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PostSubject: Christmas Around The World   Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:11 pm

As many of us are from different countries it thought it would be interesting if each one of us would share a Christmas tradition (or more) from his/her own country.
It can be anything from the Christmas meal, to the decoration, what you do for Christmas, etc...

thank you  for sharing!

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:35 pm

Do you have Christmas crackers? two people grab an end and you pull until it make a snap sound and inside is a paper crown hat, a joke and a little toy. You can get ones for adults that have keyrings..I made my own this year and put in fragrance samples... The crackers are only around 9 inches or a bit more or less. I know some people in America know what they are but other have no clue...maybe the area they come from






Turkey,Roast Potatoes, Mash potatoes, pigs in blankets/kilted sausages in Scotland (sausages wrapped in bacon) veg of some sort which people usually have brussel sprouts (we all hate them in our family) so we will have carrots and peas. then it's a trifle for dessert/sweet/afters

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:20 pm

thank you for sharing Ember! no i don't know anything about Christmas crackers but that sounds great! How do you make them?

it's too late now and i'm again worn out so i'll come back hopefully tomorrow and write about the tradition we have where i live :sanwin:

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:54 pm

When we were young the school would make us make them and we did for our kids when young...you would get the cardboard tube from some toilet roll/tissue and you would get some crepe paper (something that would rip easy), wrap it around the tube and twist and tie the ends...put a toy inside..

now you get packs where they are flat and you just roll them round and clip then, you get the little snap stick that makes the noise when you pull,a hat and joke and shiny string to tie it off at the ends...all you have to do is buy what you want inside. I bought fragrance samples (little tubes) a keyring..the kids are maraca keyrings..hubby has a harmonica keyring (he annoys us with playing one lol)
They fool you with how easy they look...let's just say that is was so awkward and hard to try and slot the parts in (they would rip) and it feels like you would need some sort or college degree to be able to build them.....I will be buying the ready made one next year
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how to make them pack


the ones you get already premade that you can buy in the shops
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:15 am

Wow Ember you made me feel hungry.
I hated those paper chains we made at school
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:21 am

Thx Ember! i think it's a fun idea and i'll give it a try!!

@Elvisfan

yep, i remember making those homemade garlands! but i liked it back then... thing is i always love to do handcrafts!

Now, the Christmas traditions where i live:

Turkey is also the number one choice even if we have it on Thanksgiving day or others have a big roasted ham, corn bread, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberries, green beans, desert can be pumpkin pie or coconut cake, but also gingerbread man and/or houses, and other christmas shaped sugar cookies, chocolates...

BUT, it also depends of your origins and so for me and my family as our roots are in Sicily, a traditional Christmas dinner will be: a bunch of different seafood, like squid, octopus, scallops, mussels, etc...

Scallops with cream are my fav!



we also get a good white wine to go with it, usually some salads for veggies, deserts includes a pignolata



but we also have a "Christmas log"



as soon as i can load one mine to my picasa album i will post it as i make it a bit different than the one on the pic!

of course bunch of homemade cookies, with some cut out with Christmas cutter and also homemade chocolates like truffles.

my time is up for now, so i have to stop but i'll come back for more on our Christmas traditions! :chho:

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:14 am

We have the traditional English Christmas dinner


The Christmas pudding

As I hate that I have trifle
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:51 pm

thanks for sharing Elvisfan! i've always wondered about the famous Christmas pudding! i've never tried it... i've never tried the trifle either but it does look yummy!!!! Could you share the recipe in our Kitchen sub-forum? (for the trifle  Smile )

Forgot to say that part of the tradition for us is to have bunch of different nuts to nibble! :canchase:

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:27 pm

nuts...tangerines...chocolate coins
I always buy the coins and hide the mesh packs in the tree...I didn't get any of the white choc silver ones this year..I had fun hiding them...had a tree light burn my scalp and knocked baubles off



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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:48 pm

oh i remember those!!! i used to have some when i was young!

now part of our Christmas traditions includes to play games... board games, card games, i always loved it while growing up so i kept it alive for my kids and played with them! my sister does the same with her family. This year again we will get the games on the table, and play while munching on nuts, cookies, chocolates! :basandan: and listening to some Christmas :carols:

besides enjoying a good meal, what do you do on Christmas Eve?

