The Expat Holidays / Stockings and Ornaments

Thursday, December 10, 2015



Christmas is the one holiday that I am always excited for and celebrate no matter where in the world I happen to be. Almost always I'm back in Connecticut in the house I grew up in with my family. Now, I have a pretty big family that goes all out for the holidays. You know the movie 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding?' Well, that is my life. I'm talking meals at multiple houses, trees, decorations, loads of cousins, gifts...the works.

But my favorite childhood tradition of all are the Christmas stockings. On Christmas morning, my little sister and I would jump out of our beds and race down the stairs. Our stockings (Barbie, of course) were hung on the window sill at the base of the stairs, so we would oogle them for a minute before yanking them down and racing back upstairs. We'd throw ourselves, with stockings in-hand, onto our parents' bed. Each year we'd open them with such excitment. A pair of Christmas socks, an orange, a Christmas pin or earrings, and something practical like batteries, stamps, or pencils. Now that I have a family of my own - a 3.5 month old smiley boy - this is a tradition that I want to keep - but won't be starting until he is a bit older.

While living abroad, my husband, known on the blog as J, and I have also begun our own little tradition. Each year, J and I pick out a new ornament from our travels or a local Christmas market to add to our little fake tree. My favorite ornament so far is an oragami ball that we picked up here in Vilnius at the Charity Christmas Bazaar from the Japanese Embassy.





Thanks, Annie for putting together such a fun way to share our holidays! I'm loving getting to know everyone through their traditions!

The lovely Annie from Montgomery Fest is collecting holiday posts about traditions in #TheExpatHolidays. I hope you join me in reading all of the wonderful posts as they go up!

14 comments:

  1. My favorite part is the Christmas stockings as well :) Love the idea of getting ornaments on your travels! We have a few from our travels, such a great way to remember your trips!

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    1. The stockings are awesome! I'm really looking forward to reading about your traditions and how Iceland does Christmas :)

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  2. I can completely imagine the site! such a sweet tradition to share with your sister and pass on to your little one!! ;) thanks so much for playing along, Elizabeth!! this is definitely making my month brighter!

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    1. Thank you, Annie! This is such a fun idea for a collaborative post spread across a ton of different blogs :)

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  3. I love the origami ball! And the doll is so cute and looks so typically Lithuanian!

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  4. That origami ball looks fun! A friend of mine from high school knows how to make those! :)

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    1. I wish I knew how to make them! I'm not good at all at origami though. I'd love to be able to make some of my own paper decorations one day - I'll just need to practice.

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  5. The ornament tradition is the cutest! Love them, they look so original!

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  6. Love love LOVE this tradition - my husband and I have a very similar one! :)

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    1. It is a great tradition! Have you picked out an ornament yet this year?

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  7. I absolutely love your ornament tradition! I love picking up ornaments from new locations :)

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    1. Thank you! It is such a fun way to think back on past trips!

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