My international group of quilting friends, the Global Piecers, are currently discussing Christmas traditions in their various families and countries.
As Advent begins, I thought I would share some of the things that Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without for me. The Advent calendar and Advent candle is one of course, counting down to Christmas Day.
I love getting all the decorations out and remembering where they came from, when DS or DD made them, or remembering DH's mum or thinking of my parents when we hang decorations that were theirs. I love this so much that I don't understand how people can get everything new each year, maybe in a completely different colour scheme but I think that a lot of people do (judging by the trollies full of glitter and bling in the shops). We do buy one decoration each year, always an angel and often from a different country or a new place in England that we visit. Al brought an angel home from NZ with him last month, a beautiful glass one.
Lothlorien" (from LOTR) by the children.
There are food traditions too. I suppose our longest standing tradition was started by my parents many years ago and continued by my sister and I and now by our children. We always have a Christmas breakfast of smoked salmon with lemon, scrambled eggs and brown bread and butter, with orange juice, champagne or a mixture of the two according to preference.
One year when my sister and I were still at home my mother decided to have a buffet rather than a cooked meal on Christmas Eve and she lit the house with candles. It was magical and really heightened the anticipation and wonder of Christmas Eve. This hasn't become an event that happens every year but sometimes, when enough of us are together, we will have a Christmas Eve Candlelit Buffet. This year will be one of those years and I'm excited about it already.
I love thinking of us all around the world, thank you so much Teresa for starting this thread on our Global Piecers' group site.