So, that is it, Christmas day is over for another year. It always feels like such a huge lead-up and bam, it’s all done and dusted and everything goes back to normal. In the UK we like to make the celebrations last for a whole extra day with a genius national holiday called Boxing Day.
Traditionally Boxing Day was the day you gave your postman, bin-men etc. a ‘christmas box’ with money in it, to thank them for their services. Now it’s a time to eat leftovers, start shopping in the sales and visit the people you just couldn’t make it to the day before. Boxing Day has always been my favourite part of the festive season.
But enough of British customs, let’s take a look at what some of our lovely XOXO Collective members got up to yesterday while they were celebrating Christmas:
Angela from Pinayskattebasse// Getting ready for traditional family Christmas Party (julefrokost) with my entire Danish family. We are having eggs, mackerel, herring, tuna. Followed by fish fillet, meatballs, sausage, and kale. With lots of snaps & beers.
Julie from Jewels Wandering// Over here in Singapore, I was feeling very homesick since I didn’t get to go home this year, but I made up for it by being able to celebrate Christmas Eve with my closest friends and Christmas Day with another close friend and her family/friends!
Sanne from MitzeMee// For lunch we had sandwiches with Faroese salmon. It’s not a Faroese tradition to eat salmon for lunch on Christmas Day, but it’s a tradition in Poul’s family. I didn’t want to eat too much as I wanted to save my appetite for the goose and duck roast we were having for dinner. Though it was difficult, because the Faroese salmon is so tasty, it’s the best in the world if you ask me.
Sofia from Papaya Pieces// I currently live in Spain, which is a country that was originally founded by Catholics, so obviously Christmas here incorporates religious based traditions other than Santa Claus and the Christmas tree, even if people do it in a consumerist and non-religious way.
During December we set up decorations that can include a Christmas tree, other festive items, a nativity scene and we play Christmas carols. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are spent with lots of delicious food and our families. Santa Claus also pays a visit. Until then, it’s the usual Christmas scene as with most places around the world where Christmas is celebrated.
But here, Christmas doesn’t end with Christmas Day…
On the 5th and 6th January we celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Kings.
The Three Wise Kings come on the night of the 5th. I guess it’s a nice way to make children behave better during the Christmas holidays (if not harder on parents’ wallets). If they have behaved nicely, the Three Wise Kings bring them presents. If not they get carbon! The carbon is actually big mounds of sugar in the shape and color of carbon.
On the 6th January we celebrate the day of Reyes (the day of the Kings) usually with family. A big cake called the Roscón de Reyes is served along with hot chocolate. Gifts and figures are hidden inside the cake, amongst those is the figure of a king and a bean. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the king becomes king for the day and gets to wear the paper crown. Whoever gets the bean has to buy the Roscón de Reyes the next year!
Hanna from Tripsnkids// It looked like the whole neighbourhood was competing to see who had the most Christmas Decorations! We took a lovely walk around the neighbourhood in Lake Worth.
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into an XOXO Christmas. I’m sure we’ll all be somewhere different next year, so keep checking-in to see what we’re up to.
However you’re celebrating this festive season, we wish you and your family all the very best for 2017.