New Foreign Service lyrics to the holiday standard provided by Francesca Kelly.
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays
Even though you’re not sure just where home is,
While the places you roam through in a kind of daze,
Range from Kathmandu to Paris to Tabriz.
Our little New Year’s tree in Moscow
Shed its needles all around,
And just try to find menorahs in Nepal,
And on Thanksgiving Day in Turkey
There’s no turkey to be found,
Yet my kids say nothing beats a
Big Italian Xmas pizza,
Yes, we’ve had many homes for the holidays
And they’ve all featured ovens much too small,
After years of roast chicken on Thanksgiving Day,
I’m so thankful for my U.S. Butterball
Francesca Huemer Kelly, a Foreign Service spouse presently based in Brussels, is a professional free-lance writer, published regularly in American and international magazines. She is a founder of Tales from a Small Planet, was the website’s editor-in-chief from 1999 to 2003, and currently serves in an advisory capacity. Also a trained concert singer, Ms. Kelly has lived in Milan, Leningrad, Moscow, Belgrade, Vienna, Ankara and Rome. She is the mother of four children.