02 December 2014

December Travel Link Up

It's that time again for another travel link up hosted by Kelly, Emma, Rebecca and Sammy. This month the theme is Christmas and the holiday season.


This year I will be jetting off to explore Eastern Europe and all the festive trimmings that come along with it. This means it will be my first Christmas not spent in Canada. I'm feeling excited to take on this new adventure but also a bit nostalgic for the things I am going to be missing out on.

Every year Christmas for me is one big whirlwind event. It has always been the busiest most hectic time for me growing up and I have developed a love/hate relationship for it over the years.

I come from a big family and a family of divorce which means that I have always had to split my time at Christmas between my two families since before I can even remember. It has always been the worst part of my holiday... trying to coordinate scheduling in time to spend with each of my four parent's sides. And in the process trying to not upset anyone and visit everyone. It's a lot of pressure for a kid growing up. But as I have gotten older and developed my 'I can't please everyone' attitude it seems to have gotten better... As I can only do so much. Living overseas has put a new perspective on this for me as you really do find out who puts in an effort to keep in contact and maintain a relationship with you when you move away and who doesn't.

But on to the best parts of celebrating Christmas!

Christmas Eve is spent with my Father's side where we all get together and house hop. We spend about an hour at each of the different relatives houses eating way too much food and drinking way too much booze. It is nice because each house is known for having a different spread of food and by the time midnight rolls around I am falling asleep in a food coma. Our house is known for my Dad's Christmas village that he spends hours putting up every year to make sure it looks perfect with each house in the right spot. It started out with just a couple houses and has now grown to take up a good chunk of our family room during the holidays.


 

My Mother lives more North in cottage country which means I get to spend my holidays with lots of snow on a beautiful frozen lake. This is pretty much exactly what people imagine when they think of a Canadian Christmas. We ice skate on the lake, drink hot chocolate by a wood fire, play outside in the snow all day and take in lots of wildlife sightings.



This year I will miss my family and being back home but I have some great adventures to look forward to in a few weeks!

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6 comments

  1. What adorable and festive pictures! I shall be missing out on a family christmas too. I wish we could just have it all x

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  2. That Christmas village looks so cute and festive! More photos please!

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  3. Can't wait to hear about your travels! I bet Eastern Europe will look beautiful for the holidays. I visited Prague once just before Christmas and it was absolutely magical. (Loving that Canadian pic - reminds me of home too just south of the border in Minnesota.)

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  4. Eastern Europe will be a wonderful place for Christmas - snowy wanders, mulled wine, hot pretzels and fairy lights everywhere!
    Christmas can be hard when families become involved - just how do you juggle everyone nicely?

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  5. Uhmmmmmm that 2nd last photo. WOW!

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  6. even though you will not be here, you will be in our hearts and thoughts just like you are each and every day,hour, and minute. xxoo dad/mom Telfer

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