Christkindlmarket Chicago 2020: Visiting The Chicago Christmas Markets!

Visiting the Christkindlmarket in Chicago IL, has been on my bucket list for a while now and finally I managed to tick it off when I visited for my 30th birthday!  For those that haven’t heard of the Christkindlmarket, it’s a German Christmas Market, similar to the Christmas markets that are popular in Europe!  It runs from the middle of November until Christmas Eve and is held in Daley Plaza in the Loop District of Downtown Chicago! 2020 is Christkindlmarket Chicago’s 25th year!

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Dubuque Christmas Lights And Events 2020: Iowa

As an expat, there’s not many typical American ‘holidays’ that I celebrate, we don’t have Thanksgiving or the 4th of July in England and Halloween is no where near on the same scale that it is here!  HOWEVER, I have spent my whole life celebrating Christmas!  So here are some Dubuque Christmas events in East Iowa that you should check out this year!

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2020 Reflections in the Park Dubuque Iowa: Drive Through Christmas Light Display!

A great way to get excited about Christmas, is to visit ‘Reflections in the Park’. It’s like Christmas being thrown up on you and I thought it was AWESOME.  ‘Reflections in the Park’ is a drive thru Christmas Light display held in Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, Iowa to raise money for Hillcrest Family Services.

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How to Have a British Christmas in America!

As a British Expat, celebrating Christmas overseas just doesn’t feel like Christmas anymore.  I’ve spent every year doing the same British traditions and now I’m living somewhere that hasn’t different traditions, it’s not the Christmas I know and love!  The best I can do, now I live in America, is to bring a few of my UK traditions to my US life!

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A Helpful Gift Guide for a Friend or Family Member Living Overseas

When I was living in England I found myself decorating my room with all my overseas travels.  Now I’m living in America, I can’t help but feel comfort in having little bits of ‘home’ surrounding me!  I also love receiving care packages from home.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve got used to coming up with gift ideas that are small/lightweight which are easy to fly with or send in the mail. Here are some ideas of gifts to send abroad with a focus on gifts for British expats!

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Visiting The Barcelona Christmas Market & Discovering Spanish Christmas Traditions!

Mention European Christmas Markets and the first things to come into your head are hot wine and sausages.  Spain, however, does things a little differently!  If you visit Barcelona in December, you’ll be able to experience their Christmas Market which is a little different from the traditional German style Christmas Markets, at the Barcelona Christmas Market there were no signs of food or drink anywhere!  Crazily enough, two of the most prominent items on sale revolved around…poop.  One of the traditions I’d actually love to continue in my own life, think Elf on the Shelf but Spanish style!

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