Yes, it will be Christmas! abroad once again …

Real Danish (butter) Christmas cookies can save any Christmas abroad

A corner of our kitchen table at Christmas: Danish Christmas cookies and other goodies - for a perfect Christmas abroad once again.

Christmas abroad: still same as always

As a follow-up to my first Christmas post, I thought I’d round off our holiday theme here on Expat Earth with this short post. We’re done with Christmas shopping now: All the presents are bought and wrapped, and the fridge and the kitchen shelves are packed with food.

The tree is lighting up our living room after an enthusiastic decoration session by the kids – that’s their job as always, Christmas abroad or at home makes no difference. And we’ve made cookies – real, Danish Christmas cookies!

Celebrating Christmas abroad makes simple things important

We’ll be celebrating at home this yet another Christmas abroad. That is, we’ll be together all four of us, in the city of Munich where we’re currently living, within the four walls we call home. Friends and family are far away, but still no further than a skype call – or a facebook update. In this season where expats are perhaps feeling frustrated about not being able to celebrate Christmas abroad the way it’s “supposed” to be, I think this following quote sums up our feelings:

There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
— Bill McKibben

Friends turn into family when spending Christmas abroad

So enjoy this season. Take it easy, slow down. I think there is no such thing as the “perfect Christmas”, unless we decide that we’re going to MAKE it the perfect Christmas with the people around us. Enjoy the setting you’re in, and make it perfect yourselves!

Now, I’ll go enjoy some more Christmas cookies with my family…

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, abroad or in your native place, and asking you: What is a perfect Christmas abroad? What does it take? A special setting, special people, the right gift? – or a mix? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Responses to Yes, it will be Christmas! abroad once again …

  1. Ian Røpke says:


    • Nana says:

      And if I know you right, Ian, it – not least – means right setting as in ‘right culinary setting’, not only ‘ right place’ … :-)

  2. Julie says:

    After over 20 years in the Southern hemisphere, the ideal Christmas for us has become a mixture of the old and the new: this year, we had the traditional turkey dinner with family members, Christmas carols, and gift exchange. But isn’t it wonderful to do it on the patio on a warm summer evening! The one thing I always miss is Christmas cookies cookies; it’s too hot to heat up the kitchen with baking. Maybe next year…

    • Nana says:

      Oh Julie, we’re exactly the reverse nowadays: missing the pool and the heat, but baking cookies like crazy … well, in fact I always did that (maybe you remember), but it could be a real challenge. Happy New Year to you! Thinking of shipping some cookies over 😉

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