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Open thread: Leave a Christmas message for your family and friends

Spending Christmas abroad? Send your thoughts to loved ones back home – or vice versa.

Beach goers jump in the air for a photo as they celebrate on Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, 25 December 2011
Beach goers jump in the air for a photo as they celebrate on Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, 25 December 2011
Image: Rob Griffith/AP/Press Association Images

TENS OF THOUSANDS of Irish people have moved overseas in recent years, searching for new opportunities or jobs not available in their native land.

One of the blights of an economic downturn, emigration has become a reality for a huge number of families across the country.

Although some have already celebrated Christmas or birthdays abroad, others will be away from their loved ones for the first time tomorrow.

Are you planning to wear a Santa hat on Bondi beach? Or battle the inches and inches of snow in Vancouver? If you are away from home and would like to send a message to your family and friends here, leave your greetings in the comments section below and share your thoughts on spending Christmas overseas:

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