I was away from Newfoundland & Labrador during the holidays quite a bit over the years, working and living in various parts of the North American continent. During those times I experienced a fair amount of homesickness during the festive season, but I always managed to make the best of it. I can't say I was ever sad about being away, just missing the friends and family aspect of Christmas.
All these comments above are of course true experiences...or at least my play on true experiences! Panel 5 always cracked me up. The 'mummies' are most certainly the 'mummers' of Newfoundland & Labrador fame...but mentioned here through the innocent words of a child.