Merry Christmas!

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Hey there everyone! Merry Christmas!

Living abroad has it’s perks, but one of them isn’t spending Christmas away from our families. This is actually our third Christmas in the United States and we are slowly starting to build our own family traditions. Today, I’ve decided to share with you guys how we spent our Christmas.

On Christmas Eve

Generally, in Brazil, we have a big dinner on the eve. The host prepares a huge turkey and the guests bring side dishes and desserts. It’s quite close to a Thanksgiving dinner here in the States. The host of the dinner is normally the patriarch of the family. So, back home, my parents went to my grandmother’s to have dinner and exchange presents.

HSONY DSCere in Sacramento, Fabio and I had a small intimate dinner and we Skyped with our families. We cooked a huge ham and some potatoes. I decided to do a glaze for the ham with brown sugar, cherry liqueur, some rosemary and this tiny chilli pepper that I brought from Brazil. It was absolutely delicious! The best part of it is that we had a ton of leftovers! Awesome, right? For dessert, I made some chocolate chip cookies. I know… it’s not very dessert like, but it tasted yummy.

We didn’t have any Christmas decorations or anything. Fabio and I talked about it and decided that it was a lot effort for just the two of us. Once our family grows we’ll put more effort into it. We do have a rosemary’s bush shaped like a Christmas tree, though.

Christmas Day

This is actually my favorite day! It’s time for playing with our new toys (yes, grown-ups have toys too), have a nice quiet breakfast and do absolutely nothing. And this is exactly what we did! We woke up at about 8:30 a.m., which is late for us, and had pancakes for breakfast. Then we did nothing.

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The beauty about doing nothing is that we can reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. I keep hearing people say that this is a time for giving, and it is in one sense. But for me, it’s more about receiving.

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his love only Son to the world, so that we might live through him.”  1 John 4: 8-9 (ESV)

Today we celebrate the day we received the ultimate love. And if there’s a tradition that we want to keep in our family is the sharing of Christ’s love with the people we meet.

Once again, thank you for spending time with me! And I hope you guys are having a Merry Christmas. Before you go, please share with me what Christmast traditions you celebrate with your family.

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