When you strip away the trappings of Christmas—the gifts, the decorations, and everything else that Hallmark and Martha Stewart promote to ensure a "perfect" holiday—you're left with one all-important element: family.
This Christmas I will cherish the time with my family and friends here in the U.S. even more since it's likely to be the last holiday I spend with them for a while. I wish I didn't have to choose between my American family and my Argentine one, but I found out long ago that there are plenty of tough choices to be made in life. Maybe some day I will sit at one table with all those people who are important to me—now that would be a special Christmas.
To all of my family and friends: no matter what corner of the world you call home, you are in my heart this holiday. I dedicate this Christmas song, Los reyes magos by Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez, to you all.