Expat Life, Family Life

Christmas Day 2014

December 29, 2014

This is our third expat Christmas in Oman and away from the UK. I can’t say that it gets any easier.

The first two Christmas’ as Expats have been pretty crappy but thankfully I can report that this Christmas has restored my faith in the festive season. Hurrah!

As you mature into an adult the special Christmas sparkle tends to fade a little.
Instead of enjoying it you might find yourself trying to please everyone else, plan every single detail and worrying how to finance it all. This year I finally stopped putting so much pressure on myself and just enjoyed having people around me and seeing Spencer’s face as he opened his presents. That was much more precious that stressing out baking cakes and making gift tags that no one even looks at.

You can read all about Spencer’s first Christmas here.

This year my brother, Graham, joined us in Muscat for Christmas. Bringing generous presents and a fresh lease of life he certainly perked up our home sick moods so we were able to enjoy the time together.

01 Spencer TRex

One of the main differences this year is that we dined out for our Christmas meal – The first year I stressfully cooked a feast, the second we went somewhere cheap and convenient. This year we went upmarket and spent a bit more money so there was no stress over the ingredients, keeping family recipes and cleaning up afterwards. It was so worth the extra bit of money! As usual the Shangri La put on a delicious and varied feast.

01 Christmas lunch

As per standard Christmas practice we indulged in too much good food, laughed a lot and told stories of Christmases past.

01 Ginger bread house

After lunch we headed to the other side of the resort so Spencer could meet Santa. To see Santa arriving on the back of a camel was a great surprise. Watching him dismount was very amusing.
All the kids graciously waited their turn to sit with Mr Claus and received a lovely gift.

The event was very impressive by the Shangri La as they laid on festive foods and drinks, Santa, good quality gifts and a photo of your kid with Santa all for no extra charge. It topped off the day perfectly!

01 Santa on a camel

My brother can’t say that I didn’t take him somewhere nice for Christmas Day.. We had great views, the ocean, sunshine, lots of food AND camels.

01 Graham Shangri La

Then he wanted to go and find his own camel..

01 Graham's camel

01 Camel

The winter sunshine is beautiful but secretly I still wish for even just one frosty morning. It just doesn’t feel festive without it!

01 Heather Christmas

01 Colin Shangri La

01 Graham and Spencer

And after all the festivities are over it is time for a nap…

01 Christmas Penny

Until the next event, I’m planning something BIG in a months time.. Can you guess what for?!

Hope that you all had a wonderful festive season,

Heather x

PS- Big Christmas hello to Ben, Adam, Jen, Poppa Robertson, Nannie, Granda, Stacie, Kate and Uncle Bob!

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  • Reply Dahlia December 30, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Glad to see all the merriment (Omani style)

    Wishing you a Happy New Year and a phenomenal year ahead


    • Reply Heather December 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Thank you Dahlia!

      Hope to see you in the New Year, have a great one! x

  • Reply Magesh January 3, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Hello Heather,
    Loved your article on Christmas Day at “Shangri La ” and other posts as well. Lucid writing , accompanied by nice photos .. U sure have a gift for writing….

    • Reply Heather January 6, 2015 at 9:48 AM

      Thank you for your kind comment Magesh, it is very much appreciated.

      Have a great day,

      Heather 🙂

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