Christmas American Style!

The lead up to Christmas was not quite as rambunctious as I was expecting, no nativity play at school, most establishments had minimal Christmas decoration and unexpectedly a few times when I said 'Merry Christmas' to someone they casually said 'we don't celebrate Christmas' I found this to be mildly awkward I guess this is why 'Happy Holidays!' is the more traditional term to say over here!

After numerous shopping trips, two school 'winter' parties, reassuring the children Father Christmas will still find them in Austin and my husbands family arriving Christmas Eve, our first Christmas Day in America had finally arrived! 

It started as a lovely warm day and after breakfast, opening presents and us all wearing Christmas jumpers we head out for a walk around the neighbourhood and local lake, this resulted in a few compliments from passing Americans on our matching attire! The afternoon was a typical Christmas day of late turkey lunch, drinking, catching up with absent family, TV watching and taking it in turns to play with the children until it was time for bed!

I will share with you one of my presents which I'm very excited about, I was lucky enough to get a new camera, a Panasonic lumix FZ70...this means nothing to me either but I love it! I'm going to attend a photography course in the New Year so soon you'll hopefully notice the quality of my photos improving on this blog!

As husband's family are here until New Year we have been out more than usual, a new location we visited was the city of San Antonio just over one hours drive from Austin and our first stop was a visit to The Alamo, it claims to be Texas' most visited historical landmark.

As we had the children with us who swiftly got bored we then went onto a bar named The Buckhorn Salon and Museum for a margarita, the array of animal heads on the walls was a tad nauseating but like rubberneckers passing a car accident you can't take your eyes off them...

Next on our list was the San Antonio River-walk, a beautiful river lined with restaurants, bars, hotels and other attractions, we had barely walked 2 minutes when we saw a place called the Mad Dog British Pub normally when we are on holiday we completely avoid British pubs but this one I couldn't fly through the door quick enough....I definitely miss the familiarity of England. 

My next post will be my first of 2015 so 
Happy New year to you all, have a good one!

Seychelles Mama


  1. Ahhh yes "happy holidays" a term I never really got used to while we lived in America!! I am surprised that there was so little decorations everywhere though, that's kind of sad :(
    Such a shame that people got a little funny when you wished them a merry Christmas
    Sounds like your day was lovely though. Here in Seychelles it's obviously far too hot for Christmas jumpers so my mum got us Christmas Tshirts to wear instead, I love them!!!
    Lovely that you had family out with you too, definitely a way to make an expat Christmas more special!!
    Thank you so much for joining in with #myexpatfamily hope to see you again next month :) x

  2. Hi! Thank you for your message I love the Christmas T-shirt idea just brilliant! And I've enjoyed reading your blog, your photos look very tempting to make the Seychelles our next holiday destination! x

  3. This was my second time attending an event at this place, and was my first business event here (the other event was a charity show). Everything was perfect, the drinks and food was amazing. Even the coffee at event spaces was wonderful.

    1. Hi! I'm glad you enjoyed your time there too, what is your blog name? I would love to take a look :)