Monday, September 10, 2012

I *Won't* Be Home for Christmas

I love Christmas. LOVE Christmas. But this year I am particularly looking forward to the holidays. Why is that, you ask? To explain, I have to backtrack a bit and give you a long, rambling history.

I'm Irish. Have I ever mentioned that? If that part of my heritage is a surprise to you, you've obviously not been around these parts (ie, this blog) on the "Holiday of Coolness," known to the rest of everyone as "St. Patrick's Day." We celebrate March 17th with abandon around here. The Irish music plays from sun up until well past sun down. We have traditional Irish dishes at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We all wear green. I attempt an Irish accent and fail in miserably hilarious ways.

Ever since I was a wee little thing I have wanted to visit the British Isles: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland. The works! My husband and I actually began saving money the first year we were married and kept at it every year since so we could spend our 10th anniversary in England. Thanks to a terrible economy, a job relocation in the midst of a horrible housing market, etc., that money ended up going to other more practical things, and we spent our 10th anniversary at home. And while that was sad and a little disappointing, I took Journey's advice and didn't stop believing.

Well, fast forward to this year. A little judicious saving, a bit of unforeseen good fortune, a lot of time and effort invested in finding fantastically good deals, and a family agreement to forego all other gifts this Christmas season...
My husband and I and our kids will be spending Christmas in Ireland.

Remember that old Bing Crosby song, "Christmas in Killarney"? We will actually be in Killarney on Christmas Day. What are the chances we'll sing that song a few times??

I don't think the reality of it has entirely sunk in yet, but we're in that frantic and exciting planning stage. Getting the kids their passports, filling out paperwork for international driving permits, double checking reservations, etc.

I have a feeling next year's blog posts will be full of "here's the embarrassing thing I did when we went to..." stories. And pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of a few of the actual places we are going to actually see with our actual eyes. Éirinn go Brách!


Donna K. Weaver said...

That will be so much fun. I hope it's a really memorable trip.

Amy McArthur said...

As long as it doesn't interfere with you getting more books published, then I approve. But if I have to wait one extra day to read a SME special because you were too busy galavanting across Ireland then I will not be happy.... You have been warned.

Taffy said...

Very Cool! Please try and have fun! :)

Agneta and David said...

There is NOTHING like Ireland say I who am Swedish! Dublin around Christmas... amazing! You do not need an international drivers license to drive there during your vacation I am close to positive. Enjoy the planning and the journey.

Becca said...

So much happy. Really, the only way I could be happier is if I tagged along. You know. :)

Julie Daines said...

YAY!!! You finally got your trip. I know you will love it! I have goosebumps just thinking about how awesome your trip will be! Ireland is amazing. Are you going to any other parts of GB? England? Wales? Do you want to borrow my travel guides to Ireland?

I'm seriously so excited for you! What a wonderful way to spend the Holidays!

Rachel said...

NOT FAIR. Have loads of fun :D

janzi said...

How exciting will that be... I hope it proves to be exactly what you have thought and dreamed of all these years, and that with your children you enjoy a christmas holiday unlike any other, with loads and loads of pictures and precious memories to hoard up and savour when you are back in the USA** It is a lovely place and the people are very good too... all the very best. wishes and hugs from across the pond.. janzi


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