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Living abroad is an adventure that not everyone gets to experience. The downside to this is sometimes spending Christmas away from home and your family. The festive season can bring out the traditionalist in all of us, wanting a Christmas just like home. However there are ways that you can keep the festive spirit alive while spending Christmas abroad.

Online shops

Make use of the internet and order your festive favourites, this way you’ll have your home comforts no matter where you are in the world. Online shops like the British Corner Shop stock many British Christmas essentials such as mince pies and cranberry sauce.


Putting up decorations that you brought over with you when you relocated and your Christmas tree will surely spark your festive spirit. All those decorations will have memories attached to Christmases you’ve had before. While you can’t be with your loved ones this year, having a piece of Christmas from home should help.


If you’re feeling lonely this Christmas, why not look into helping with a charity event near you this Christmas? You could help at a soup kitchen or work with the local church this Christmas. It will also be a way for you to meet new people who have also contributed.

Keep up your old traditions

Don’t stop doing all those things that make Christmas special to you and your family. Depending on where you live now you may need to adapt some of the traditions. However if you can keep those little family traditions alive you are sure to feel Christmassy in no time.

Create new traditions, try what the locals do

While living abroad you are in a unique position to experience something new at all times. Christmas is one of the best times to immerse yourself in the local culture. Find out what Christmas and New Year’s activities are happening near you. There may be something happening to make this Christmas season extra special for you and your family.

Keep in touch with family and friends, bridge the physical gap

With the aid of video calling and instant messaging it is now so much easier to keep in contact. Pre-arrange a time with loved ones from home so that your time differences and plans for the day won’t interfere. This way you can see each other open gifts, see how the other has decorated and feel like you are there with them.

Whether you are spending Christmas abroad or travelling back home, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

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