My happy and sad Christmas.

Hello everyone! Time flies so fast; it is three weeks already since I came to Philadelphia as an Au Pair for goAUPAIR. I can’t believe it. And I came exactly on time to experience Christmas with my Host Family in the USA. So, I am thrilled to share with you about my first Christmas here and everything that went with it.

After a lot of preparations with setting the tree, decorating the house, baking, shopping, baking again and wrapping presents it all came to an end on the 25th of December.

My hosting family and I were very excited for Christmas and everything that went along with it. We decided to wake up at 7 AM because the twins are usually up that time of the morning and we did not want them to wait any longer (or maybe it was us that could not wait.)

We all started with our Christmas stockings which was really fun for me because in my family we usually just open presents and do not do the whole stocking thing. Everyone opened everything really fast and was really happy with what they had in their stockings.

We all had a small breakfast after that to get some energy for all the other presents that were waiting on us and begging us to open them 🙂 The five kids all played their own Santa and got their gifts from under the tree themselves and at times we helped the twins to get their presents. All the children loved their gifts that Santa brought them and I loved my gifts!! I am a person that gets cold really quickly so I got a lot of nice and warm winter clothes which I love!!! Thank you!

Being so far away from my own family did hit me though and I was really sad, I skyped with my mother and brother and it was good to see that they were doing fine but still we could not help but to cry. It is times like these that I miss home the most but then I know that they support me and when I miss them or feel like I can not do this they are the ones that I can still phone no matter what the time and just cry or talk to them and they will help me to get through it somehow.

One of the other Au Pairs who is also from South-Africa picked me up at 2:30 PM and we had some lunch together and then went to the movie theater. It was so nice to be with someone who truly knows what you are going through and who is there for you know matter what. We laughed together, cried together and just enjoyed being with each other for a special day like this.

Although I did not have a white Christmas as I thought I would have, I still had one lovely day and I truly feel blessed to have had a Christmas in the United States of America

If you ever feel like you will be all alone with no friends during the year as being an Au Pair you have to think again. You will meet a lot of other Au Pairs that knows exactly the way you feel and what you are going through and supports and helps you through it.

I have to go but it would not be long before you will hear from me again.

The next blog is My Au Pair work

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ella Potgieter
    Jan 03, 2011 @ 04:08:18

    As the mother of Lala, I just want to say a few words. Yes, this was the first Christmas that we were apart, there were happy moments and sad moments. It was quite difficult to know that when buying presents there is going to be one person missing round our Christmas tree. We as a family usually plan and prepare our Christmas meals together and all of a sudden it was only Hardus and me. We have decided to still make it a memorable day for the two of us. We handed our gifts to one another on the evening of the 24th, it felt though if the circle is not completed with Lala not being with us. We went to bed quite late after having a nice barbeque. It was so strange for us to be alone, we are a very close family and we always do things together. This is a new beginning for the three of us. We do miss Lala a lot and sometimes I wish I can just hold her for a few minutes but I know that she is with a wonderful family that also loves and cares for her. I just want to thank the Veale family for taking care of my girl for the year. She is realy happy to be with you and she can’t stop talking about all the fun and happy times she had with you. Keep it up my girl, we all love you.


  2. La-Roche
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 12:07:17

    thanks for all the motivation and love mommy.I love you!!


  3. Amica
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 22:39:29

    Hi wow another South African thats awesome Philadelphia is far from me but hey doesnt matter South Africans are south Africans and we are all connected somehow


  4. La-Roche
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 23:00:30

    That is so true!! Where do you Au Pair and how long have you been here


  5. Jackie
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 06:24:13

    Good write-up. I certainly appreciate this website. Stick with it!


  6. Tom Wilsch
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 00:16:04

    Cheers, I just stopped by to visit your website and thought I’d say I had a great visit.


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