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My thanks to DaphneR for the inspriration!!
We were sat in the Euro Hot Tub the other night, chatting about the joys of Christmas (or not, for some), when the conversation swung around to decorating. It was fun to hear what others do during their festive celebrations, and it got me to thinking about all the other residents in Bloville. We are scattered to the four corners of the earth, and this must surely mean we all have different traditions when it comes to celebrating Christmas?
In the Hansen household, Norwegian tradition reigns supreme, but largely due to the fact that Mr Hansen's family were such a mish-mash of lineage and tradition that they sort of muddled along each year. Joining that family worked out well, as I (and my German sister-in-law) celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, and then we joined the rest of the family in celebrating on Christmas Day.
However, as with all dysfunctional families, divorce and wanderlust breaks up those traditions, and here we are in sunny England (say, what??)
Christmas starts on the first Sunday in Advent, with a lighting of the first candle. Gradually, during the weeks leading up to Christmas, Hansen Mansions is decorated, with the tree standing to one corner in the lounge, decorated only with white lights. Before you think Scrooge has swooped through and nicked all the tree decorations, we don't decorate our tree until Christmas Eve. We have very traditional decorations too... wooden hearts, bells, goats, pigs, straw men and goats, no tinsel, and a big straw star for the top of the tree. We also drape paper flags and hearts over the branches, and when I was a little girl we used to sit and make the paper hearts ourselves.
I don't work on Christmas Eve, and until I started my not-so-new job, I had to take that day off as annual leave. Since joining the university, I get to enjoy two weeks of holidays, including Christmas Eve, and it doesn't bite into my annual leave allowance of 6 weeks. Something to be said for higher education, eh!
So, what do you do at this time of year? Do you have traditions that you follow, traditions that you learned on your mother's knee, and that you're keen to hand down to your children? Do you leave the tree decorating to your children? I saw a beautifully decorated Kiwi tree the other day... you could tell Hobbits lived there, as all the decorations were around the lower part of the tree!! (Or was that 'cos it was Hobbit children doing the decorating??)
12/14/2005 7:53 am
Well we have a very tradition Christmas here, |
It starts on Christmas Eve, early in the afternoon we put the tree up,
and decorate it it more or less the same way as you discribed.
Years ago, when the children were younger, we would then go the the Chrismas Eve service at the local church, with the children and their grandparents. As they are now older, they choose not to go anymore.
Since my father-in-law died some 10 years ago, my mother-in-law always comes to us on Christmas Eve, After the church service we come back to a traditional German Christmas dinner, normaly a goose, with all the trimings. after dinner the presents that are under the tree are given out.
On Christmas day, we then visit mother in law, and lots of other family members are there , especialy most of our nephews an nieces, and presents for them are ditributed to them all.
The church service is a very important part of this ritual, not because we are very religious, but because most of the town are there, and afterwards we all chat and exchange greetings.
12/14/2005 7:54 am
oh p.s |
we always have the advents candles burning too, lighting the last one on Christmas Eve.