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Old 24.12.2011, 13:50
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

I celebrated Dec. 6.

Juggling our responsibilities here and back in the US means that my husband and I can't travel together. So I go back to the States in early December to celebrate St. Nicholas' Day (when we exchange gifts) and a couple of family birthdays. Then after I get back to Switzerland OH heads off to the US for a short trip over Christmas to do his part in keeping the parents happy.

It's not perfect, but as we haven't figured out a way to be in two places at one time it's the best we can do. But it works out well, as this gives the elderly parents several visits to look forward to during the holiday season.



(The muttley crew have to wait until Christmas morning to see what Santa Paws has put in their stockings. )
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Old 24.12.2011, 14:44
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

Being pure British tomorrow is the big day for me. Presents in the morning followed by turkey/stuffing , beer and wine then snooze all afternoon.
Only problem is my Swiss partner - not only is she vegetarian but she is the reincarnation of Scrooge and the Grynch all rolled in to one
No carols from Kings or the Snowman for me
She simply hasn't got a sentimental bone in her

I don't care I'll do it on my own (I bought a Christmas bauble with a candle)

Merry Christmas to all!!
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

We will have presents in the morning on the 25th followed by ridiculously large lunch of turkey etc.

We have made one concession to Swiss-ness though and we will let the kids open 2 presents each tonight - which will be new pyjamas and a book to be read before bed

Despite living here for 14 years I can't get my head around the "big day" being Christmas Eve - when the shops are open - it just seems so wrong to me! I imagine the Swiss think the same about us
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Old 24.12.2011, 16:13
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

We are in Poland at my parents' house. Christmas Eve is a day of fasting (during the day) and feasting. The supper begins at the appearance of the first star. It includes many traditional dishes and deserts, notably carp, which is a must. Then we exchange gifts. There are many rituals and traditions on this day, which I'm not going to bore you with.
25 December is more casual and often spent with friends.
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Tonight my daughter will prepare a glass of milk and some cookies to put in a plate on the table. I will leave the balcony's door unlock for Santa. Tomorrow morning, we hope to find the glass of milk and the plate empty and lots of gifts under the tree.
Awww...we used to do that too as kids, we loved it!!!

Traditionally, in my family we go to the movies on the 24 afternoon, then eat a simple meal in the evening, as my dad works on Christmas day and has to wake up very early in the morning (the life of a pastry chef!). On the 25, some of us go to church, some of us lazy around on the couch while eating traditional Italian sweets and coffee for breakfast (), then, as dad comes home from work around 1:30pm, we have a big feast and we open presents. In the afternoon what we have done in the past was playing games, or receiving friends/relatives, or going to visit people in nursing homes who have no relatives to spend Christmas with.

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Oh, and my grandma (90-yr old traditional Italian lady) for some strange reason, loves the song "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer", even though she speaks no English, so she'll ask us to play it for her a million times!
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We are in Poland at my parents' house. Christmas Eve is a day of fasting (during the day) and feasting. The supper begins at the appearance of the first star. It includes many traditional dishes and deserts, notably carp, which is a must. Then we exchange gifts. There are many rituals and traditions on this day, which I'm not going to bore you with.
25 December is more casual and often spent with friends.
Seems very similar to Czech xmas, fasting to see the golden pig, carp bought live and kept in a tub for a few days (I know..)..the rituals are cool, loads of myths. Slipper throwing, cutting apples horizontally, candle boats, pouring liquid metal into cold water, blossoming cherry twig, etc..

The fasting is ended with Kuba, which is baked barly with mushrooms, herbs and garlic, since all the meat that day traditionally goes to poor.

25th and 26th are xmas days as well, but with friends, concerts and theaters, caroling. Those are party days.

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Love, peace and happiness to all at this very special time of the year xxx

Normal hostilities resume on the 27th !
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As we know the Swiss are big on eating Christmas dinner exchanging presents on the 24th. Something I have not quite got used to.

Although the birth of Christ was on the 25th, the Swiss are adament that they already begin to celebrate today.

These traditions are likely to be different all over the world but for me, Christmas dinner and presents should wait until tomorrow.

As my wife is Swiss, we will exchange presents tonight, but have our Christmas dinner tomorrow (unlike last year when we did both on the 24th).

Have you adapted to the Swiss way of Christmas or will you wait till tomorrow? Or do you celebrate on the 24th from wherever you may come from?
The usual thing is to celebrate Christmas and to have the presents-exchange on 24th, but the celebration dinner on 25th. Since my brother died in 94 we usually went to my sister-in-law on 25th, and since Mom passed away, I go there alone and meet one or two of her (other side) relatives. This time, it is even shifted to 26th. It will be Fondue with a good Italian Rosato.

I however have a Christmas-Tree (artificial one) at home, with the decoration from home.
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

i'm stuffing my face today and tomorrow. a bit like every other day really...
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25th as per UK traditions as our grandkids over from UK. Swiss do so on the 24th, which is what we did when I was a little girl.
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

24th usually in the UK means for us a pub lunch with afterwards going to a carol concert.
Then a buffet in the evening and then before we go to bed a nice glass of Port and a mince pie is left for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer!!!!
Christmas morning is exchanging gifts - a huge lunch then a sit down to listen to the Queen.
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We are in Poland at my parents' house. Christmas Eve is a day of fasting (during the day) and feasting. The supper begins at the appearance of the first star. It includes many traditional dishes and deserts, notably carp, which is a must.
Thank God my Polish ancestors (as well as my wife's) got out of there a long time ago (my great grandparents, 1890's, her great-grandfather, 1865 or so), as I truly detest carp!

Tom
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

My Swiss husband and my Kids have gone to His parents to celebrate xmas tonight Tomorrow we will celebrate xmas presents turkey and Friends
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Old 24.12.2011, 21:15
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

Mz Calendar is usually pretty full but I try to celebrate Christmas well before Easter
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Re: When are you celebrating Christmas

This year, we're defining our own traditions. So far, we gave our daughter a few presents to open (the 24th), aswell as it being a really relaxed day. Tomorrow we're going to open the rest of the presents and eat tandoori chicken, maybe another curry dish- I'll decide tomorrow, if I'm feeling motivated, might make some samosas or some other snack!
As a child it was celebrated on the 25th always with a boring turkey dinner, which always seemed a stress to prepare - with my mother being in the kitchen nearly all day, then boring telly.

So for me- no telly - unless it's a film we all want to see and minimal time in the kitchen, and hopefully sledding down some hills!

The 26th, we'll celebrate with the in-laws. A big feast and more present opening!

Wish everyone a happy day! It's such a great time when people have time off work together, but for those who are alone, just remember it's just another day!
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