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12 annoying things people say to emigrants when they're home for Christmas

Do they have Christmas over there?

1. “Is it Christmas over there, too?”

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No, they actually don’t have Christmas in Australia. Well-known fact.

2. “Would there be many Irish over where you are?”

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I… suppose? But I didn’t exactly move for the Irish people.

3. “What’s the weather like at this time of year?”

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Followed by pronouncements of, “That sounds awful hot” or “I wouldn’t be able for that myself now”.

4. “We must meet up for a pint while you’re here over Christmas!”

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You and I both know that we will never meet up for that pint.

5. “I didn’t know you were home!”

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Sorry, I didn’t get a chance to send out a press release.

6. “Would you not think of coming back?”

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One of the most frequently asked questions. Followed closely by…

7. “You’d be mad to come back.”

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That may be the case, but perhaps I would like to come back. Did you ever think of that?

8. “What’s the Guinness like over there?”

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This is just an opportunity for you to smugly say that it’s better in Ireland, isn’t it?

9. “Would you still be in touch with [X person who emigrated to same hemisphere as you]?”

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10. “And tell us, what was the trip home like?”

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As they curl up expecting you to tell a story of a journey fraught with delays and treachery.

“Eh, the plane was grand, I suppose?”

11. “Do they really have barbecues on the beach at Christmas?”

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Yes, and I wish I was there right there now.

12. “Ah, it just can’t be the same as being at home, though.”

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Okay, you got us there.

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Amy O'Connor

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