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
second year in a row, I will not be with my children over the holidays. That is surely my
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Wishing you all peace and joy, time with family, safe travels and warm embraces.
From Brazil with love,
Arne and Laureen Lund