My First American Holiday Season

Solveig invited me to contribute to her Advent Calendar Event. For a mysterious reason my reblog landed here.

I wrote about my first family Christmas in California, three days after I had left Paris with my baby daughter to join my husband. Although many years have passed and we are now celebrating the holidays in a very American way, I haven’t forgotten this very first Christmas in a land that I had only visited once before.


P.S. The photos were not taken in Palo Alto in 1990 (my eyes weren’t big enough to even focus on a camera that night). I took them a couple of years ago when I visited Christmas Tree Lane in Fresno, CA, one of the most stunning holiday displays in the country.


I wish you all a Peaceful and Loving Holiday Season and invite you to read Solveig’s posts until Christmas. Like me she is from another place and now makes her home in…Paris.


  1. I enjoyed your post over at Solveig’s πŸ™‚ The only way I can relate is moving from one climate to another, and I did not care for it.
    I didn’t feel right about constant summer anyway, but when I was decorating the tree in my shorts and flip flops, it felt plain wrong. I’m so glad to be home.

    • It took me a while to go without a white Christmas. Once we had a lot of snow in California and it was gorgeous. Our holidays are now a mix between American and French traditions, but the shock of my very first holiday season is long gone. Although once in a while something (like antlers on a car) make me smile and remind me that I am in the United States. Enjoy the season, Joey.

  2. This was a super introduction for me to your style and really enjoyed how you get to the heart of the matter. β™‘ I like how you feel settled in and I sense joy, too. The wreath with the red checks and pine cones was simple but stunning.

  3. I see that you are still hanging out on the edge of Yosemite, Evelyne. Have a great holiday season. –Curt

  4. What are the French Christmas traditions, Evelyn?

  5. I enjoyed reading your post very much Evelyne, and have commented over at Solveig’s blog. I will be signing off soon for Christmas, so I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2016 πŸ™‚

  6. Merry Christmas, dear Evelyne! I hope it is full of joy!

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