Did anyone else make crazy ornaments from their school pictures? This gem above was me in maybe first or second grade, and includes glitter on a canning lid. My mom still has all of these ornaments we made every year. They don’t get much better I tell ya.
Today I’m linking up with Belinda from Found Love, Now What? for her December Expat Q&A, and it should come as no surprise it’s around the holidays.
1) Has your idea of the holiday season changed since becoming an expat?
Not really. It was always about spending time with family and friends, exchanging gifts, eating lots of good food, and decorating for the holidays. Now instead of snowy Christmases in New York, it’s semi-cold Christmases in England. Instead of spending time with my family it’s spending time with Adam’s family, who has welcomed me into theirs. Also, England at Christmas is much more festive than the small town I’m from. So now I go to Christmas markets and learn new little holiday traditions from all around Europe.
2) How do you build new holiday traditions, while keeping ones that remind you of home?
I suppose the only really new traditions I’ve gained are going to Christmas markets and putting more tinsel up around our house for decoration (people in England really like their tinsel garlands and I feel like I’m transported back into time). Adam and I pick out a Christmas tree every year to decorate, and we listen to Christmas music and make cookies. I may not be doing these things I would normally be doing with my Mom, but I’m still doing them with someone I love. I’ve also started sending out Christmas cards to all of my family and a few friends so that it’s like I’m still wishing them Merry Christmas and celebrating with them. One of my new favourite English traditions are Christmas crackers, the kind you pull at dinner and get little prizes, cheesy jokes, and best of all, Christmas crowns!
What are some of your Christmas traditions?