Like so many of you travelers, we’ve often been on the road over Christmas – whether by plan or happenstance. And over the years we’ve celebrated with a tinsel-covered palm tree in Khartoum, admired a quirky Christmas tree in Larnaca, and popped Christmas crackers in London. For us it’s always been about finding the simple joy in the season.
In 2011 we’d embarked on our second round-the-world journey, and found ourselves in Athens for Christmas. We had also just started blogging, and Gallivance was in its infancy. So please pardon the grainy photos as we share a Nomads’ Christmas.
We wish you a Merry Christmas filled with simple Joy … no matter where you find yourself!
All the best, Terri & James
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It’s already Christmas Night here in Athens and many of you are just now rolling out of bed to see what Santa left under the tree. We’ve had a wonderful day, filled with good food, favorite music, twinkling lights, and great conversations. Just like home.
We make ourselves feel at home anywhere with only a few key ingredients: flowers, candles, music, books, and food. Then we add our family and friends – and if we can’t see them in person, we can always email, phone, or Skype.
Our Christmas plans started when we first outlined our RTW back in July. We knew we’d be traveling over the holidays, and decided we wanted to be somewhere chilly but not cold … and in a country that celebrated Christmas. So we chose Greece.
I started looking on the internet for an apartment … and knew it the minute I laid eyes on the little Athens studio. The selling point was that it had a working fireplace – a true rarity in a short-term apartment. Woohoo! Those of you who know James (aka “Pyro”) can confirm that he loves to tend a fire – campfire, fireplace fire, trash fire. You get the picture. There’s nothing that screams Christmas like a fireplace!
And although the apartment came complete with firewood, James has been out all week scrounging additional scraps of wood for our Christmas fire. In his opinion you can never have too much firewood. Too bad we haven’t managed to find marshmallows!
Our decorations are super simple. We gathered local greenery, picked up bitter oranges dropped from the trees on our street, and liberated some nandina berries from a vacant lot. Combine these ingredients with candles and a few strings of white lights … and we have Christmas.
We plan to Skype with family and friends later. Right now we’re watching Home Alone on Youtube on the iPad (in 10-minute segments) and eating microwave popcorn. It’s our first popcorn in 3 months – don’t ask what we paid! Not bad for a couple of Nomads!
We wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Peace and Love,
Terri & James
P.S. And Yes, those are snail shells! They’re huge here in Athens and we picked them up (empty) along the sidewalk. Who knew?