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A Very Merry Christmas

From My Fab Fifties Life

Location: Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Christmas is here again. So fast! The years roll by, another one gone. And another opportunity for gratitude is here – time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

For the fourth year in a row we are spending Christmas outside of the USA. For the

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Our 2018 Christmas Card

second year in a row, I will not be with my children over the holidays. That is surely my

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2018 tree

greatest regret.

But we will be together in March, when we will celebrate Christmas in March. The date is less significant than the moments together so I look forward to that time.

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Our 2013 Christmas in Italy

I have found Christmas outside of the USA is celebrated quit differently.  In the past decade I have celebrated Christmas in Italy, Burkina Faso, Thailand, South Africa and this year in

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Handing out Candy Canes in Burkina Faso, Christmas 2015


Most countries focus less on gifts and spending money than we do in the USA. Outside of Europe decorating is minimal.  The holiday revolves around family and church.

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Thailand tree, 2016

Each year that we are out of the USA we have found a way to have a tiny tree.  A tiny bit of holiday cheer wherever we are calling home at the moment. This makes me happy.

Happy and content in this crazy life we are leading.

Our year has been bursting with joyful experiences and merry adventures. We are

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South Africa 2017

completely blessed. And each of you are a significant part of that blessing.

Thank you. Thank you for the love and support you give us. I hope we give even the tiniest bit back.

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all peace and joy, time with family, safe travels and warm embraces.

From Brazil with love,

Feliz Natal

Arne and Laureen Lund

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  • Reply Christina Daggett

    Merry Christmas to you and Arne! Last year we celebrated Christmas in Italy, and This year it’s Tbilisi, Georgia. We’re missing our kids, and grandkids too. A video chat will have to do this year. Have fun in Rio. I’m sure it will be a great celebration.

    December 22, 2018 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Merry Christmas to you too!

      December 23, 2018 at 2:12 am
  • Reply Carla Wesson

    Merry Christmas, Laureen and Arne!
    I so enjoy your blog and admire your wonderful adventurous spirit. May 2019 be filled with many more happy, healthy adventures!

    December 23, 2018 at 10:00 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thank you Carla! All the best to you!

      December 25, 2018 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Tara R Saxe

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Laurie and ArneWe continue to enjoy living your travels through your blog and posts! Happy Travels!!!

    December 23, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Merry Christmas to all the Saxe’s!!

      December 24, 2018 at 12:50 am

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