Here are a few thoughts about expat Christmas time that I thought were interesting.
Expat kids believe in Santa longer. According to Mary Mimouma of Expat Abroad:
“My daughter believed in Santa (and the tooth fairy) until she was ten. I found that in most expat families that have “Santa,” all the expat kids continue to believe in him until much older ages than the kids back home. I have hardly heard of anyone whose children stopped believing in Santa before the ages of eight, or even nine.” Read more
A Texan living in the Netherlands posted about bicycling in winter weather and their expat Christmas tree here.
Bootsnall, which is a terrific travel website, has “created a maxim for world peace that is the result of travel.” Read it here.
Expatriate Life has a bittersweet account of the author’s Christmases overseas.
And last but not least, Mid-Atlantic English asks, “What Do You Put in Your Christmas Stocking?”
“When my daughter and I first ‘blended’ with my husband and his four kids, I was struck with anxiety at the idea of Father Christmas trying to fill stockings these British kids traditionally leave at the bottom of their beds. So I introduced an American custom into the house, of leaving the stockings downstairs, in our case by the fireplace.” Read more