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Christmas abroad

Merry Christmas

How to experience Christmas overseas Christmas is swathed in cultural and family tradition so living overseas can mean a very different Christmas experience for you! Cultural differences Having spent Christmas in both America and Australia I know Christmas can differ ... Read More »

The history of Halloween

Halloween items, pumpkin, bats, spiders webs & Trick or Treat bag

What is Halloween? Halloween is an American holiday exported from Ireland and now imported back into Europe! Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is ... Read More »

Thanksgiving: a potted history

Thanksgiving Table with food and decoration

What is Thanksgiving? I had to ask on Facebook what Thanksgiving is all about as I’ve never been entirely sure! So Jane kindly wrote this to help me and inform those of you who are unaware of the history behind ... Read More »

Easter traditions

Easter traditions; easter eggs, easter bunny

m4s0n501 What is Easter? Although the Easter weekend is the principal religious feast of the Christian year, most of its traditions actually have no basis in Christianity at all. In fact, the Jewish festival of Passover is more closely linked ... Read More »

Mother’s Day around the world

Young girl and her mum with a bouquest of flowers for Mother's Day

  Mother’s Day – a global tradition Mother’s Day is commemorated worldwide although the dates differ from country to country. For example, Mother’s Day in Norway is the second Sunday in February while in Mexico it’s always on May 10th. ... Read More »