Celebrating Holidays Abroad – Reasons to Love It

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  1. Sarah says:

    I am still LOLing at “find my own damn turkey”! 😂😂 What a great post. I look forward to my boys getting older so we can travel abroad and this post really reminds me of why that is so important. Thanks for sharing!

    • Theresa says:

      Thank you! We’ve been traveling since the girls were babies (I took Grace on her first trip abroad at 6 weeks!) and it is eye opening how differently they see the world than I do.

  2. Silvia says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing!
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  3. Jen Morrow says:

    Haha, yes lowered expectations! This will be our first Thanksgiving and Christmas in the Caribbean. Friends had us over for Thanksgiving dinner, otherwise we would have skipped it completely. I am looking forward to spending Christmas on the beach.

  4. Katie says:

    I am desperate to spend Christmas abroad but flights from the UK are so expensive!! Saving up to spend next Christmas abroad but its just choosing the destination! Great post :)

    • Theresa says:

      Or take the train! The amazing thing about Europe is “abroad” is just a short ways aways. Let me know where you end up going–I love hearing about how people celebrate their holidays when traveling.

  5. Very good points! I spent Thanksgiving in Paris last year, and it was quite pleasant! Although I did miss some of the food…

  6. We need to be best friends! ;) We just spent Thanksgiving in Croatia and it was lovely not to have to deal with the holiday at all. Of course, we missed friends and family, but I love skipping the hype. And Black Friday? Not a thing on this island. Looking forward to Christmas in Bavaria with all the trimmings, but without the excessive gift giving! And I am using that refuge story.

    • Theresa says:

      Right? I love the fact that being abroad makes holidays so much more low key. (PS, going through your blog right now … love all of your posts on how to enjoy cities with kids!).

  7. Sonja says:

    It’s true that it really does change our expectations, and sometimes for the better! Although I miss Christmas at home sometimes, being able to experience how other countries celebrate and find new and exciting traditions is something really special. As long as I can go home once in awhile haha.

    • Theresa says:

      Yeah, but only every once in a while, right? My mom and I joke that it’s easiest to love each other when we’re 5000 miles away. ;)

  8. Arzo Travels says:

    Oh I can see that celebrating abroad can be tough. Though it seems you are an expert already in celebrating abroad I can understand the feelings and that you feel more homesick than usual. Hope you get to celebrate some at home anytime soon :)

  9. Ohhhh I’ve had to try to find my own turkey abroad, and let me tell you, it can be freaking hard! I’ve spent the last 6 Christmases abroad, and I’m definitely a bit homesick for a Canadian white Christmas!

  10. Emily says:

    Agree with these! Christmas is way too commercialised these days. We much prefer the family oriented side to the holidays. I’d like to spend Christmas abroad one day to see how it’s celebrated in a different country.

    • Theresa says:

      One of my favorite parts of the holidays abroad is combining our traditions with those of wherever we’re celebrating.

  11. Clare says:

    I spent Christmas at home last year for the first time in 4 years and this year I can’t wait to be away for it this year. Yeah you do miss family on the day but I have some great memories of the Christmas’s I have spent away and I am hoping this year’s will be great too.
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    • Theresa says:

      I’d say one Christmas at home every four years or so is just about right. ;) That’s about what we manage, and it works out really well. I miss family too, but the memories we’re making abroad are incredible.

  12. Llamateurs says:

    You’re right. Too much money involved in what should be pure and more focused on people around (not only the closest ones) so you hit the point! Thanks for reminding us what is the most important!

  13. Tara says:

    Interesting take on things – I have never celebrated Christmas away from New England, and I totally hear ya with the commercialism bit. I tend to be a holiday hermit because of this. I think I would really enjoy the holidays abroad.

  14. My entire family went cruising 8 years during the Christmas holiday. Though the rates were three times more expensive, we opted to cruise in lieu of buying unnecessary and unwanted gifts, plus to alleviate the stress that leads up to the holiday itself.I highly recommend. You have some great reasons listed here and keeping kids from the commercialized hype is my favorite.

  15. This year I will be celebrating Christmas away from England and I am really looking forward to it. As you mentioned I am going to see how different cultures celebrate Christmas. It is going to be amazing :-)

  16. Brianna says:

    What a unique take on celebrating the holidays abroad. I love how this is different from a lot of other posts about being so sad to spend the holidays abroad. I really appreciate that you take the time to see how great it can be to spend the holidays in other places.

  17. Seriously, sign me up for celebrating holidays abroad! I would love to experience it. Fun post – thanks!

  18. Great post, this year will be our first abroad and we are both excited about it and a little nervous too about how it is going to feel. But we have always wanted to do a Christmas abroad so hopefully it will be fun! I think it also probably depends where you are too!

  19. JEM says:

    I remember my first Christmas away from home and I almost cried because I was in a Buddhist country, no Christmas songs, no decors and December was just an ordinary working day. Oh dear. I have learned to adjust now. Now that I’m here in England, it’s a bit different, though. I always miss Christmas at home — Philippines.
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  20. I completely agree with you! Growing up I always wished I had a big family, but now I really appreciate having a small family because our holiday “tradition” is traveling! Since there are only 4 of us, we take advantage of the holidays to travel. I can’t remember the last time I was home for Christmas, but for all the reasons you stated, I love being abroad for the holidays!
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