Celebrating Christmas is a special time for the whole family to enjoy. Christmas is celebrated in many ways in different countries and each country has their own different foods. One should always relax as much as possible during the Christmas period, so that it can be an enjoyable time.
There are many different ways that different cultures celebrate Christmas. Some open gifts on Christmas Eve, while others open them on Christmas day. Some celebrate with a traditional Christmas feast while others go out for lunch, while some cultures will have a Christmas Eve dinner instead.
Traditional foods used for celebrating Christmas
There are different foods used traditionally for celebrating Christmas. Things like goose, ham and mince pies are synonymous with Christmas.
Australians, on the other hand, love a pork roast as well as seafood. In Belgium, a type of sweet bread called Cougnou is served in the shape of baby Jesus. Eggnog is also served in a lot of different countries, as well as pannatone. Provence is famous for the thirteen desserts served after Christmas dinners; some of the desserts include nougat and fougasse, which is a type of bread. These desserts are usually kept out until December 27. The gingerbread house traditionally made during Christmas time originated in Germany. The Italians do not roast meats on Christmas, but rather eat pasta. The pasta eaten differs from region to region.
There are plenty of traditional foods eaten in different countries, although there is one constant, Christmas time is used as a time to be with family and friends.
How to have a wonderful time celebrating Christmas
With the holiday season coming up, there is a lot of unnecessary stress. This is mainly due to the host’s need to provide his guests with the best experience possible. To make life easier for the host, it might be a good idea to plan and do as many things as possible in advance.
Send Christmas cards out sooner rather than later, this way there is a greater chance for the recipient to receive them before Christmas. Make sure the tree is set up before the rush of the holidays start. This should not be left for one person to handle; it is a great task for the whole family to enjoy together. Hang some mistletoe in doorways, as people traditionally kiss under the mistletoe. String Christmas lights in as many places as possible, indoors and outdoors, as lights make a beautiful statement.
Make sure that the children have made their lists to Santa Claus and that they have been sent in time for him to receive them. On Christmas Eve, there must be milk and cookies for him to drink, as he has a very long night ahead of him. One should invest in a good Christmas music CD, and this should be playing as much as possible. For the Christmas feast, one should try to prepare as much in advance as possible.
Choosing the best Christmas gift
One should always remember the true meaning of Christmas. This is the time of giving and not receiving, therefore one should not land in a pile of debt if one cannot afford it. The recipient will be grateful for anything that is given. The best gift is one that is thoughtful and personal to the recipient.