Tuesday, 6 December 2011

My multicultural Christmas


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 Adventskranz but we haven’t done that for a few years.

So, to sum up, we have a bit of a mixed Christmas tradition, eating cookies from around the world, celebrating it in the height of summer and going against the South African tradition of opening presents on 25 December. All I have to do now is ignore the Christmas carols belting out lyrics such as “dashing through the snow” while Christmas present shopping in the heat.

Do you have any Christmas traditions you would like to share? I would love to hear!