Celebrating Christmas Away from Home

Friday, December 26, 2014




I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

This was my first year celebrating Christmas away from home. I have a huge family and no matter where we are in the world, we always spend the holidays together. Unfortunately, this year I was unable to fly back to Connecticut for two reasons: work schedules, and the flights are just SO expensive.

So, for our first Christmas away, J and I decided that we'd celebrate Christmas with a little trip to Budapest. The beautiful buildings and Christmas markets that we saw online certainly drew us in.

We wanted to make our first Christmas away special, so to do this we made some of our favorite foods in our rented AirBnB apartment. We brought a special block of cheddar cheese (hard to find in Vilnius and a gift from friends) and some of our Christmas gifts and enjoyed our favorite Christmas movies. We had a relaxing yet fun day here in  Budapest.

Here's hoping that we'll spend next Christmas with family, but we certainly made the most of being away this year!


christmas tree decorated with handmade ornaments


How was your Christmas? How did you celebrate?

10 comments:

  1. I had my first Christmas away from home last year, and it was tough. It gets easier, I promise! I think you did a great thing by going to Budapest and exploring a new city- that is what my husband and I do now!

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    1. I agree that exploring new cities really helps!

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  2. i know spending it away from home is a weird feeling and sometimes not feel like christmas, but i do love the christmas markets in europe.

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    1. It did feel strange but it was also nice and very enjoyable. The markets here are great!

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  3. I think a little trip to Budapest sounds lovely! I hope you had a great one! xx

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    1. Thank you! It has been a nice and relaxing trip.

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  4. I hope you had a fabulous time in Budapest, it looks like such a beautiful city. Christmases away from home can be hard, I remember weeping over the sprout preparation last year as I missed family so much. This year we are at home and it's been lovely, it makes you appreciate when you do go home though doesn't it? Emma

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    1. That is very true! I'm already looking forward to going home this summer - and next winter for Christmas. It can be a difficult time full of both happiness and homesickness.

      I'm glad you are at home!

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  5. It was weird having Christmas this year so far from home. We really enjoyed it though! www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com So glad you enjoyed your time.

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    1. I thought it was strange as well, but certainly not bad. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!

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