Merry Christmas everybody!
Christmas eve is the main happening around Christmas in my family. Tonight we’re going to have a traditional meal that we all love and look forward to all year, we’re going to open the presents underneath the tree and we’re going to watch Czech fairytale movies on TV. I thought today I’d share my own Christmas traditions with you, and I’d love to hear about yours!
The Dutch generally don’t really have Christmas traditions; individual families may, but I don’t think there’s anything everybody does. I know many people like to go “gourmetten” with family or friends. The dinner table is laden with little pieces of meat and vegetables, sauces, dips and baguettes, and people can prepare their own food on a hot plate on the centre of the table. Although this is a lot of fun to do, I have to admit it doesn’t really fit my idea of Christmas so I’m glad I was brought up with the Czechoslovak traditions, haha!
On the day of Christmas eve, Czech television airs fairytale movies all day (often very old ones as well) so we’ll just relax and watch those while making preparations for dinner. Right before dinner, my brother and I leave the room and wait until we hear the bell ring, as a sign that the presents have come. Then we come back into the living room and everybody gets to open their presents.
Our Christmas eve dinner consist of a starter of very thin wafers, served with honey, walnuts and garlic, which are said to bring good health, prosperity and wisdom. Afterwards we have a traditional sauerkraut soup.
The main course consists of carp traditionally, but we prefer to have cod and salmon. The fish is fried and served with potato salad.
For desert we eat some of the Christmas cookies that we baked and got sent by grandma.
On the first and second day of Christmas, we don’t really have traditions anymore. Usually Robbert comes over or I go over to his place and we just spend the day with family and lots of great food.
I love how every country and family celebrates Christmas in a different way, how do you celebrate Christmas at home? Do you celebrate it at all?
Have a great day everybody!