Goodbye Thanksgiving, Hello Christmas

Thanksgiving came and went, and I did what I do every year in France: put up Christmas decorations and pretend that not celebrating Thanksgiving doesn’t bother me. Now we’re in the “3 weeks left of school before vacation” period and I’m trying to keep busy with planning what to do during my month off between semesters.  We don’t have big plans for Christmas this year since we’re staying in France, and I’m sure the weather will continue to be gray and rainy. A few friends are staying with us for 2 days after Christmas, but other than that, we have absolutely nothing planned. I’d like to go to Paris for even just one day to take pictures of the decorations and/or visit DisneyLand since it’s the closest thing I’ll get to an American Christmas experience. Plus I’d really like to see some people who are moving back to the US soon.

I actually got all of my Christmas shopping done online last weekend, mostly because the US dollar is so weak right now that buying things through American stores is like a permanent discount for me. Plus I didn’t want to deal with shopping in France (stores are busy enough when it’s not Christmastime!) or the post office, which keeps going on strike on random days so I never know when they’ll be open.

People keep asking me what I want for Christmas and I really don’t know. The only thing I need right now is a haircut. Everything else can’t exactly be bought. Oh, but if someone could pay off my student loans for me, that would be great too.

I was looking at pictures of the last time I was in Michigan for Christmas, and the dogs lying in front of the heater (notice how they are not on their beds) make me extremely homesick. Maybe next year…

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  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    I need a haircut too, getting one tomorrow ;-)

    I never know what I want for Xmas. Really, nothing material.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Amazing Skies =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    I need a haircut too, getting one tomorrow ;-)

    I never know what I want for Xmas. Really, nothing material.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Amazing Skies =-.

  • http://www.crystalgoestoeurope.blogspot.com/ Crystal

    aww I know how you feel about the homesickness this time of year. I hate looking at family photos from years past because I can picture myself there, at that moment, and then I realize how far away I am.

    If you want to come to Paris overnight, please don’t hesitate. You can stay at my house and I’ll take you to the Christmas market. It could be fun and take your mind off other things, at least temporarily.

    P.S. Don’t cut your hair! I think it looks great!
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… =-.

  • http://www.crystalgoestoeurope.blogspot.com Crystal

    aww I know how you feel about the homesickness this time of year. I hate looking at family photos from years past because I can picture myself there, at that moment, and then I realize how far away I am.

    If you want to come to Paris overnight, please don’t hesitate. You can stay at my house and I’ll take you to the Christmas market. It could be fun and take your mind off other things, at least temporarily.

    P.S. Don’t cut your hair! I think it looks great!
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… =-.

  • http://www.soyezlabienvenuechezmoi.blogspot.com/ Dedene

    Christmas is always a tough time to be in a foreign land. But the French are getting better about decorating and celebrating. 20 years ago, even Paris was grim during the holidays.
    Have a good month, and do get out to some Christmas markets!
    .-= Dedene´s last blog ..Les Etrennes =-.

  • http://www.soyezlabienvenuechezmoi.blogspot.com Dedene

    Christmas is always a tough time to be in a foreign land. But the French are getting better about decorating and celebrating. 20 years ago, even Paris was grim during the holidays.
    Have a good month, and do get out to some Christmas markets!
    .-= Dedene´s last blog ..Les Etrennes =-.

  • http://jpack.me/ Justin

    You definitely need to come in to Paris … especially before I leave. I will be making a trip to Disneyland too since they decorate really well for Christmas … and even have (fake) snow all over Main Street … :-)
    .-= Justin´s last blog ..Thanksgiving 2009 : Paris Edition! =-.

  • http://jpack.me Justin

    You definitely need to come in to Paris … especially before I leave. I will be making a trip to Disneyland too since they decorate really well for Christmas … and even have (fake) snow all over Main Street … :-)
    .-= Justin´s last blog ..Thanksgiving 2009 : Paris Edition! =-.

  • barbara

    Hi Jennie,

    Maybe for some of us, we never get rid of the home sick feeling all together. Others like me just get a bit down this time of year. I’m more and more shunning the hype,the stores and everything that is “too much”.

    Good idea for online shopping ! I do the same, and use gift cetificates too. Mailing gift boxes overseas is now a thing of the past for me.

    Take care :)

  • barbara

    Hi Jennie,

    Maybe for some of us, we never get rid of the home sick feeling all together. Others like me just get a bit down this time of year. I’m more and more shunning the hype,the stores and everything that is “too much”.

    Good idea for online shopping ! I do the same, and use gift cetificates too. Mailing gift boxes overseas is now a thing of the past for me.

    Take care :)

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Brandi

    During the holidays is the toughest. Chin up and start planning for a USA visit for next year.
    .-= Brandi´s last blog ..Thanksgiviging Blew-up Again =-.

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Brandi

    During the holidays is the toughest. Chin up and start planning for a USA visit for next year.
    .-= Brandi´s last blog ..Thanksgiviging Blew-up Again =-.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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