How was your holiday break? I hope you had a wonderful time, and if you celebrate Christmas, that Santa brought you all the presents you wanted.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, however, for some, spending the holidays family at Christmas isn’t always an option, whether that be because of the loss of a loved one, strained family relationships or you simply are living too far away. I’ve been fortunate enough to live close by my family for most of my life and it made traveling home for the holidays relatively easy. However, when I was living in Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer, it was far too expensive to buy a flight home. So, I followed this recipe to have a successful and happy holiday away from my family.
- Add 1 beach house with an amazing view (location of house is flexible)
- Next sprinkle in various comfort foods
- Stir in some fun games and activities
- Finally, add in friends, colleagues, even acquaintances (this is a great time to get to know new people)
In all seriousness, when I was in Peace Corps my friends, other volunteers and I decided to spend Christmas in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay. We rented an amazing house only steps away from the beach, and walking distance to all the restaurants and shops in ‘downtown’ Punta del Diablo. We couldn’t have asked for a better setting.
To add a little color and Christmas cheer we had to acquire some of our own decorations.
A delicious home made breakfast. Fiesta scrambled eggs, fresh fruit salad, and pumpkin cinnamon rolls, with fresh orange juice and grapefruit juice mimosas.
Next, we moved on to making an amazing meal for Christmas dinner. We thought, when in Rome. Or in this case when in Uruguay, why not have the freshest seafood we could get. We purchased fish straight off the fishing boats when they came into the beach. In the end we ended up having a huge dinner with 9-10 other volunteers. We ate, drank, played games and just spent the night having an amazing time in an amazing country. (see more from my trip to Uruguay here.)
In the end, Christmas is what you make of it! It may not be what you are used to, but it will still be an amazing time.