Christmas Far from Home

| December 20, 2015

The Juno Beach Centre is open and the last Canadian guides of the year 2015, Nicole and Léa, will welcome you until December 31 (except from December 25).

Have you ever wondered how the expat Canadian guides celebrate Christmas here in Normandy? Far from friends and families in Canada, they adopt new traditions! For one, Léa and Nicole celebrated Christmas a bit early with 2 Canadian interns, Fiona and Emily, before their departure.

Léa: “Though this is not my first holiday season away from home, I will definitely miss my family, especially my 5 nephews and nieces that I normally spend this time of year with. Even if there won’t be snow this year, we will still have a Canadian Christmas at the guide house with our Secret Santa gift exchange and a home cooked Canadian meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy! Yum!”


Nicole: “This Christmas will be the first Christmas without seeing my family, but I have a family here at the Juno Beach Centre! I am very excited to make a Christmas dinner at the guide house tonight and to exchange our Secret Santa gifts. I will definitely miss my family but we plan to Skype during our annual Christmas Eve party so I will be able to wish all my family and friends a Merry Christmas in real time.”




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