Merry Christmas from Simply Marina

Merry Christmas from Simply Marina

It’s Christmastime already. I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, cosy and joyful.

Our little family of three is celebrating on our own. This is one of the frustrations of being an expat – there are people you miss badly at Christmas, people who are still there, in the homeland, and you desperately want to give them a hug, to talk to them in the snugness of your own home, the home you have spent so many Christmases. Well, nostalgia will never cease.

But now it’s Christmas. And we are happy. It’s different, but it’s alright. My son doesn’t get so many presents anymore (but at least, Santa must be coming to our house, too!), nor do we go to see relatives and friends. We are an expat couple with their expat child in a huge city. Yet, the Christmas magic is still here. It can’t fade away if there is love. Love is all that an expat family needs to stay strong, to keep smiling, to enjoy the holidays.

It’s been an exciting year for us. There were ups and downs, there were hope and happiness, and there were difficulties along the way to challenge hope. Our son started Reception, he is no longer the frightened child of immigrants who spoke almost no English. Perhaps, more obstacles will be coming up, jut to remind us that we are on a journey and it won’t always be easy.

It’s been an exciting year for me as a new blogger, too. My humble blog is… well, still humble. Yes, it has grown a bit and I am proud to have all the followers I have. It could have been better if I worked as hard and consistently as I was supposed to. But the more important thing is that I have connected to so many amazing people this year, and I have learned so many things around my attempts to blog. I have had plenty of days of digital detox throughout the year, I have had several breaks from blogging when I felt I was run out of inspiration or just needed to spend more time with my family. Now, it’s time for another break.

It’s Christmas and we all deserve a nice little break. Lazy mornings, happy days and warm evenings. Christmas lights, Christmas songs and movies, Christmas meals and treats…

Talking about food, why not roll up your sleeves and prepare the most delectable Christmas dinner for your family? And don’t forget those lovely Christmas biscuits. Okay, not everyone is so enthusiastic about cooking and baking. You can always have a box of biscuits from the supermarket, add a beautiful ribbon or serve them in charming plates and still put a smile on someone’s face. Or try the tasty range of gluten-free temptations by Betty Crocker – they are so easy to make and so unbelievably tasty. Honestly, I have never been a fan of such mixes, but Betty Crocker’s are really good. If you don’t feel like baking and decorating for hours, you may like the chocolate chip cookies (it won’t take long, Betty Crocker have made baking simple) and you’ll have delicious Christmas sweets your family will love.

Cooking and baking or not, blogging or not, having a long holiday of just a few days off, have a magical Christmas! Smile, slow down, eat whatever you wish, indulge yourself. It’s time for hugs and kisses, for family, for walks and games, for a Yule log or Christmas pudding or Panettone or cake (weight-loss plan, I’ll think about you later, in January).

It’s time to relish the food, to be at home, to put some presents under the Christmas tree and enjoy your holiday.

Merry Christmas! 🙂

Marina xxx