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!