Holiday Cheer

The holiday season begins at the start Thanksgiving, for us Americans. It’s also one of my absolute favorite holidays. So, it’s no surprise that we chose that time to go for our “home leave”. It was filled with lots of food and quality time with our family and friends. During and after our return back to Vienna, I was filled with sadness and I didn’t want to be here; I missed our life back in Maryland. It took me by surprise, because I haven’t had that feeling since the beginning of the year.  Here’s some highlights from our “home leave”:

 

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 This past Christmas has been a very special one for Hubs and me. It marked the first (ever) Christmas that we’ve stayed put. What do I mean by that? Christmas, New Years and Hubs’ birthday have always been lumped into one big trip or the one time when we were getting ready to move here (almost two years ago).

So to mark this special year I made a huge feast for us on Christmas, and then went to see the Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera house the day after Christmas. The tickets to the Nutcracker were our gifts to one another for Christmas this year, but Hubs surprised me with another small gift on the actual day. It was such a magical day for us and made us question if we would want to stay “put” next year, too.  It’s still up for debate. There’s so much we’re grateful for. There have been so many amazing memories that we’ve made this year and I can’t wait for what next year will bring.

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