An American Christmas vlog

December 23, 2014 No Comments
I was so excited to take part in a Christmas challenge with Ice Currency Exchange. Set the task of trying out another countries Christmas traditions I was allocated America. My job was to put together a package for the perfect American Christmas and I loved deciding which elements to try out.
We all know Americans go all out when decorating their home, anyone who’s watched Home Alone will have seen the incredible decorations inside and out of the houses. So I picked up lots of Christmas decorations for the tree and a garland for the fireplace which I added lights and decorations to. I also bought some beautiful white stockings from eBay* to hang from the fireplace and a stunning candle* from Sainsbury’s that smells like pine trees so we can have that authentic real tree smell without the hassle of pine needles all over the floor. I bought some christmas figures including the sparkliest reindeer  and penguin* I even dressed the table with a beautiful beaded table runner, floral centre piece that I also added baubles to and  a silver candle in the centre*
The outside of the house is even more important than the inside and many households in the US compete for the best display including rope lights, fairy lights and even life size figures or animals.  We decorated the outside of our house with lots of lights including pretty twinkling icicle lights* and a light up reindeer* and of course we added the traditional wreath to the front door too.
Food wise I knew I had to make pumpkin pie* which is an American Festive favourite. I made it with canned pumpkin and yes I cheated and bought pre-made pastry cases, I know bad blogger!! I added a pecan and sugar topping to both pies too. I also popped my own popcorn* and threaded it onto wire to add into the fireplace garland, another big American tradition and one that I’ve never tried before. Egg nog is another popular choice at Christmas in the US which I would have loved to have tried it but sadly I’m dairy and egg intolerant so I decided this might not be the tradition for me :-)
Finally we know Americans like to dress up their pets even more than we Brits do and so to get Eddie into the festive spirit I got him a little Christmas pudding outfit* and he said thank you by trying to eat the popcorn garlands!
I thought to really show you my American Christmas I’d make my first ever vlog. So here it is, hope you enjoy it or watch it over on my You Tube channel 

Really hope you liked my first vlog and thank you to International Currency Exchange for a brilliant Christmas challenge.

I was provided with a budget to purchase items to help with my American themed Christmas and any items marked with a * were bought using this money.
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