It is Christmas Eve! Today in Bulgaria and in other Christian countries it is a fasting day, which will end with a family dinner, which should be vegan – no meat, dairy products and eggs are allowed.
As we have mentioned before in our Blogmas posts of Christmas around the world, in some traditions Christmas Eve is more important then the Christmas Day itself. You can check the different traditions here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
But most importantly, today Santa starts his journey around the world. When I was a kid I always wanted to know, when exactly Santa will come to my country and when will he leave. Well now, this is all possible.
Thanks to Google now we have a Santa Tracker! You can see where Santa is and where will he be. Click the link below to see the Santa Tracker.
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Some of you may know that I have moved out this year to a new place. I have to be honest, I was so excited about Christmas these year, because finally i was able to decorate my place the way I wanted.
My decoration is still not completed and I am done just with one of the rooms, but here is the current one ^_^
In my family, we usually decorate the home around 23rd or 24th of December, as we keep it till 14th of January (the “Old New Year” in Russia). And if we decorate the tree earlier, all of the needles will be gone by 14th. But this year I have bought an artificial tree so the needles problem is solved :).
I had a dilemma. I was really unsure if i should by a real or artificial tree for this Christmas. And this is a topic that has been raised from a lot of families during Christmas time every year.
In order to make the right decision, I made a small list of Pros and Cons of the real and artificial trees.
Every year we hear one and the same thing from the activists who claim that they are saving the planet by buying an artificial tree instead of cutting a real one. Well, this is not quite true. First of all the Real Christmas trees that we see being sold, have been raised specifically for being Christmas trees. There are farms for that and if someone cuts a tree from the forest and not from the designated place, they will have to face a solid 4 digits fine. Second, the majority of artificial trees are made out of very harmful for our health materials. You can actually find in the user manual of how to put the tree, instructions of using gloves if touching the tree, washing hands with specific chemicals and not letting kids come close to it. Yay! Buying an artificial tree will actually be in favour of the environment if it is used for 15-20 years. There are a lot of people who buy artificial trees and throw them after 2-3 years. The recycling of such a product takes much more time and it is much more damaging to nature. Which makes the whole idea of having an artificial tree useless. Having a real tree is nice, the smell the feeling is amazing, but cleaning after it is real torture. All those needles and small pines… and the gum. Needless to say, you can find all these needles even in places you can never expect them to be.
So after making pointing these things out, I was actually still confused. But then, the good old economics and people’s greed helped me with the decision.
I went to a couple of places where I could find real trees and indeed there were some really nice ones. When I asked the seller, what is the price range he said that the trees start from 30 up to 70 leva. (15 to 35 euros). For 30 leva you can get a small and already old tree, and for 60-70 leva you will be able to get a good, ca. 1.6m, tree. I asked the guy, will I receive a bill, he said that they are the “producers” and they do not give bill (logic, where are you), so that was a time for me to bargain 🙂 . Apparently, not a lot of people know that, if they do not receive bills, the price is not set and you can bargain. The seller gave me a final price of 45 leva for the tree I liked, which means that the actual price of it should be around 15 leva – the way it was 3-4 years back.
I went to another, big store, where you were able to find both real and artificial trees. There were also trees in pots, which after that can be planted. The seller offered me a 1.6m tree in a pot for the price of 33 leva, after discount, as I went pretty late to buy it. Its real, initial price was 60 leva. But wait, you have to buy also a big pot for 15 leva and lots of soil, lets say for 10 more leva. Okaaaay… so in general again it goes to 60 leva for one tree.
At this point, I realised that I will buy an artificial tree. The tree I have already liked was 1.8m, green for 89 leva. The easy calculation was that I will spend a lot more money if I am buying a tree every year, rather then just buy it once and use it for the next 10-15 years.
This is the tree i bought. It looks smaller than it actually is. Check out the Blogmas post about my Christmas Decoration to see how it looks with lights and ornaments 🙂
As cheerful as it sounds, the beauty of Christmas lies in the unique ways people celebrate it around the world. How fascinating are the traditions, people are following since the old times?
Here are some diverse Christmas traditions, we came across. Hope you enjoy them!
6.The Netherlands “Zalig Kerstfeest” For most children in The Netherlands, the most important day is 5th December, when Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) and his servants called ‘Zwarte Pieten’ (‘Black Peters’) bring them their presents! Dutch tradition says that St. Nicholas lives in Madrid, Spain and every year he chooses a different harbour to arrive in Holland. On Christmas Eve night, Dutch Children believe that Santa Claus, (‘Christmas man’ / ‘Kerstman’) comes from Lapland in Finland to deliver more presents! Christmas Day is known as ‘Eerste Kerstdag’ (first Christmas day) and the day after Christmas is called ‘Tweede Kerstdag’ (second Christmas day). On the second day people tend to visit their families. The traditional way to eat with the family is called ‘gourmetten’, which is a little stove that is put on the table and where everyone prepares their own meal while seated.
