My First White Christmas

Christmas, for me, usually starts in August. This year, it started when the snow fell.

Snow has been romanticized by everything I've watched on TV with it. It looked very appealing because it's photogenic and the outfits you need to wear while it's snowing were very cute.

It took me four months to adjust to the colder temperature here in the US, and what a relief that I didn't come here right as winter started.

Aside from the snow, there were a lot of new things that I experienced on my first Christmas here in the US. Here are some of them.

Getting Christmas Decor from Nature

We got a real pine tree and wreath as decorations for the house. I've been used to plastic Christmas trees since the Philippines was more abundant with palm trees.

Obviously, these ones need more care. They are sprayed with water every day to keep them fresh. For the tree, I put a pitcher of water every 2 days in its tree stand to help nourish it.

If you have cats, be prepared for them to try climbing it and removing the ornaments. There's also the chewing of the branches. Vacuuming the pine needles that fall off from the tree also helped with their safety.

There's more maintenance with these but I like them more. They add a fresh pine scent in the house that smells refreshing.

Pulling Out Stocking Stuffers

We spent a relaxed day at home and the first thing we did to celebrate Christmas was to get our stocking stuffers.

I've never had stocking stuffers since houses in tropical countries don't need fireplaces (where stockings are usually hanged).

Don't worry, we won't eat the chocolates in one sitting.

Having a Different Christmas Feast

The usual staples I had every year were a cake, spaghetti, fried chicken, and ham.

For this year, I had something different.

First off, we bought a 7-pound ham from the store. This is the biggest ham I've bought so far. They don't come in a fancy box like the ones in Filipino supermarkets.

It was glazed and baked to perfection by my husband for 2.5 hours. Look at this beauty after it got out of the oven.

My mother-in-law made green bean casserole which is apparently a Christmas staple here in the US.

On top of that, we had dinner rolls and mashed potatoes.

I know it will take me some time to get used to these new traditions but I'm liking the change.

How about you? What did you do to celebrate Christmas?

I'd love to know in the comments section below. :)

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