Ciara Kenny

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Where are you spending Christmas this year?

Christmas is an emotional time of year for many emigrants. What are you looking forward to, or what will you miss most?

Wed, Dec 18, 2013, 12:00


Christmas day, whether spent in Ireland with family and friends or far away from them abroad, is one of the most emotive days of the year for emigrants (read Sheila Wayman’s article from yesterday about the highs and lows of coming home for Christmas). We’re looking for readers to share their plans for the festive season with us here on the blog.

Are you coming ‘home’ to Ireland, and if so, what are you looking forward to most? If you’re spending Christmas abroad this year, how will you celebrate, and what will you miss most about home?  Have you already sent presents or cards to loved ones, and will you speak on Christmas day? If you are living in Ireland and have family or friends abroad who won’t make it home for Christmas this year, how do you feel about it?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. We’ll be publishing articles in the newspaper and on the blog over the next few weeks about Christmases at home and abroad, so send us an email at, with the word Christmas in the subject line, if you think you might have an interesting tale or anecdote to share with us over the festive season.  We’re also compiling a gallery of photographs, so send your pics to the same address (preferably landscape and under 7MB). Merry Christmas!