Christmas is upon us and Denise, Alicia and Melissa are talking ALL about it.  They take the discussion way back to their childhood years and discuss the traditions they grew to love.  Those traditions turned into expectations (which sometimes led to disappointments) they put on the holiday season as an adult.  They discuss their first Christmases overseas as well as what they have come to love about celebrating the holidays overseas.  And what holiday special wouldn’t be complete without discussing traditions around the world that involve pickles, roller skates and a murdering grandmother? So grab a cup of tea, relax and enjoy another episode of “It’s Tea Time Somewhere.”

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Links to things we mentioned during this episode:

Solar Powered String Christmas Lights

One of Denise’s Christmas Recipes: Peppermint Rock Candy

Alicia made the following decorations on her expat first Christmas:
3D Snowflakes Tutorial
Video Tutorial for Paper Christmas Tree Topper

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name 
Pattern for Felt Jesse Tree Ornaments (not mentioned but hopefully helpful)
Coloring Book Jesse Tree Ornaments (also, not mentioned)

Melissa shared Traditions from here and here.

Wiggles Christmas YouTube Video.  (Denise took Alicia’s challenged and won!)


Other Christmas links that may interest you from Taking Route:

Our First Christmas Overseas
My Big Fat American Christmas Let-Down
Christmas Traditons that Travel
A TCK Perspective: An Advent Tradition

And from around the web:

Hanukkah in Japan – Celebrating Family Traditions
The Christmas Ache and the Conundrum of this Cross-Cultural Life
9 Ways to Make the Most of Christmas Abroad
How to Cope with the Expat Christmas Blues
Globetrotting Christmas: Celebrating Around-The-World