmas Decorations

My Christmas Must Haves- Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

DIYs are awesome. Christmas inspired DIYs are even more awesome. A DIY or do-it-yourself is when you take something that you would normally buy and, well, do it yourself. The holiday season is full of laughter, fun and pretty houses and stores to look at. Christmas decorations add to the excitement and the scenery.

For me, Christmas decorations, remind me of home. When I look at a tree or a hand-crafted ornament, I am flown back, all the way across the seas to Jamaica. Every year I use one class to make Christmas ornaments with my students. It is a no-stress English class where everyone gets to have fun.

The best part of these classes is seeing the student’s creativity come alive. You’d be surprised that even the shyest of students becomes the greatest of artists. I also decorate my apartment with the best ones from each class. It really warms my heart and makes me feel that much closer to them.

How About You?

My Christmas Must Haves- How About You?

How About You?

Many of my Christmas must haves include non-material things such as the people I invite to dinner or the students who help to make decorations. It might be something small, but what is the one item (non-material) that you must have this Christmas? Is it your mom who lives in a different state? Does it involved visiting and helping out in that shelter you’ve been passing all year? Whatever it is, go for it. Go visit your mom or dad. Volunteer your time and spread some Christmas cheer. You’ll be so glad you did.


So there you have it. These are my Christmas Must Haves.

My last posts are linked below. Be sure to check them out as well:

10 SIMPLE WAYS TO START YOUR NEW YEAR THE RIGHT WAY

 

CHRISTMAS SONGS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

 

10 DAILY HABITS OF A WORRY FREE PERSON

 

HOW TO BE SINGLE AND HAPPY IN 7 EASY STEPS

 

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Comments (59)

  • Kim J 1 month ago Reply

    Every year I can’t decide if I should spend the holidays with friends or family! So, I do both. Family Mid Day to Evening and Friends house by 6pm of course I tell them save me a plate lol!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Lol this actually sounds like a great idea! I love it.

  • Taneisha 1 month ago Reply

    Such a great Post!

  • Sabina 1 month ago Reply

    I would not survive without a warm coat!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    I would probably freeze to death

  • natoya 1 month ago Reply

    Great article! a really great moisturizer is a must have for the harsh winter. But good friends makes the holiday worth celebrating

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Yes they do make a wave of a difference. Moisturizers are my best friend though 🙂

  • Stacy Karyn 1 month ago Reply

    Yess, love it! A warm coat can really make a difference in making the Christmas season magical!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Yes! A good warm coat will make you feel a world of a difference.

  • Perri 1 month ago Reply

    These Christmas must haves are all so true! I love that you didn’t just list all the presents you want to receive… its such a lovely post. Good food is top of my list, getting all warm and snug, relaxing and spending time with loved ones.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Yes. Thank you. I find that presents are great but people and experiences make a bigger difference to others.

  • Yondel 1 month ago Reply

    Lovely post- it reminds me how much work I have to do to get ready for Christmas 😩

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Haha. Try to have a bit of fun during the holidays as well. It will make the fuss worth it

  • Kay 1 month ago Reply

    Good food and good company!! Hope you have a wonderful christmas!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you, same to you! Merry Christmas.

  • Vivian 1 month ago Reply

    I also need all of these things, that’s why it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Indeed. Have a Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Cristine 1 month ago Reply

    I definitely agree with the good food. Food brings back so many holiday memories.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Doesn’t it? Good food makes such a difference

  • Sarah McLarkey 1 month ago Reply

    Lovely post and I love that it doesn’t say GIFTS!! Christmas is so much more than that 🙂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Than you. Material things aren’t whtat makes christmas “Christmas” to me.

  • Victoria 1 month ago Reply

    Wow – living in Japan must be amazing, but definitely seems hard this time of year. You seem to be doing great! Definitely share your Christmas meal with us once made!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    It is an amazing experience. I definitely will share pics, details and recipe. Thanks for the idea!

