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How can I bring Christmas to my husband?

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I don’t celebrate Christmas, and we live in my home country, where Christmas just means time off work and great shopping sales really. It doesn’t bear any special meaning to me other than it’s my husband’s favourite holiday. So I want to do something nice for him. We just got married in August. He’s from the UK and I’m from Malaysia, so we had 3 big weddings (two in my country, one in his), and a honeymoon in Greece. As you can imagine, it was a big financial toll on us this year so we decided to skip going back to the UK to spend Christmas with his family, as is tradition for us.

Now, he’s a BIG lover of Christmas. He loves the cold, the sitting huddled in the pub with a pint, or around the fireplace with a mug of tea. He loves wearing silly-looking Christmas jumpers. He loves seeing his family and friends from back home over the holidays. He loves the family traditions - the board games, togetherness, food, and presents. LOTS of presents, which means he’s naturally awesome at gift-giving. Me on the other hand, I’m at best cursory at it. I have been giving my brother the same shaving kit every year for his birthday. And Christmas, to me, at least up until meeting my husband, just meant Christmas sales and public holidays.

He's not expecting anything and I don’t think he has anything else in mind besides exchanging presents and watching Love Actually (our own Christmas tradition). So I want to make this a nice surprise.

Some compounding factors:
- No Christmas tree because our cats would destroy it in seconds. Same goes with the usual Christmas decorations.
- Most our Christmas-celebrating friends won’t be in the country or are generally unavailable, so can’t do Christmas Eve dinners or anything like that
- I’m on a very, very limited budget. This is THE most important factor
- My family is staunchly Muslim, so Christmas with them is out
- He’s not about going to church for mass

Things I’ve thought of:
- Skype with his family on Christmas day, would need to work around the 8 hour time difference
- Get him Percy Pigs, his favourite Christmas candy
- And of course a Christmas gift, haven’t decided on what though

And… that’s about it. I’m stumped. Obviously I’m not good at this sort of gesture-y kinda things, I honestly don’t know where to start. I just want to make this Christmas special for my husband, even if he’s thousands of miles away from home and family. I know he would do the same for me if I were in his shoes.

So help me with suggestions please, Mefites!

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