Post # 31
TwilightRarity : this is what we did growing up! My dad would start cooking gumbo in the morning on Christmas Eve and it would take all. Day. Then all evening friends and neighbors would pop in and out to eat some gumbo with us :-). Was very cool. I tried to recreate it using my dad’s recipe one year (I live far from my mom now, dad is gone) and it was no where near as delicious.
Post # 32
Finnish bee here. For us Christmas eve is the the day of celebration. That’s when we have our big dinner, exchange gifts and all that. Christmas day is about chilling out and then on boxing day people visit each other.
So in general Christmas eve starts with watching the declaration of Christmas peace at noon. Old tradition on 13th century. We have some rice porridge for lunch and Then we head to church (we are not religious but it’s a nice moment). Then we prepare rest of the dinner. Ham, Turkey, fish, potatoe salad, different vegetable casserole. After dinner we exchange presents. For families with children the Santa Claus comes to bring the gifts. So basically the family orders a santa from a service. My parents live on a street with a lot of kids so it’s funny to see Santa’s driving around to visit families. Then we usually watch a crappy Christmas movie.
On Christmas day we go to the cemetery to light candles. Then we eat some more and just chill. On boxing day we visit relatives. So yeah, Christmas eve is the day. The others are just meh.
Post # 33
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
rez123 : I love the visual of santas driving around!
Post # 34
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
Twizbe : yes December is always crazy. We have lots of parties, no kids ones yet though! After Boxing Day we are doing more house renovations but I’ve booked us in for a spa aftwrnoon on the 31st before we head our for a party.
Christingle services are one of my strongest memories as a kid.
Post # 35
U.S. here – while both are big holidays, I think Christmas is bigger than Thanksgiving in my circle. My Christmas traditions as a kid were pretty much the same every year; as a married adult, Darling Husband and I change it up a bit.
As a kid
Lots of cookie baking and card writing leading up the Christmas (and wrapping gifts once I got old enough to help my dad and mom wrap). On Christmas Eve, we’d go to Mass, then come back and take family photos in front of our (real) tree. Kids would got to bed so Santa could come.
Christmas morning, we’d wake up early, wait until 7 a.m. to wake our parents, and run downstairs. Mom and Dad would make coffee while we opened our stockings, then took photos while we opened the gifts under the tree. We’d have a big breakfast afterwards, then leave for my Grandma’s house (later aunt’s house after the family got too big for Grandma’s) to see my entire maternal extended family who would drink a ton of red wine, exchange gifts, and have a huge meal featuring both a turkey and lasagna along will all the sides. Picture a table of 20+ loud, tipsy Italians. When my great grandma was still alive, the adults played poker on Christmas night while the kids played games.
As an adult
This the 2nd year in a row that Darling Husband and I have decided to stay home and do our own Christmas.
Two nights befor Christmas, we set up an air mattress and sleep in front of the tree/fireplace.
We get Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve (a tradition I picked up from my mom after she got tired to cooking fish or ham that us kids wouldn’t eat). We go to a late Christmas Eve church service, then fill each others’ stockinga before going to bed,
Christmas morning, we open presents and eat breakfast that cooked in the crockpot over night. We usually Skype briefly with family. Last year, we joined another family for Christmas Day dinner, this year we are making fondue. 🙂
Post # 36
christmas eve is reserved for the seven fish dinner. i hate it. christmas day is usually a ham or turkey. christmas morning i make a nig breakfast with memosas
Post # 37
EllyAnne : I’m Australian. It’s going to be 28″C here for Christmas day, which is quite cool for Christmas. Two years ago it was 42″C.
We alternate what family we do for Christmas lunch, but the common themes are always a ham (my favourite is ham cooked in a webber BBQ with pineapple pinned to it), prawns, salads, a traditional Christmas pudding that no one eats, delicious chocolates that everyone eats.
We all wear Santa hats and start drinking at about 11am. Kids open most of their presents in the morning with mum and dad, but open their smaller presents from extended relatives after lunch. In addition to their actual presents, everyone brings a couple of cheap crappy bits and pieces like bubbles or water pistols etc for the kids to play with.
Paul Kelly – How to make Gravy must be played at least twice. It’s the traditional Australian Christmas Carol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh79619xxk8
Then in the evening we will catchup with friends, go to the beach if it’s hot, go to a house if it’s not, and drink more. Boxing day is just relaxing and sleeping in.
