What are the traditions of Christmas in my family home? About that, I could write a book.
Preparations for Christmas began with general housework. Then there is a huge shopping trip, but we do not chase promotions and gifts. We had to buy food at That time from Christmas to New Year. For shopping, we often went out with whole family and we waited in long queues from 5 in the morning in the cold. It was not a bad time, because there were other children there so it was also a fun time.
Preparing the traditional 12 dishes started early in the morning on Christmas Eve. Mostly my mom did it. My father baked cakes, decorated the Christmas tree and my sisters and I helped him. When everything was ready, we waited for the first star on the sky, and next we sat down to the table, and my father started a festive dinner. We had to try all 12 dishes ( (of course, stomach upset guaranteed)), as children we ate it in 10 minutes, because after dinner we got gifts. Sometimes Santa Nicolas brought gifts, or sometimes the Star brought gifts, depending on whether the first words said my mother or my dad. Our gifts have always been modest, sometimes we were so happy, and sometimes we cried that "stupid Santa N." brought wrong gift.
With my husband, I create my own tradition. We moved our best memories from childhood to our house and we've added something which is just ours. We do not do a huge shopping. We buy a real Christmas tree, which I decorate much earlier than in my family home. There are a lot of hand-made decorations. I bake gingerbread with my little boy and I cook dumplings- pierogi for my husband, and he cooks the cabbage with mushrooms and other delicacies. I adopted from the Dutch tradition marzipan cake with nuts and raisins, and the English tradition of Christmas Crackers. What else will build our tradition? I'll know in time.
Christmas is one of the most beautiful holidays. It is magical and not forgotten, and we can create tradition ourselves, for us and for our children. Maybe this year we roast the Christmas turkey? I do not know. For sure it will be a wonderful time spent with the family.