Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas favourites

Christmas in California is a funny thing for me. It's this weird in between season that's nothing like the Christmas I grew up with (stinking hot in the middle of a humid summer) but it's not freezing and snowy - in the bay area at least - like in all of the stereotypical Christmas movies that I grew up on. It's a strange in between kind of cold and I'm not sure that I really like it.

It doesn't feel like Christmas and it certainly doesn't feel like home, and the older that I get, the more I just want my Christmas. Not to mention the boys - being third culture kids, I often wonder just what things exactly will invoke those warm fuzzy feelings of Christmas for them when they are grown. They don't share the same experience as Mitch and I with an Aussie Christmas, and the older I (and they) get, the more sad that makes me feel. I'm so thankful - I really am - for being able to travel and live internationally, but this mama is ready to take her family down under for good.

I've been reminiscing over past favourites, and for a girl that hails from a small country town in Queensland, Australia I know I've been pretty lucky with some of our Christmas experiences. Although nothing says the silly season to me quite like hot weather, beach days and cold prawns, some of my most memorable holidays have been the years we were living in Europe. Those Europeans really do know how to celebrate with classic decor, cultural traditions, picture perfect markets, snow for days and well - the scenery!

This year is going to be a little more low key with Christmas Day at home and Mitch's time off just spent doing things locally, but we did get in some snow time last weekend at Lake Tahoe (more to come on that!).

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