Move to a time zone 14 hours ahead of your family. After you settle in, research the price of a flight from Tokyo to New York around Christmas. Have a heart attack. Tell your parents you’re not coming home this year. Half believe them when they say they understand.
Try to stay positive about it. Remember what a pain in the ass it is fly anytime near Christmas and how stressful short trips home for holidays can be. Remember how cold it is where your parents live. Maybe this will be OK. Know that you’re lying to yourself. Feel equal parts free and depressed.