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Missing Christmas: A Downside of Being an Expat

There were so many details and procedures and considerations to think about when we were moving for the Dominican Republic to Mexico. But one of my top concerns was Christmas and if we’d make it home. Throughout our 6 years in DR, we went home for the holidays every year. I’ve never missed the holidays at home. Not a single one. Ever. (Did I mention I’m 3 years shy of being 40 And since my kids were born, they haven’t...

Our Favorite Halloween Tradition

Come on guys.. you didn’t think I’d forget about the Halloween Bucket, did you? The most treasured tradition of all our Halloween traditions? Heck, maybe the most treasured of all our traditions, period, exclamation point! Let me remind you, we recently moved. To a different country. Across an ocean. We let go of and wept over many things we couldn’t bring with us when we left the Dominican Republic. But do you know what was packed in suitcase #1… the...

How to Take the Best Worst Holiday Picture with Santa in 10 Steps

Getting two kids dressed in Christmas attire, bundled in coats-scarves-hats-gloves, seat-belted in the car, dragged out of the car, plopped in the stroller, to the mall, through the crowds, on line, and on Santa’s lap is it’s own version of hell. Shouldn’t that be accurately captured by the end product photo? I mean, do we really think that because our little Gremlins are dressed in big bows and Christmas vests that they’ll forget they’re Gremlins and sit still for 10...

A Skeptic’s Guide to Elf on a Shelf

When I first started seeing this Elf on a Shelf craze unfolding, I admit, I was skeptical. It seemed like something that would totally be up my alley but I thought it was a bit strange. When it began taking over my Pinterest account, I was a bit annoyed.  And then I read the Elf on a Shelf / Dinovember dad post and the explanation: “how in this world of technology and non mystery this is a little bit of mystery that...

Are Traditions the Antithesis of Life Abroad?

Traditions seem like the antithesis of living abroad. How can you create customs that will become a part of your family’s culture when you are never in one place for much time, when you move from place to place to new place every couple of years? How can you create rituals when nothing stays the same? It is these questions I try to answer today in Expat Village via Wanderlust and Lipstick. Come read about the bucket....

Glad Tidings

It’s here, it’s here!! Like the anticipation of Christmas morning, the day is finally here! Today… we fly! Today we are going home for Christmas. I will start by saying that this trip holds a little sadness. As I wrote in another post this week, this morning I had to say Goodbye to Shayna. It would have happened whether or not I was leaving today but nonetheless it was a sad moment… even if she did come into my room...

An Unveiling: Christmas Card 2012

So today is a special day; t’s the Christmas Card 2012 reveal. I look forward to this every year and every year I I look diligently through our photos for a solidly ridiculous picture. In the beginning of December, I begin hounding Husband about choosing a picture for the Christmas card. Every year he ignores me by falling back on his Deaf Ear Syndrome (DES) and I end up doing it myself. In his defense, he comes in like Mariano Rivera to close...

Traditions of Christmas Future

Last night, Husband and I sat in the living room with our Christmas lights twinkling and our tree all lit up. Not many other lights were on in the house, just the bright colorful lights of the season, lit up our place. He on one couch with Olive, I on the other couch, with Jersey – of course – we watched Rafaella romp around the living room entertaining herself: looking at the tree, trying to grab the tree, picking up...

A Hope for a Little Christmas Cheer

Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant again or maybe it’s because I miss home or maybe its because I feel the holiday season approaching. Maybe it’s because I feel the holiday spirit sooooo deep within me that Christmas music at any time of year is music to my ears or maybe it’s because I live on a tropical island where most days of the year I appreciate warm weather, but during the holidays it just makes me miss a warm coat,...