Saturday 23rd August 2014
Generation Emigration

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Remembering my mother at Christmas Lives lived abroad garner subtle differences. Perceptions are altered. We who leave never forget our roots but we soon see things differently. Emigration instils a sense of independence and family bonds are shaken loose and set adrift with the passage of time, writes Philip Lynch.
Have your say: How has Christmas been for you in Ireland? Did you travel back to Ireland this year to spend Christmas with friends and family here? If so, we want to know what you've been enjoying most, and what your impressions of the country have been. Have things changed since your last visit?
A Polish-Irish Christmas When I step outside today, it will be into two feet of snow. Sleighs are a better form of transport for kids than strollers. No high-tech gadgets at Christmas can beat the joy of throwing snowballs and making a 'baƂwan' with your kid, writes Damien Moran.
Christmas with new friends in Whistler I came to Canada for a better way of life, where happiness is measured by how many days you go up the mountain in winter or how many days you spend in the bike park in summer, writes Ercus Long
Being away has made me change the way I see Ireland Being away from home at Christmas gives me time to reflect on what I've learned in the last year while teaching in Korea, writes Andrew Sweeney
The time of year when home seems very far away CIARA KENNY found out how the Irish abroad will spend Christmas this year
No call for turkey heroics Down Under Christmas in Australia is centred around barbecues, surfing, cricket and yacht races, but memories of my Irish Christmases are never far from my mind, writes Philip Lynch
Home for holidays: emigrants welcomed home for Christmas VIDEO: The Irish Times visited Dublin Airport today to speak to groups of families and friends as they welcome their loved ones home for Christmas.