As you might know, this month I wrote a series, starting with Vegetarian Christmas, a delicious selection of 10 recipes from different bloggers. The second post was The Best Christmas Gift, where I shared the story of my best gift, my dog Festus and a few wonderful stories shared by fellow bloggers. My series will finish with Christmas traditions.
As a kid there were lots of traditions in my home. My mother used to set up the tree on Christmas eve, there were lots and lots of cookies that my grandpa loved. She was making lots of traditional recipes and I have found memories of that.
After I moved in with my boyfriend (now hubby), we’ve started making our own traditions. We both decided that setting up the tree at least a couple of weeks before Christmas was important for us. We also started by having the same dishes because it was traditional and we wanted that. Timed passed, I became vegetarian, he wasn’t that keen on some of the dishes and then we moved to UK. I arrived here a month before Christmas and I saw so many interesting dishes that I wanted to try. It was too exciting to make the old traditional foods I had as a kid.
This is something I always did while travelling abroad, I went into a supermarket and picked up lots of different foods that were specific to that area. So, on my first Christmas in UK, I had mince pies along with the traditional Romanian cozonac. That first year I got a small real tree with roots that I imagined I would plant somewhere after the holidays. Well, that tree died soon after Christmas and I’m not buying a living tree ever again.
The traditions that I still have from childhood are listening (and singing badly) Christmas carols when we set up the tree. I was around 8-9 when this tradition was started by my mother. I knew Santa wasn’t real and we could set up the tree together. The second tradition I love is to bake cookies, not necessarily for Christmas, but in this period, at the setting up the tree or on a cozy night in. I also love drinking mulled wine and visiting Christmas fairs.
As before, I want to share a few other stories regarding Christmas traditions. I loved Holly’s tradition of going to church with her mother and nan.
Eimear wrote about Christmas Traditions From Around The World and it was lovely to read all the different details. Jeff described beautifully what happens at Christmas in Bulgaria.
Do you have any specific traditions? I would love to hear them.