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How to Celebrate July 4th Abroad

It’s hard to believe that July 4th is right around the corner. We are pretty excited about it here at XONEX Relocation. We tend to be a patriotic bunch, which makes it all the more fun.

But, as I start to make my own plans for next week, I can’t help but think about all of the families who are on international assignments right now. Wholly-American holidays such as July 4th, or Thanksgiving, can be difficult to celebrate in foreign countries – and that can make expatriates feel disconnected and homesick. As such, we do get ask about how to celebrate July 4th abroad, so I thought I’d share some common questions and answers:

How to Help Transferees Beat the Holiday Blues

Driving home from work this evening, it hit me.  The holidays are here. Lights are strung up on the storefronts and the radio was playing the latest version of “Home for the Holidays.” Surely, this is one of my favorite times of year. I love being surrounded by friends and family and, as I pulled into my driveway, I found myself more excited than usual to see my boys.

Can You Buy a Turkey in China?

Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday in the history of holidays. Anything that involves food, friends and wine is up my alley, but there is definitely something special about this day – and it’s not just my Mom’s sausage stuffing (although I’m sure people could write songs about it).  Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on this great country and give back to the community, while also spending much needed quality time with loved ones. It just doesn’t get better than that for me.

Recently, I was chatting with colleagues about some of the international relocations we are managing and it dawned on me: How will they celebrate this year? Can you buy a turkey in China?!

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MIKE CANNING
VP, Client Services

RICK CALANNI
VP of Business Development Northeast Region

 

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