Today, I thought I would describe my multicultural Christmas traditions.
Christmas isn’t Christmas for me unless it’s hot outside with temperatures peaking in the mid 30s (that’s in degrees Celsius). I usually spend Christmas in Johannesburg, when everyone else is on the coast for summer holidays.
South Africans open presents on the morning of the 25th. However, having a German father, we follow the German tradition of celebrating on Christmas eve and opening presents on the evening of the 24th. When I was a child it was great. I would smirk inside thinking I got to open my presents a whole day earlier than my friends.
We also don’t have the traditional Christmas meal as it’s too hot outside to stuff ourselves with a heavy meal. We usually have a light Christmas meal, consisting of cold meats, chicken etc. The only thing we don’t scrimp on are the puddings. We have a mixture of sweet stuff from around the world: mince pies, panettone, Stollen, Lebkuchen and speculaas.
We even used to light our