It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Most of you will go home to celebrate Christmas with your family. However, many of us, international students cannot afford an expensive flight ticket home and do not have relatives in the UK. This is the time when homesickness is on high alert. But, don't fret! There are endless things to do to feel Christmassy.

If you are spending your first Christmas in UK, be sure to check out as many Christmas markets as possible. Warm yourself up with mulled wine, a bratwurst and some delicious churros at the Oxford Christmas market. It runs till 18th December. My favourite Christmas market is in Bath and London Southbank.

Get yourself a snow globe to immortalize Christmas

Get a chocolate bar for only £1
Unique presents hunting time at affordable prices 

Delicious churros and chocolate for £4. It's worth the wait! 

Take a thrill ride at Winter Wonderland or skate at Somerset House. Be amazed at the lights at Blenheim Palace. Attend music concerts and carols. Cook a roast dinner on Christmas eve, light up the Christmas tree and skype with your loved ones.

Meteor lovers, do not miss the Geminid Shower  which peaks on 13-14 December. The high streets turn into a shoppers' paradise on boxing day (26th December).

Spend New Years Eve counting down and watching the fireworks in London from the London Eye (jam-packed), Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill or a skybar. 

Be at Big Ben or London Eye at least 5-6 hours before midnight to get a good spot
Last but not least, reflect on 2016 and the lessons learnt from the ups and downs. I am so grateful for 2016 for I have laughed, cried and embraced peace. For all the challenges, opportunities and bittersweet moments. 

For now, lets sit back and enjoy the sound of jingle bells.