Welcome to the first post in a seven-part series on how some of my favourite expat bloggers here in South Korea spend their Christmas away from ‘home’. First up is the wonderful Fii from Little Miss Fii, a fashion and expat lifestyle blogger from the UK who happens to be one of my closest friends here in Seoul.
Hi, I’m Fii. I’m from the UK and I blog about fashion, beauty and some of my adventures in Korea (if you can call them that). I teach English here and I also model occasionally. I came back to Korea in February of 2017 to start life as a working adult, but I used to study here when I was at university.
We don’t get the tree up until really late (around the 19th of December) mostly because that’s just how it was when my sisters and I were still at school, but we also have to get through two birthdays before we can even think about Christmas. :’) The day itself doesn’t really start of as anything special, but dad will have carols on from a CD in the kitchen (he does that from the start of December though so), and breakfast will probably have been swapped from cereals to stollen. Christmas really starts when my Aunt and Uncle arrive, we’ll have Christmas lunch with crackers and arguments over vegetables and who is actually eating meat this year/drinking alcohol. Then we exchange gifts and probably end up playing board games.
3. MINCE PIES. WHERE ARE THEY IN KOREA???!?!?!?!!
How do you normally spend Christmas in Korea?
The last time I was here I don’t remember actually doing anything for it? It wasn’t super special. I remember spending a ridic amount of time hunting for mince pies, but the actual day itself I spent on Skype with my family when the time zones matched up, and with my closest friend when they didn’t. It’s hard to do things when you’re a student abroad because people use holidays to go home and you’re constantly watching money because there isn’t an income. This year should be so much better though.
What are your favourite things to do in the Christmas season here in Korea?
- Eat all the winter food. The winter street food is awesome, and tangs and jjigaes are always so much more satisfying when it’s super cold outside.
- Spend as much time with friends as possible. It takes the sting out of not being able to go home.
- Go for a walk around Sinsa and Apgujeong/Apgujeong Rodeo at night because they put all the fairy lights on the trees and it just looks really cute.
You can visit Fii’s blog, watch her on Youtube, see her snaps on Instagram and keep up with life on Twitter. She posts about fashion, skincare and life in Seoul.
Read the rest of my Very Korean Blogmas 2017 posts here!
Feature photo by It's Dayji. Photos are taken by me unless stated otherwise in the photo caption.