A few years ago after getting tired of eating the same old holiday dinner my sister suggested we celebrate like another country. It’s a fun way to learn about other countries and cultures. So far we’ve celebrated Australian and Chinese style and it’s been a lot of fun! This year we’re celebrating like they do in Mexico. Each year we pick a country and I research what types of foods and activities that country typically has to celebrate Christmas. WhyChristmas.com is a great resource.
For our Australian Christmas we had a roast and plum pudding, which I enjoyed trying to light on fire.
Tip: After a few unsuccessful attempts, Google informed me that you have to heat the alcohol in a pan over the stove to burn off the water so it will light.
We also opened Christmas crackers that had paper crowns, trinkets and games.
For our Chinese Christmas I ordered our favorites from PF Chang’s. Unfortunately, Christmas isn’t widely celebrated in China. The only tradition I was able to find was the giving of apples on Christmas Eve because the two words sound similar in Chinese. We ended up adapting some traditions from Chinese New Year celebrations and made up some games. We played Chinese checkers, a marshmallow stacking game using chopsticks and a game of how many mini marshmallows we could put in a take-out container in a minute. We had a blast! We also made origami lucky stars and lit floating lanterns. You can check out my Chinese Christmas board on Pinterest for more ideas.
This year we are celebrating like they do in Mexico! I plan on having tamales, playing Loteria and having a pinata. I’ve also learned a nativity scene and poinsettias are a must. You can take a peek at what we’re planning on my Mexican Christmas board on Pinterest.
I’ve really enjoyed learning different traditions and look forward to learning new ones each year.
What sort of Christmas traditions does your family have?