Happy Holidays From The Wilsons

Hope you are all having a Happy Holiday season…however you do or don’t celebrate it 🙂

We are trying to recreate our traditions and ‘bend’ our reality to match the Christmas we know back in the States.

Here are some images below of how it looks so far…with Santa on his way tonight.

The countdown started with 20+ days to go and the Christmas specials on the laptop were rotated in every night without exception thanks to iTunes and YouTube. You can see our new stockings (everyone got their own one) and our store bought tree.

This tree had a steady week of homemade decorations added to it. This was day one.

Wendi’s personalization never stopped.

Letters to Santa can be mailed from everywhere.

But preferably they are requesting toys that have already been ‘located’ in the town you are in.

Santa hits all malls in the world simultaneously which is convenient. Again, make sure to ask for toys already confirmed in the region.

Hot chocolate and candy canes can be enjoyed in 80 degree weather. That is either 180 celsius or -45 celsius, still working on the exact formula.

Just taking a wild guess that Santa’s tastes run the same internationally we went out on a limb to make him some sugar cookies. The boys tasted them periodically to insure a quality product.

Which brings us to today.  Hours from now Santa will be breaking and entering and taking credit for other people’s efforts.

Typical Santa.

Hope you all have a great next 36 hours…or 48 hours depending on where you are in the world. And ponder this…does Santa’s sleigh driving change depending on what side of the road they drive on in that country? South Africa is the left side. Santa probably has it worked out by now.

28 Responses to Happy Holidays From The Wilsons

  1. Lynn Repak says:

    Merry Christmas to the Wilson family! Glad to see the joy of Christmas reaching across the globe. And it certainly appears that you are having “the most wonderful time this year!” Wishing you much health and happiness in 2013. Enjoying living vicariously through your travels…the furthest place I’ve been lately is the grocery store-ha! Blessings, The Repak Family

    • Jeff Wilson says:

      Merry Christmas Repaks! We went to the grocery store today and concluded that it isn’t much fun with kids no matter which country you are in.

  2. Rob Kidder says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Wilsons.

  3. Andy Seth says:

    Merry Christmas, Wilson’s!! One of the things I’ve most admired about you is the depths you’ll go to getting into the holiday spirit. You’ve used those ‘skills’ brilliantly and while your kids will give Santa the credit for the gifts (hilarious thought by the way!), they’ll definitely appreciate what you’ve done for them as do the rest of us looking on.

    Wishing you a happy holiday season!!

  4. Andrea Daugherty says:

    Merry Christmas, Wilsons!!!

  5. Kyle says:

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to the entire Wilson family!! 🙂

  6. Annette says:

    Merry Christmas Wilsons! I adore the photos and all of your traditions. Miss you, enjoy the rest of your celebrations.

    • Jeff Wilson says:

      Thanks, Nut! It’s such a fun time of year.. for the kids and us! And, surprisingly, they haven’t seemed to mind that it’s not a ‘normal’ Christmas 🙂 I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season as well. Merry Christmas to you all too! Love Wendi

  7. natasja & bridget says:

    fijne kerstdagen en een gezond gelukkig 2013

    ( Merry christmas and a very healthy happy 2013 )

    x Bridget & Natasja From Ireland ( Holland ) 🙂

    • Jeff Wilson says:

      Merry Christmas, Natasja! We are thinking of going to Amsterdam in the summer of 2013. Are you in Ireland now? Chat soon.. Wendi

  8. The dump says:


    Now don’t rip it.


  9. Erin says:

    Merry Christmas Wilson’s! I should have known thousands of miles and the whole of the Atlantic Ocean would be no obstacle to the timely delivery of the Wilson’s (truly fabulous) family christmas card!
    Love you Guys… Erin, Chris & Allison
    P.S. beautiful wood floors and stained glass door you have there! Beautiful boys too….

    • Jeff Wilson says:

      Thanks, Erin! 🙂 How are things for you guys? I hope you are having a wonderful holiday. We missed having Christmas Day dinner with you guys this year! Love, Wendi

  10. Marcy and Pat Donovan says:

    Merry Christmas Wilsons! We love the updates and photography– So Awesome! Our tin foil Christmas tree with ornaments made out of cereal boxes in Lamu Kenya is still our favorite tree ever– and we still hang the paper ornaments on our mantle…. Those memories will last forever…. Nice work you guys!! Best wishes for a safe and healthy 2013!!
    The Donovans

    • Jeff Wilson says:

      Thanks, Donovans 🙂 That is such a cool memory!! You guys are awesome. I need to catch up and see how the yoga studio is going!!?? Hope you have a wonderful holiday and happy New Year as well. Take care.. Wendi

  11. Geoff Graham says:

    Merry Christmas Jeff and Family. Thanks for the world-wide Christmas cheer! Hope you guys have a blessed one! Geoff

  12. Amanda nelson says:

    merry Xmas Wilson’s!!

  13. Diane McCall says:

    Hi Wendi and Jeff!
    You two are such an adventurous pair. Your boys are adorable and growing up so quickly! Enjoy yourselves overseas! Ashley and Jack are currently living in London. If you head that way, perhaps you can look them up. We have enjoyed having Kyle and Lindsay around before they head south to find a home of their own. Please keep the emails and photos coming our way. You take such creative and beautiful photos! I so enjoy viewing them! Miss you all!
    Love, Cousin Diane

    • Jeff Wilson says:

      Great to hear from you Diane. The boys are growing up fast, we are trying to keep Tate from turning 7 in March. He keeps telling everyone he is turning 7 in Dubai, but actually he will be in Portugal at that time 🙂 Thanks for the compliments on the photos. We try.

  14. jenna walker says:

    love your updates! happy new year to your family!!!! i would love to know how you guys find your lodging in each place? do you do vrbo? selling our house before we get into a new build and thinking this might be a perfect time for an adventure! would love to know the best resources!!! so inspired!!

  15. Jeff Wilson says:

    Hi Jenna!
    Thanks so much for your message. That sounds like the perfect time for an adventure 😉 We have used AirBnb.com and Vrbo and FlipKey.com. I have your email, I can reach out to you personally for more info if you’d like. I could also give you a call. When are you thinking about going on a trip and where are you interested in going? I hope it works out for you guys! Let’s talk soon!

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