Yesterday’s post by Andrea, and the corresponding comments from some of you, got me thinking…Â This time of year is so full of many different holidays and celebrations,Â how do you celebrate?
I am from the U.S., currently living in the Virgin islands, and my family celebrates Christmas. Since we’re a military family, we keep things simple for the holidays, but we have our little traditions.
We prefer to have a live Christmas tree, but they’re far too pricey here in the islands, so it’s an artificial tree for us, for now. We typically put our tree up and decorate it around December 10, but this year, I was homesick for snow and that wintry feeling, so we put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving. Every ornament on our Christmas tree means something to at least one person in the family. They’re all very special.
One of our family traditions is to open one small gift on Christmas eve, then save the rest for Christmas morning. We spend the rest of Christmas day watching our favorite holiday movies, cooking, and enjoying our gifts from one another. My husband is German, so I like to try to make traditional German goodies every year, but I also make a few things from my childhood too. Every year, though, I like to make something less traditional for us. Something that I’ve never made before, but that is common on Christmas tables from different places around the world. This year, I think I’m going to make the bread sauce that was mentioned in yesterday’s post! If anyone has a family recipe that they would love to share, I’d be honored to attempt making it!
When I was a little girl, we would all spend Christmas at my grandmother’s or my aunt’s house. After gifts and lots of food, we would break up into groups and play cards and board games. Then everyone would gather around the piano and we would belt out carols! I miss those Christmases so much, but I’m happy to be forming new traditions with my family.
Now it’s your turn, everyone parties differently, so what holidays do you celebrate and how do you do it? Where do you live and what are your holiday traditions? How do you decorate? What’s for dinner? More importantly, what’s for dessert?! Are there any unusual customs in your country that people participate in or unusual foods that are prepared?
I can’t wait to hear from everyone and thanks for sharing!