Today I am lucky enough to be doing a collab post with one of my favourite bloggers Mirielle from Mirielle Blog!! 😀 As we have both been overseas for Christmas (her to France, me to Germany) and we both live in a similar part of the world (her Australia, me New Zealand) we thought it’d be interesting to talk about the differences between a white Christmas and a summer Christmas.
Food is obviously an important part of Christmas, and Germany, and the food most definitely made an impression on me. I think goose was suppsoed to be something they ate at Christmas, but for me it was the food leading up to Christmas that stick in my mind. Pommes (hot chips with mayo) was very important to me, as was the baking (spiced biscuits!!), and mandeln (almonds roasted in sugar). Christmas markets were an awesome place to try food, and they were everywhere, even the smallest towns! 🙂
It’s a very traditional kind of Christmas spirit. Like, it’s cosy, and everything has an order as to when it happens (like getting the tree, when decorations go up, when you celebrate what). Snow adds such a festive air to the whole season, and where I was staying it snowed almost everyday for a while! 😀
I think St Nicholas day was one of the more notable traditions, that I really enjoyed. It was my second morning in Germany, and we got to eat Nicholas shaped bread for breakfast, which was super cool 😉 Plus we got sweets and presents in our shoes, and my family got me slippers which I still love.
Christmas eve is actually arguably the more important day, because it’s when you open the gifts, and go to Christmas mass/ midnight mass (if you’re Catholic – I was in a predominantly Catholic part of Germany). I was ill on Christmas eve so I spent it throwing up, but all the same my host family recreated it for me on Christmas day evening (bless them!).
My host family had the whole family around for various meals, and had a huge spread, that unfortunately I had to miss out on because I was ill. However in the evening I got to sit downstairs, and they gave me all my gifts, which were a lot more than I was expecting! Plus I got to spend it in my sheep pyjamas, so win-win right? 😉
I hope you enjoyed this post, and be sure to check our Mirielle’s post about French traditions!
Have you been overseas for Christmas? What traditions do you have? Whats more important for you, Christmas eve or Christmas day? I’d love to know!