Christmas 2015

While we are now days past Christmas, I can’t not write about it.  What was supposed to be a mellow week before Christmas with no sports, activities, etc, was anything but that.  But that doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great time this past week – we were just busier than planned. Maybe that’s our defense mechanism keeping us from being sad that we are away from home for yet another holiday season.  Or maybe we are just too damn busy lately! Continue reading

Christmas in Barcelona 2013

I admit I was a bit nervous about how Christmas would go this year given Aidan’s accidental revealing of our big gift to him and Liam (a wii u).  As I mentioned in a recent post, he’s been unsure about his belief in Santa and I haven’t been ready to let go of the magic of Christmas with him yet.  It doesn’t help being away from friends and family this time of year – the traditions we have at home are sometimes hard to recreate 4000 miles away in a foreign country.  And with it being just the four of us, it’s usually a pretty quiet Christmas – something we’ve come to enjoy and yet at the same time, we really miss the normal chaos of visiting with friends and family on Christmas day. Continue reading

Believing

It’s that time of year.  The holidays.  It’s one of my favorite times of year and admittedly it’s all because of Christmas.  This is ironic because by birth, technically I’m Jewish.  But there has always been something about Christmas that draws me in.  It’s not the birth of Christ or anything religious mind you. But it’s the spirit and magic of the holiday.  The lights.  The decorations.  The beauty of snow covered trees (at home, obviously not here as it doesn’t snow) with the lights twinkling under them.  It’s the fantasy of knowing that while something is not technically real, it feels real. Continue reading

Christmas 2012

As much as I love life in Barcelona, I have no problem saying that Christmas here is nothing like that at home.  Not even close.  It’s one of those holidays that makes me ache for the comfort of my house, my Christmas lights, ornaments, stockings hung by the fireplace, an actual fire in said fireplace (though of course not when the stockings are there!) and time with our family and friends.

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Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas!!

Like with anything in life, anticipation is half of the fun.  We’ve had such a great year filled with exciting new places and each one had the waiting, waiting, waiting for months or weeks up til the time came for the actual trip.  And then after it was over, we’d have another one scheduled to look forward too.  Right now I’ve only got one officially scheduled trip left of this year and a few potential trips on the agenda for next year but nothing actually booked – I’m hoping while we are away this week that Josh and I can firm those up so that we can have more stuff to look forward too! Continue reading

Christmas Paradise – Colmar, France

On Tuesday we woke up to it snowing outside. Once again te kids were elated and Liam reiterated that this time he would eat ALL of the snow. I wished him well knowing that later it was forecast to turn to rain. However in the meantime, I was slightly freaking out about having to drive in said snow. Yes I’m from New England and driving in the snow is par for the course, but I also happily left that small piece of my life behind 2 years ago. Continue reading

The Christmas Journey Continues – Freiburg, Germany

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Strasbourg is the border of Germany. So on Monday, after a leisurely early morning, we headed off to visit Freiburg, Germany.  First though we did a quick spin thru the market by the Cathedral in Strasbourg since we didn’t have much time the night before and it was so crowded at night! Continue reading

Our Alsatian Adventure – Christmas Markets (part 1)

On Saturday we took off on yet another European adventure. This time heading to France, Germany and Switzerland, all in just 4 1/2 days. Thankfully where we were heading we’re all within an hour to 2 hrs drive of each other so while three countries may seem daunting, it’s really not. The only thing I wasn’t looking forward to was the cold, after more than 30 years in New England, you would think it wouldn’t bother me, but after two nice and mild winters Continue reading