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

Share your thoughts on spending Christmas abroad and send festive greetings to the folks back home.

Christmas Day 2010 on Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Christmas Day 2010 on Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Image: Rick Rycroft/AP/Press Association Images

OVER 40,000 Irish citizens emigrated between April 2010 and April 2011 – an increase of 45 per cent on the previous year.

Some people who left Ireland in 2011 will be spending their first Christmas overseas and away from home this year.

Many others who emigrated in previous years will also be spending their Christmas out of Ireland.

If you are overseas this Christmas and would like to send a message to your family and friends in Ireland, leave your greetings in the comments below and share your thoughts on spending Christmas abroad:

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