US bees: If you celebrate Christmas, what do you do and eat on Christmas Day?

posted 10 months ago in Holidays
Post # 46
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

i love both holidays, but it really depends on work. Working in the hospitality industry im not guaranteed one or the other off every year. I live out of state from all my immediate family and relatives, so it really comes down to D.H. family. 

personally i love christmas morning the most, its nice to wake up cook breakfast and just lounge around and open gifts here and there. But ever since getting married and having to spend holidays with D.H. family its not nearly as exciting anymore. They just dont do holidays, and everything tends to revolve around their teenage grandkids who live 5 hours away. 

Now a days we tend to wait around the majority of christmas day for them to get here, watch them open gifts and then go home. Im not gonna lie its been a buzz kill the past couple of years for me. Once we have our little guy next year, im definitely going to insist doing christmas different or starting a new christmas tradition. 

Post # 47
514 posts
Busy bee

I’m Australian, but I would love to live in a country where it snows at Christmas and have a really special traditional Christmas. Anything goes in Australia really, from a roast to bbq or seafood. My family has quite a few rifts these days, so we never have big family get togethers anymore. For me it’s not Christmas without Christmas pudding (preferably with brandy sauce/custard) and I love mince pies. My grandfather was English and I feel the English really know how to do Christmas properly. He was always a very generous host and made sure the fridge was always well stocked with drinks and people were well-looked after – Christmas isn’t the same anymore. Also there must be bonbons/Christmas crackers at the table to crack before the meal. 

Post # 48
514 posts
Busy bee

Oh and when I was a child every Christmas Eve we would have a “street party”. We would all take our chairs food/nibbles/drinks and gather with our neighbours. Sometime during the evening “Santa” from the local community (voluntary) fire brigade would come on a fire truck (you would know he was coming when you heard the bell ringing) to deliver bags of lollies to all of the kids. That was always the highlight of Christmas Eve growing up. They still do it and my kids love it! Not sure if it’s a thing all over Australia or just in certain areas.

Post # 49
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m German. Traditionally, my sister and I celebrated Christmas with my mum, sometimes at home sometimes with my grandmother or my aunt. The main bit was Christmas Eve. Big dinner, often venison; that’s not traditional but we have hunters in the family. Then present opening around the tree. Late mass, bed. Visit more family on the 25th and 26th. That ended when we were in our teens. Mum refused to have a tree, none of us really liked church. So on Christmas Eve we drank tea and ate cookies all day and read. Absolutely no TV. Open presents after a simple dinner. Read some more.

Nowadays sister has two small kids and doesn’t want to travel. I have 4 cats and don’t want to travel. Mum has a boyfriend and doesn’t want to travel. So this year, a close friend is celebrating Christmas with my husband and me. She’s coming on Christmas Eve, in the afternoon. There will be turkey breast, mashed potato and beans and creme brulee. Then films and booze. The next day, her sister and sister’s fiance are coming for lunch (Bavarian roast pork with crackling, dumplings, kraut and mushroom cream for vegetarians; rhubarb crumbke). THEN we’ll do presents and eat German cookies, English Christmas cake and mince pies and Italian panettone. We’re greedy. I think it will be the best Christmas ever.

Post # 50
1342 posts
Bumble bee

I didn’t realise us Brits were so rigid in our Xmas celebrations until I read this thread, there’s so much variance in what people do in the US compared to us. My Xmas is pretty much identical to the OP’s with the exception of midnight mass and the walk. 

Post # 51
88 posts
Worker bee

I’m not sure if I relate to the other UK bees, but every family is different.

Christmas eve is spent prepping food for the next day, sometimes seeing OH’s family and an early night.

Christmas day is waking up at 6am, getting ready to go to families house but still staying in festive pajamas. Then presents from Santa, presents from everyone else then a coffee and breakfast of usually pancakes and bacon, crumpets or a small fry up.

Usually whilst cooking, festive movies are put on for the kids and adults. Cheese, crackers and assorted nibbles (lots of chocolate) is eaten while we wait.

Food is served usually around 4pm, consisting of; turkey, roast beef, roast chicken, sausages, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, gravy, Brussels sprouts, roast parsnips, roast carrots, sweetcorn, peas and haggis.

Usually after dinner we watch Doctor Who and eat either Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, chocolate cake or a festive pavlova. All served with either thick cream, brandy cream, brandy butter, vanilla ice cream or custard.

After that we’re usually too full of food and watch whatever’s on tv or another festive movie before an early night.

Sometimes we work boxing day, but if not then it’s a day to eat leftovers and go on a brisk winters walk.

Post # 52
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

AB Bride :  Yes! The recipe looks gross when it’s written out, but wifesaver is so tasty. We’re not from Calgary so the fame must have spread quickly in the 80s, haha.

Post # 54
1296 posts
Bumble bee

This is the Second xmas living with my fh. He has some stress with the season as his mother  hosted xmas and passed away at xmas 10 years ago. We are currently in an isolated region for work, so we celebrate xmas on a day we both have off (ie: today). I make a nice dinner. We have appetizers, gifts, drinks, then turkey dinner and desserts. Very personal and sweet. Xx 


PS we are in.the subarctic temp, saving money. There is snow 10 mos a year

Post # 55
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

D H and I work in fields that don’t get the holidays off, so we don’t ever have set plans because usually one of us is working some part of the holiday. 

Growing up, we had an extended family party on Christmas Eve. It was a formal-ish ham dinner and then the adults would do a Yankee swap gift exchange. Kids also got presents (usually one from their grandparents and one from the kid secret santa). Christmas day we opened gifts starting with our stockings (Santa left them at the foot of our bed with each individual item wrapped – kept us busy for a bit so Mom could sleep in longer lol). Then a big breakfast, and playing with our new toys/watching movies. Almost every year my mom hosted our grandparents and she’d cook a turkey or roast chicken. 


This year, I have to work Christmas eve night, and D H has to work Christmas night, so we’re not traveling anywhere. We’ll have my in laws and my parents over this weekend to exchange gifts and eat appetizer foods and catch up, and then stay home and do our own thing with our new little one for the actual holiday. Since we know our Christmas will look different year to year I would love to start incorporating some “annual traditions” that happen no matter what our work schedules are… I’m thinking of doing one gift to open on the 24th (pajamas) and reading the Polar Express. We also have other Christmas traditions that happen all month long and doesn’t really matter the date of those … we pick out our tree from the stand down the street, bake cookies, watch our “must see” holiday movies, and drive around to view the best decorated neighboorhoods while listening to christmas music and drinking hot chocolate. 

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