I have been reading the Foreign Service blogs this morning, and there seems to be a bit of a theme going on in the last few days… at least among those who are having their first Christmas at post: They’ve all got a little bit of the Christmas blues.
I can share some of their pains. After all, we’ve gotten exactly one Christmas card, and one gift box. Even Mr. A is starting to sweat that the hoped for mail won’t arrive in time for Saturday, after all it only comes twice a week here. Things we ordered back in November still haven’t arrived.
It’s also hard to for some people to feel the “holiday spirit” when it’s hot out and there’s nary a noel in town. That’s true in Dhaka, but I’m a California girl, and this is actually Christmas weather for me. Snow is what you see on vacations and ski trips, not on Christmas.
I am not sure if we have the Christmas blues or not. It’s not my first Xmas away from ‘home,’ and I spent much of those Xmas’s alternating with different families, not in the same house or with the same people every year. It’s Mr. A’s first Xmas away from ‘home’ though, like many of the other FS bloggers, but I guess that’s one of the lessons of the Foreign Service. From now on, your home is where you are.
Thanks to the magic of the internets, we hope we’ll get a chance to catch up and wish everyone Merry Christmas this weekend. And, don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of parties and festivities to attend, including one of our own…