EXPAT TRAVEL: THE CHRISTMAS STORY

by missfootloose on December 25, 2009 · 8 comments

in Expat life, Palestine, travel

Dear Expats, Travelers, Globetrotters and Other Friends,

As many of you know, once a week I post a story about one of my expat-life (mis)adventures. This week I succumb to serious competition: The Christmas Story.

My husband and I lived in Ramallah, Palestine for some time and we traveled around in Israel and the rest of Palestine. We made a trip to Nazareth and visited the Church of the Annunciation, a building of beautiful contemporary architecture, full of art work donated by many countries around the world. We also visited Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in the Holy Land. We traveled by car. The distance between the two towns is considerable.

In the Christmas Story, a young woman by the name of Mary, 9 months pregnant, travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem on a donkey (it is assumed she rides a donkey, but it’s not actually stated so in the Bible). Now, I’ve been 9 months pregnant (twice) and I know that riding a donkey in that condition, even for a short distance, wouldn’t be my preferred form of transportation. Probably Mary would have preferred more comfort as well had she had a choice. I’m quite sure had she had a choice she would not have traveled at all and stayed at home with her feet up. Unfortunately, Emperor Ceasar was messing with people’s plans, as history tells us.

Mary’s story is fascinating, whether you’re Christian or not, and anyone interested in learning more will know where to find it. (If you don’t, Google it.) So this week the story belongs to Christmas and I will offer up this photo of our outdoor Christmas tree I took a few days ago and wish everyone, wherever you are, whatever your faith or beliefs,

Peace, Love and Happiness

NOTE: The Christmas tree is known as a symbol of the Christian holiday it is named after, but in actual fact has its origins in pagan customs. Ours is a fascinating world, don’t you agree?

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Go ahead, tell me something interesting about your traditions and holidays. I know you have stories!

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frugalexpat December 27, 2009 at 6:13 am

Hi.. You have very interesting posts in your blog..

Hope to read more of your adventures as an expat.

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Aledys Ver December 27, 2009 at 10:30 am

I come originally from Argentina, and then again, from the centre of the country, where at this time of the year is quite warm. So my Christmas holidays were always of a rather tropical nature, with barbecues in the garden and a dive in the swimming pool after midnight on Christmas Eve.
I have now been living in the Netherlands for a couple of years and I thought I would finally be able to experience the classic Disney film kind of Christmas – a White Christmas… Well, I have had to wait seven years for that, but I finally got my wish granted this year and I got up to a white mantle covering our garden outside and enjoyed my breakfast watching the snow falling down out the window while munching my piece of traditional “kerststol” ( a sort of sugar bread) with butter.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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GutsyWriter December 28, 2009 at 5:09 am

Do you also have a tree indoors? Lots of snow. We have none.
I thought of you yesterday with the Amsterdam plane incident. Thankfully you did not come back on that flight.

I prefer Christmas Eve than Christmas day. Denmark celebrates on the 24th, with dancing around the tree after dinner. I cannot get my American kids and husband to cooperate, so we do it the American way on the 25th.

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Middle Aged Woman Blogging December 30, 2009 at 7:05 pm

For the first time in my life I spent the holidays in a warm and sunny climate. Did I miss the snow? The sleet? The ice? The rain? NO!!! I’m thinking of doing this every year.

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expatriatelife January 1, 2010 at 12:04 am

Having spent 8 Christmases in the Middle East I have to say I never got used to Christmas in a warm climate. It just didn’t seem “right” to me, having always experienced cold weather, if not snow at Christmas.

Which is really stupid if you think about it, as Christ was born in a pretty hot and arid country. This whole “white Christmas” thing is just an invention of the last 100 years or so.

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expatriatelife January 1, 2010 at 12:04 am

Having spent 8 Christmases in the Middle East I have to say I never got used to Christmas in a warm climate. It just didn’t seem “right” to me, having always experienced cold weather, if not snow at Christmas.

Which is really stupid if you think about it, as Christ was born in a pretty hot and arid country. This whole “white Christmas” thing is just an invention of the last 100 years or so.

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Mary Witzl January 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I’m amazed: five days ago, I started a post about Christmas trees and how they’re not really a Christian symbol as such (in Jeremiah, there’s a fairly obvious condemnation of the practice of decorating trees by gilding them, bringing them into the house, and ‘worshiping’ them). And now I read this! Jinx!

Just going to and from the ob/gyn by car was hellish for me when I was nine months along; how the original Mary stood it on a donkey beats me.

I think I’ll save my Christmas tree story for next Christmas…

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'Cross the Pond January 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm

What a wonderful blog. Glad I stumbled onto it!

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