“In Spain, as in almost all parts of the world, we celebrate Christmas by getting together as a family, preparing dinner, and celebrating. The typical family menu here consists of seafood-based starters and first courses of lamb, turkey, or cod. Unlike in other countries, Christmas gifts are not given to children on the 25th. Instead, they are given on January 6th, commemorating the arrival of the Three Wise Kings to see baby Jesus.”
“We always have homemade pancakes after opening presents Christmas morning and usually have some sort of pasta dish for dinner instead of the more traditional ham. My cats also each get a stocking :)”
Here in Germany, the main day of celebration is Christmas Eve, the 24th. We – my Mom and I – always meet for gift-giving with my sister’s family and eat either some kind of roast or raclette – my favorite which it will be this year. Christmas Day and Boxing Day are also bank holidays here so a lot of families meet on those days too. We always visit my Dad on Christmas Day. As an introvert, I am happy to enjoy the last day with some quiet at home ;)
“When my kids were little, we started the tradition of driving around to look at Christmas lights. We first pick up a pizza and then have a picnic in the car as we try to find the best-decorated homes in our community.”
“If I am traveling to India then there isn’t a celebration. If I am with Paul in the US, it could be anything – a simple meal at home or Chinese takeout. We put up a very small Christmas tree and Paul hangs the stockings. We exchange cards and keep it simple.”
We hope that you enjoyed this advent calendar and have a wonderful Christmas however you celebrate!