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:27 pm

'In Canada' we slaughter our firstborn on Christmas eve, and on Christmas day we enjoy the silence! :rollaugh:  

I think Canadian traditions are pretty much the same as the U.S. :sanfudance:
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:19 am

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'In Canada' we slaughter our firstborn on Christmas eve, and on Christmas day we enjoy the silence! :rollaugh:  

:chlau: laughtears Thx Millie, with you i'm sure to always have a good laugh for the day! lucky

I don't know much about Canada besides that it is sooooooo gorgeous! i think for whatever reasons the Turkey is a big classic in every country... probably because they are so readily available in the nature during that time of the year

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:56 am

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Millie_Me wrote:
'In Canada' we slaughter our firstborn on Christmas eve, and on Christmas day we enjoy the silence! :rollaugh:  

LadySibella wrote:
:chlau: laughtears  Thx Millie, with you i'm sure to always have a good laugh for the day! lucky

:chlau: laughtears    Thx Bella!    

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I don't know much about Canada besides that it is sooooooo gorgeous!
  This ferry is departing for Vancouver Isle from Horseshoe Bay



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i think for whatever reasons the Turkey is a big classic in every country... probably because they are so readily available in the nature during that time of the year
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:47 am

oh wow this is sooo beautiful! i love mountains with snow caps on top of that!!! Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:05 am

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'In Canada' we slaughter our firstborn on Christmas eve, and on Christmas day we enjoy the silence! :rollaugh:  

I think Canadian traditions are pretty much the same as the U.S. :sanfudance:

laughtears laughtears

oh my...so funny that!

well same here, hardly ever keep up with traditional meals though..more of a rare & ultra good - delicious deal Crying or Very sad

never ever did turkey for Christmas, cause anyway it's already been on on thanksgiving Crying or Very sad why do it again?
of course that makes 2 murders in a short time. talk about thrills on both sides

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i think for whatever reasons the Turkey is a big classic in every country... probably because they are so readily available in the nature during that time of the year

Crying or Very sad

how about oranges?

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:24 am

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of course that makes 2 murders in a short time. talk about thrills on both sides
laughtears





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i think for whatever reasons the Turkey is a big classic in every country... probably because they are so readily available in the nature during that time of the year
We're not goin' out huntin' fer the friggin things, Bella! laughtears  ...THE GROCERY STORE HAS THEM!  laughtears  
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:34 pm

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We're not goin' out huntin' fer the friggin things, Bella! laughtears ...THE GROCERY STORE HAS THEM! laughtears

:rollaugh: here comes my first laugh of the day! and it's 4:33 am laughtears best way to start my day!

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:42 am

Millie_Me wrote:
Lakshmi wrote:


of course that makes 2 murders in a short time. talk about thrills on both sides
laughtears





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i think for whatever reasons the Turkey is a big classic in every country... probably because they are so readily available in the nature during that time of the year
We're not goin' out huntin' fer the friggin things, Bella! laughtears  ...THE GROCERY STORE HAS THEM!  laughtears  

laughtears laughtears laughtears certainly saves the trouble of chasing them!

maybe one day they will be carrying guns!

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:32 pm

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maybe one day they will be carrying guns!
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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:59 am

:chlau:

ok now seriously, when do you open your gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas day?

while growing up we were getting our gifts late on Christmas Eve but once i started my own family i was for opening the gifts on Christmas day :opgift:

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:44 am

well, i do Christmas Day opening gifts too...it just makes more sense. but i don't wait for nighttime to do so though.

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PostSubject: Re: Christmas Around The World   Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:21 am

Christmas morning is a good time for that, i know someone who opens them on Christmas day but after the meal... that's too late for me! Crying or Very sad

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