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Q: Missing Christmas: What holidays do you miss from your home country? (expat question)

I miss Christmas the most as an American. I do not miss the commercial part of the holiday, but rather the "spirit" of the festive season. As a Christian, I miss the community of church, the reminder of my purpose here, and the love/charity that is shared. I really do not miss any other holiday season.

 

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When in China, it was my national holiday.

The meeting for singing and socialising.

celebrating the 'national spirit'

 

(something that our governemnt is hell-bent on sucking from us now)

 

being with family and friends is essential for happiness and health.

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When in China, it was my national holiday.

The meeting for singing and socialising.

celebrating the 'national spirit'

 

(something that our governemnt is hell-bent on sucking from us now)

 

being with family and friends is essential for happiness and health.

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Christmas,,,,   we actually had the home w/ the wood-burning Fireplace in the Den, Christmas Tree thing going on,, cold weather outside,, but not the absolute freezing kind,, just cold enough so u knew this was a special part of the year.... lying in front of the Christmas tree sharing the feeling,, the special way only a young kid can feel about that,,, sharing w/ my cat,, haha,, not sure if I raised that cat or if she raised me,,,  her name may not be spellable,,,  but it was like 'wooo geee',,,,,, I bet she gets a kick from being remembered and spoken of from China, thirty some odd years after her passing.....      Those were the Days my Friend......

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While I was in China, my host made it sure, I won't forget Christmas and New Year holidays overall.

 

Since, I've always lived in school's sponsored flat, school was also in charge for paying of the utility bills.

 

On some 3 occasions as I recall, I was without electricity for Christmas ...  'cause school didn't pay the bill on time. angel

 

No-electricity event happened only once per whole contract duration. I consider it as some traditional Chinese thingy ...

 

Marry Christmas ... with abundance of Easter eggs ... to all!

  

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my first Christmas in America in my own place in 12 years, my daughter has a bunch of gifts, fireplace, and a nippy -4 C in South Atlanta. I'm getting old, no other siblings or relatives still around but it's still great. A little brandy and Mannheim Steamroller and put together a puzzle if I can get my daughter to stop playing with "LOL" toys. Waiting to be a dad to my 50's was a good decision.

 

Merry Christmas, miss China sometimes, but not today.

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