As I have returned to the US to spend the most wonderful time of the year with my American Host family, I thought back to the time when I was an Au Pair here and christmas was coming up.

How did I feel back then?

I DIDNT ENJOY IT

To be completely honest with you- back then I did not enjoy christmas fully. I was missing my family and I was wishing to spend christmas back home.

STAY IN EUROPE TO SPEND CHRISTMAS AT HOME?

In my interview series- many Au Pairs who choose to stay in Europe have told me that they chose so, because they wanted to return home for christmas.

BUT WHY?

Why not enjoy christmas in another country? Why not have a different experience for once?

IT DOESN`T MAKE SENSE

Looking back it doesn┬┤t make any sense. Wherever you have chosen to be an au pair- if you celebrate christmas with your host family this year, I encourage you to embrace it! Be with your new family in this moment in time. Next year and all the following years if you wish, you can be with your family back home, but this year enjoy being welcomed in someone elses house, in someone elses culture. It is a gift, don’t forget that.

LIVE FULLY WITH NO REGRETS

We sometimes get hung up looking at the things we don’t have and forgetting the things we do have, but if you are here with your host family, make it a point of really being in the moment!

Merry Christmas!

ps: Dont forget to listen to lots of christmas music, bake cookies with your host children and check out the christmas lights of your neighbourhood ­čśë

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