We have just survived our first Christmas and first New Years in Cyprus. I say survived because celebrating major holidays for the first time in a new country can be quite stressful. When/where do you get the tree? When do you set it up? Who do you give gifts to? What kind of city activities are there? Kids’ school program? Mailing gifts to the States? How many nuts are there in a Christmas pudding?
We navigated all of these issues and come out the other end. We bought an artificial tree that was both affordable and not too bad looking. The greatest thing about artificial trees is that the branches are all strong enough to hold the ornaments. The top of our tree was not strong enough to hold our star though. It wasn’t a problem because our African angel that Aunt Jennie gave us a couple of years ago fit perfectly. We set the tree up on the 2nd and we took it down yesterday so it had a good long run. Gift giving turned out fine. We sent 2 boxes to the States, which thankfully arrived before Christmas. Unfortunately none of the boxes sent to us from the States did. We learned that priority in one country might not mean priority to another. The kids’ school program was great. I never even yawned. Store bought Christmas puddings don’t have enough nuts in them to make me(DeAnn, I have a bad nut allergy) sick. There were also several things going on in the city but we really didn’t have time to see much.
To ring in the new year our family went down to Ledra Street for the fireworks. It’s great that the kids are old enough to stay up now and we aren’t stuck at home. The street and the square were packed with people 99% of them were foreigners like us. The fireworks were fun. We came home and the kids started a Pirates of the Caribbean movie marathon that ended half way through number 1. They finished that one and the next two the next day.