  • Iriediva 1 month ago Reply

    Christmas for couples, wow! I couldn’t imagine Christmas without family. It’s always interesting to see how the rest of the world does their thing. I could use a reason to wear a cute sweater and coat tho!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Lol that’s so cute. Yes it is VERY different here but I am trying my best to keep my own traditions alive.

  • Carolyn Griffin 1 month ago Reply

    I love this post, we have the same must haves in common. Your DIY’s I am in love with. Thank you for sharing this, now I am looking for another coat.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you and good luck with your coat search!

  • Angelica Sereda 1 month ago Reply

    Good food, decorations and my loves 🙂

  • Felicia 1 month ago Reply

    Good moisturizer is an absolute must! My Christmas must-haves are: layered clothes, wine, delicious food, friends and family, and decor.

  • Felicia 1 month ago Reply

    Good moisturizer is an absolute must! My Christmas must-haves are: layered clothes, wine, delicious food, friends and family, and decor. Great post!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you!!

  • My Christmas isn’t complete without a nice jug [haha!] of sorrel 😀 and to think, I despised it up until a few years ago.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    lol I still can’t wrap my head around sorrel. I think I’m still on the fence

  • Ashvin 1 month ago Reply

    Food has to be my must have. I saw that cake at the beginning and I saw gob smacked. But going back to food, I like a nice, warm, crispy duck for Christmas, it’s unique but tasty!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Ohh I have never had duck but it does sound very good.

  • Angie 1 month ago Reply

    Yes – Food, Friends & Warmth! Sounds like a perfect Christmas!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    It is!

  • Trisha 1 month ago Reply

    Great list! Moisturizer is a must have for me through the cold holiday season. And lip balm! 🙂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    How could I forget lip balm? My lips would die without them.

  • Ana 1 month ago Reply

    Great post! I agree with everything on your list. As I’ve gotten older Christmas has become more of a wonderful mix of feelings and all of the senses. Good food and great company is at the top of my must-have list. Thanks for sharing your wonderful list!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Aww I love this comment. I hope you have the best Christmas!

  • Cristine 1 month ago Reply

    I’m a fan of simple Christmas decorations. Just some red and gold accents make a difference

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Me too. This year it’s blue and silver for me 🙂

  • SaraLyn 1 month ago Reply

    Great list. My skin get incredibly dry in winter. A good lotion is a must have!!

  • Nella 1 month ago Reply

    I really love this list! Amazing job!

  • Luci 1 month ago Reply

    A good moisturizer is key for me because that is when my skin becomes the driest.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Me too. Coconut oil is the bomb for my skin

  • Rebel Housewife 1 month ago Reply

    Love the Merry Christmas sign and this list! I just discovered coconut oil and I am obsessed!! I feel like I’m on vacation when I apply it! 😂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Haha. I know coconut oil magical but it seems to have whisked you off to a fantasy island lol

  • Kate 1 month ago Reply

    Family, friends, and good food absolutely make my holiday complete!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    That’s wonderful. Happy holidays!

  • Alice Bolte 1 month ago Reply

    My Christmas must-haves are family as well (love the quote at the beginning of your post!) and Christmas Eve church service – it always feels so magical with all the beautiful Christmas songs!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    I really miss Christmas morning services. Where I am they don’t have any but I loved going back in Jamaica.

  • Jocelyn 1 month ago Reply

    I love the idea of using pine cones or other “winter” materials to assist with wrapping a gift. It looks adorable!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you so much. DIYs are lots of fun

  • Kate 1 month ago Reply

    Amen to the moisturizer! I also love the good food. Any warm, comfort food makes the cold season so much more enjoyable!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Now you are speaking my language. Comfort food is the best!

  • suresh lukhi 1 week ago Reply

    This article important the for me is.Keep it up and thanks to the sharing.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 week ago Reply

    Thank you

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