Post # 38
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
youngbrokebride : I think one day I will spend a Christmas in Australia. We were in Miami for Christmas when I was about 12 and it was one of the coldest days on record! An Aussie Christmas sounds a bit healthier because of the seafood people gravitate towards when it’s not. I love seafood. Ok I’m hungry again now.
ETA: I would probably just die if it got over 40 degrees.
Post # 39
We have my mom’s whole family get together int he afternoon for dinner. Usually it’s at my cousin’s house and we have about 19 people. This year it’s at my mom’s house and everyone is getting here at 2 pm. I live in CA but my whole family is in NJ so I come back every year for Christmas.
We are Italian American so we eat Italian usually – my mom is making 100 manicotti, plus sausage and meatballs. And tons of appetizers and desserts and Christmas cookies.
My family is big drinkers so my cousins and I usually try to make a fun shot or cocktail for each holiday. All of us stay late and drink. lol.
Post # 40
US bee, but my family is ethnically Scandinavian. Our morning starts with cardamom coffee cake with butter of chocolate coffee cake, plus coffee. Around lunch time, we have Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, falukorv (a type of sausage), and limpa (rye bread) toast, plus more coffee. We might also have some scrambled eggs or OJ if we’re extra hungry. Then around 4:00 or 5:00 we either eat Swedish meatballs with scalloped potatoes (our ingredients are only potatoes, butter, whole milk, and salt & pepper), inlagd gurka (pickled cucumber salad), veggies, and lingonberries OR we eat “Swedish supper,” which means summer sausage slices, special cheese (bond ost and farmer cheese, if we can get them, which we can’t lately), inlagd gurka, lingonberries, etc. And more coffee all day. Dessert is usually rice pudding, if we have some, which we often don’t.
My partner and I usually leave my parents’ house before lunch begins and goes to his parents and they eat what I consider boring white people food (turkey, beef, etc with grilled veggies, bead, and fruit salad). Lots of cookies & sweets – it’s a bit much for me.
Post # 41
Midwestern bee! We travel every thanksgiving to be with my spouse’s family, so Christmas we get to stay home. We host a big family party on Christmas Eve so actual Christmas Day can be more chill – just us and our son. 🙂
Post # 42
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
EllyAnne : claroquesi : I love reading about these different traditions! So cool!
Post # 43
In Canada. My family is SUPER ritualistic about our Christmas — my husband makes groundhog day jokes about how we eat and do all the same things at all the same times on christmas eve and christmas day. Our traditions are hacked together from English and German roots plus fun/tasty stuff we randomly incorporated over the years. At this point our family is six adults — me and my sister, our partners and my parents.
Christmas Eve: we all spend the day together at my parents’ house and have a big lunch of fancy cheese and spreads and olives and sausage rolls etc, then usually spend the afternoon baking mince pies or gingerbread, and my husband bakes a giant german Christmas bread called stollen. We have tea-time mid-afternoon with “christmas cake” (classic super dense english fruit cake) and shortbread, and then dinner is served on the fancy china and is gravlax (swedish cured salmon my mum makes… we are not in any way swedish, she got the recipe years ago at a swedish christmas fair and we adopted it) with rye bread, asparagus and a fancy soup. The gravlax is DELICIOUS. After dinner we usually have a couple drinks, might play a board game, people wrap gifts and put them under the tree, and then we head to bed so “santa” can fill our stockings (my mum still does this, it’s very sweet).
Christmas day: my mother is up making stuffing and getting the Turkey in the oven by 9:00. We get dressed for the day and have stollen for breakfast, then go into the living room to open stockings and exchange gifts, ritually interrupted every 20 minutes by the kitchen timer for turkey basting. Then we all help prep the rest of the meal, and sit down to a big turkey dinner at about 1:00. In the afternoon we typically lounge around feeling bloated, reading books we got for christmas, playing board games and generally being lazy. We usually have some cracker and cheese and wine as a light supper later in the evening.
Post # 44
sarathemermaid : We once had a very dear Canadian friend visit during Christmas, and he was somewhat exhausted and had gained several pounds by the time he left; he did say that the country did know how to party
Post # 45
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
sarathemermaid : I hadn’t been feeling very Christmassy but hearing about all the traditions has revived my Christmas spirit. Plus I just finished work and don’t go back until Jan 2nd 🙂