Monthly Archives: December 2013

What NOT to Do at Christmas: A Guide for Brits

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So, as we’ve said, Christmas in the U.S. isn’t too different from what we knew back in Blighty, but there are a few things worth noting.

Eating Out: 10 Differences Between Britain and America

Always pouring: free refills are much more common on the left side of the Pond. (Photo:  	Florian Plag via Wikimedia Commons)

I’ll never forget the look of surprise and disgust on my American waiter’s face the first time I asked for mayonnaise and then proceeded to dip my fries in it.

7 British Food Habits Americans Will Never Understand

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While the U.K. has undoubtedly embraced American food tastes and trends, with the introduction of TGIF and the like, the reciprocity has been a little slow.

6 American Food Habits Brits Will Never Understand

Marshmallows and veg? Oh no. Brits like their sweet and savory dishes separate. (Photo via Food Network)

Despite the fact that many American food trends are now global, there are still a few dishes that Brits here don’t do.

British Expat of the Month: Fiona Bloom, Publicist Extraordinaire

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Like it or not, we’re living in age where social media is a daily part of our lives. For many of us it’s a happy addition, allowing us to see friends around the world and get free access to more information and humor (and ...

5 Ways for Brits to Accidentally Offend Americans

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A pleasant side effect of coming to the U.S. is that you will meet and befriend lots of Americans.

A British Hitchhiker’s Guide to Understanding America’s Driving Lingo

The 1908 Cadillac. (Photo: AP)

The rise of the automobile in America in the 1890s gave birth to an exciting new vocabulary of words and phrases. Like the machines that spawned them, much of this vehicle vernacular was then exported around the world, where it aged as ...

10 Classic ‘Christmas’ Songs That Will Remind Brits of Home

The late Kirsty MacColl and Shane Macgowan in The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' video.

Christmas is approaching like a fishtailing, overloaded juggernaut, but expats won’t get to experience the annual “tradition” that is the Christmas song and the race for the Xmas No. 1 single. The splintered U.

10 All-American Christmas Gifts to Send to British Friends Back Home

Classic American children's book are great items to gift to the young ones back home. (Photo via Harper & Brothers)

Now that you live in the U.S., your nearest and dearest will want to sample the spoils of your fancy U.S. life.

Christmas Traditions: Britain vs. America

Americans love their egg nog at Christmas time— there's even a recipe for a vegan, gluten-free version via Elana's Pantry. (Photo: Elana Amsterdam, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved)

As with many cultural differences between the U.K. and the United States, you’d be forgiven for believing that Christmas is the same on either side of the Pond.