Expat Life, Family Life

Merry Christmas 2015


Snuggled under a blanket with the logs crackling on the fire, twinkling Christmas lights and the smell of a real pine tree and festive baking fills the air.

Just joking.

This is my reality- It’s Christmas Eve, 26 degrees and not a cloud in the sky so no chance of a white Christmas. I’m perched on the edge of a scratchy sofa as my horror child takes a five minute break from destroying everything in sight to watch Minions. Again. I’m taking the opportunity to sneak onto the laptop and get some stuff done and the only smell in the air is something unpleasant wafting from his diaper. I guess that is his Christmas gift to Mama.

By my own OCD Christmas standards I am so unprepared. There is not a single light, decoration or even a tree in the Duncan House. But this year, for us, I think that is ok. I’m a lot more relaxed about this than I ever thought I would be.

We weren’t sure if Colin would be here at all or if he would be called to work, that is still a possibility but for now he is here with us and we are thankful for that.
The reason for the lack of decorations – With two dogs, two cats and a whirlwind of a toddler a tree probably wouldn’t last long. Thankfully Spencer is still oblivious to the Christmas mania so we can get away with a quiet festive season for one last year and I promise I’ll do better next year when he is more aware of it.

I couldn’t let this lovely season pass without a couple of photos, decorating a palm tree and a sweet festive jumper.

001 Palm Christmas Tree

This Christmas Day we plan on a nice, low key day hopefully spent laughing and eating with friends enjoying their company rather than panicking about the ‘perfect’ day and everything that goes with it. The only thing I will insist on is a family photo, more for the sake of memories to look back on. I can hear Colin moaning already 🙂

001 Christmas Jumper 1

Being away from our loved ones and our own traditions is especially hard at this time of year. I wish we could snap our fingers and be with our families but sadly this year it just isn’t possible.

Wherever you are this festive season I wish you all the best,

Heather x

PS- Apologies for all the errors and rambling in this post, his attention span is wearing off and I have a toddler hanging over my shoulder.

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  • Reply Jenny McLennan 24/12/2015 at 11:53 AM

    I hope Colin stays home for Christmas and that you all have a lovely chaos free day. And if it makes you feel any better its not looking like we are getting a white Christmas either….just a wet one 🙁 so id rather the heat haha.

    Merry Christmas lass xx

    • Reply Heather 24/12/2015 at 4:48 PM

      Aw thanks Jenny! Well when you put it like that maybe sunshine is better than a wet Christmas. It’s just so hard to feel festive when it’s no where near being cold. Hope you guys have a lovely festive season also xxx

  • Reply Nadia 24/12/2015 at 11:22 PM

    Merry Christmas from Salalah Heather!

  • Reply OPNO 27/12/2015 at 9:33 AM

    I hope you had a good long weekend! Cute tree:)

  • Reply Vanessa 13/01/2016 at 7:41 AM

    Reading your posts had made me less freaked out about my move with my two little ones to Oman! I have been Ffffreaking out!!!

    • Reply Heather 25/01/2016 at 9:26 AM

      Haha, aww bless you! I promise Muscat is a great place to be and no need to freak out 🙂 Hope it all goes well x

  • Reply Righttravel 14/01/2016 at 1:32 PM

    Nice blog. I hope you had a great trip. 🙂

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