Viviana: a typical Colombian Christmas in Australia

“For me it is very important to be with people from Colombia. Because they understand my feelings, they understand what it is like not to have family around. Spending Christmas with people from other countries is not the same because they do not understand your food, typical dishes and what they mean. So for meContinue reading “Viviana: a typical Colombian Christmas in Australia”

Maysa, Gustavo and Oliver: celebrating a new life at Christmas

“I think for the first time in a long time Christmas is making more sense to me Especially after I lost my father, there was that feeling of emptiness and today, with Oliver, we have that sentiment that the family is complete wherever we are,” says Maysa as she holds her son Oliver in herContinue reading “Maysa, Gustavo and Oliver: celebrating a new life at Christmas”

Yliamne: the hope of Venezuelan mums for a family Christmas

“I have seen each of my children leaving me in every couple of years and I have realised, over time, that for me their journey in search of prosperity is a kind of transition. A process of transmuting hopelessness into faith and hope. I have lost the fear of distance. I belong to the populationContinue reading “Yliamne: the hope of Venezuelan mums for a family Christmas”

Nina: a re-encounter in Brazil after 10 Christmases in Australia

“For me, Christmas means family. Honestly, I don’t see Christmas as a super special date but it is a time to reunite with the family. I’m from a really small town, so all my brothers and sisters moved out to study and work and Christmas was real time of reunion. This is my recollection. MyContinue reading “Nina: a re-encounter in Brazil after 10 Christmases in Australia”

Wence: “No one in Venezuela expected they would have to spend the holidays alone”

“Every year we used to get together as a family and have a massive party, with music, alcohol, and food. A lot of food. Heaps of food. I remember sitting to have dinner four times,” Wence Peraza says with the same enthusiasm of a kid who talks about what they have got for Christmas, asContinue reading “Wence: “No one in Venezuela expected they would have to spend the holidays alone””