Festive Season or Christmas

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Festive Season or Christmas

Special occasions (or the festive season) apart

So, in late November whilst I was idly wandering around a supermarket, some jaunty Christmas music of old started playing over the sound system.  Quite suddenly I felt tears spring up in my eyes.  Where on earth had this come from?  I was quite surprised and, no it wasn’t because they were playing Slade in […]

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Celebrating when not together

Ok, so we have felt our feelings and talked about them (and if you haven’t yet, then read this post here!)  The next step is how can we still have a meaningful Christmas, New Year, Easter or Birthday (any special occasion really!) with whoever we spend it with and also develop connection with those other […]

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An Expat Family Christmas?

Just a few weeks ago, we had reconciled ourselves to having just the four of us for Christmas where we live on the Costa del Sol. With my family in London and my husband’s in Essex, Newcastle and elsewhere in Spain, it looked just logistically too difficult, expensive and we obviously also didn’t want to […]

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Festive Season or Christmas

A Totally Different Festive Season

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah or not, there are a number of things to get your head around the festive season when living abroad.  There is no year that this has been truer than this.  But, not being in your native country can be an amazingly enriching experience, whilst bringing up some mixed emotions. I […]

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