Expat Holiday Traditions


mulled wine mince pies

My husband and I are both Irish. We moved to the U.S. in 1995. Since then, we’ve spent only a couple of Christmases in Ireland but mostly, since international travel is so expensive during the winter holidays, we’ve stayed in Seattle.

We hosted our first holiday party in Dublin, and so it made sense to have a “Mulled Wine and Mince Pies” party since mince pies are a traditional Christmas food in the British Isles and on those short, cold days and long, cold nights, mulled beverages are a welcome treat.

Naturally, when we hosted our first holiday party in Seattle, it was also a “Mulled Wine and Mince Pies” party. A guest brought some Wassail – a German yuletide drink, another guest brought Italian Panettone. On other years, we’ve been able to offer Stollen, another German holiday treat. I’m not a good cook and actually making the mince pies has been a source of struggle for me every year. One year, a friend who loves to cook, came with ingredients and made the mince pies for me in my own kitchen (she’s on the invite list for life!!)

We hold our party every year and the tradition of friends, sometimes other expats, sometimes not, bringing their special holiday treat to share has become an important part of the event.

So there you go, a novel, travel-themed idea for you to incorporate into your holiday event this year. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised at how fun it can be.

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

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