First of all I would like to wish a Happy New Year to everyone, and welcome you to my first post as the new BritMums Expat round-up editor. If you do not know me, my name is Mirka and I have been blogging for almost 5 years at All Baby Advice.
I originally come from the Czech Republic where I spent the first 24 years of my life. Then I lived for 5 years in Sydney, Australia, and since 2005 have been living in London. I often blog about raising my two daughters bilingually and about living in London without my family.
For the first post I could not have chosen any different topic than Christmas, and wanted to hear from people who also miss their homes and how they cope with spending Christmas abroad or in their new homes.
I used to love Christmas and am sure that I will again one day but last Christmas was very sad and emotional for me as my dad passed away in September after losing his battle to cancer. I was dreading this year but we have survived and you can read all about it in First Xmas Without my Dad.
At the BritMums Christmas party I met Mama and More and we talked about our plans for the festive season. I loved her Tale of Two Christmases and doesn’t she look stunning in her Xmas outfit?
Another blogger whom I met through BritMums more than a year ago is the fabulous French Mummy and there is no way I could not include her International Xmas post. I would love to hear her singing some carols in French.
Living in a different country is not easy and people do it for many varied reasons. When I lived in Sydney I did not go home for 3 years and it was hard. I did not have time for the flight tickets. Back then I did not have children and had no idea how hard it must have been for my parents. No wonder Pixie Dusk is missing her Filipino Xmas at home after not seeing her family for over 3 years. Hope she can make it home sometime soon.
A completely different story was told by Mummy Says who grew up in London but for almost a decade she spent Christmas abroad. Don’t forget to read about her first Christmas in London as a family of four.
An Essex Wife was revealing her Favourite Airport Run of the Year, can you guess? Her dad spends some time of the year in Florida, which means she spends lots of time at the airport but not as a traveller. I can only agree I hate seeing my family leaving from any airport and me staying behind but love when they arrive and I go to pick them up.
Christmas is all about spending the time with your family, isn’t it? My Christmas was very hard because of my dad, but I also think that after splitting from a partner Christmas must be very hard. Candy Floss Count blogged about her first Christmas with her son without his dad and about how she would ideally like to be spending her family Christmas in the future.
I have mentioned above I am Czech and one of the things I really miss at Christmas time is all the baking I used to do when living with my family in the Czech Republic. Every mum starts baking in early December and we bake around 20-30 different Xmas cookies. One of my favourites are Vanilla Crescents but I also love the look of the French Xmas Edible Gifts and Alsatian Manneles by Croque Maman. Might give them a go next year.
Thanks to Nappy Valley Girl I have come across the old English tradition, A Partridge in a Pear Tree. Have you ever heard about it?
When I saw the photos of Mama Smiles and her Christmas in Sweden, I saw many similarities with photos I have from the Czech winter. I also like the fact they celebrate Christmas on 24th December in the evening, as that is when Czech people do too.
It has been amazing to read about so many different Xmases, and if you have a story you would like to share, do not forget to leave a link to it below. Thank you and see you next month.