7. Czech Republic “Veselé Vánoce” The main Christmas celebrations are on Christmas Eve. The Czech traditional Christmas dinner often consists of fish soup (made of carp), and fried carp with potato salad. Ježíšek ‘Little Jesus’ (the Czech version of Christkind) brings presents during the Christmas Eve dinner and leaves them under the Christmas Tree. Czech children have their dinner in a different from where the tree is located. When they hear the bell ring, that means that Ježíšek had been and has left their presents under the tree. There’s a superstition in the Czech Republic that says if you throw a shoe over your shoulder on Christmas day, if the toe points towards the door, you will be married soon!
8. Finland “Hyvää joulua” Finnish people believe that Santa Claus or Father Christmas lives in the north part of Finland called Korvatunturi (or Lapland), north of the Arctic Circle. The main Christmas meal is eaten in the early evening. The course may include s lutefish, a leg of a pork with mashed potatoes, casseroles, cured salmon and turkey. Desert is baked rice pudding/porridge eaten with spiced plum jam. One almond is hidden in the pudding and whoever finds it will be lucky for the next year. After the meal, Joulupukki (Santa) might visit the house! A good Christmas sauna is always a great way to end the day.
9. Poland “Wesołych Świąt” For Polish people, Advent is the beginning of Christmas time. Wigilia (Christmas Eve) is a very important and busy day. Traditionally, no food is eaten until the first star is seen in the sky and after the children spot it it is time for the main meal, which is called “Kolacja wigilijna”. On the table there are 12 dishes, meat free. Everyone has to eat or at least try some of each dish. Presents are brought by Święty Mikołaj but in some parts of Poland there are different present bringers like “Dziadek Mróz” (Ded Moroz) or “Gwiazdor”, the Starman. The starman is not always all-good, if someone was bad, he can give him “rózga”, a birch-rod that should be used on bad person! Christmas Eve is finished by going to Church for a Midnight Mass service. It is said that carp’s scales bring luck and fortune and some are kept for the whole year (e.g. in wallets). Traditionally, some older ladies put them in their bras during the supper and give them to the guest on the next day for good luck.
10. Bulgaria “Vesela Koleda” Although Bulgaria is an Orthodox country, Christmas there is celebrated on 25th of December instead of 7th of January. Christmas Eve is usually celebrated with a traditional dinner. The meal should be vegan and must have an odd number of dishes in it (salt, pepper and sugar can count as separate dishes!). There’s a special round and decorated loaf of bread called ‘pita’ which has a coin baked in it. If you find it, you’re meant to have good luck for the next year! The bread is normally cut by the oldest person at the meal and they hand it around the table. Walnuts are very important. If your walnut is delicious you will have a good year, but if it’s spoiled, empty or has a small nut you’ll have a bad year! It’s traditional that the table is left with all the food on it until the morning of Christmas Day. Some people think their ancestors might like something to eat during the night! Around Midnight Koledari can visit your home who deliver the good news of Christ’s birth, sing Christmas songs, and say blessings about the house and its owners. After the singing, the head of the house will give the Koledari food to thank them for singing. Dyado Koleda (Grandpa Christmas), comes at night and leaves the presents under the Christmas tree. He might also have a some food at night especially if there are some cookies left. On Christmas Day families have another big meal, but this time there will be meat, normally some kind of pork. An old traditional says that an oak, elm or pear tree known as a “budnik” should be burnt at night and if the fire is great and there are lot of sparks, the year will be fertile and healthy.
Ho Ho Ho, Guys! And welcome back to our Blogmas 2018 journey 😀 Hope you are doing great!
December is the month in which we aim to spend more time with our friends and families. We have pointed out 25 different activities that you can enjoy with your family. 25 days filled with quality memories. So get ready for some funny and lovely times.
Have a family game night
Have hot chocolate and candy canes
Go to a tree-lighting ceremony
Have a snowball fight
Go ice skating
Make a Snowman contest
Create handmade Christmas cards
Decorate the Christmas tree and the house
Wrap Christmas presents
Have a Christmas movies marathon
Sing Christmas carols
Attend a Christmas play (e.g. The Nutcracker)
Attend a Christmas Bazaar
Go to a Christmas Party
Complete a random act of kindness
Make and decorate gingerbread house or men
Old family videos night
Take a family drive to see the neighborhood holiday decorations
Write letters to Santa
Have a “fancy dress” code for dinner one night
Have an ugly sweater competition
Pull out sleeping bags and have a family slumber party under the tree
Hope you have enjoyed this post and this small list will help you find out more creative ways to celebrate the lead-up to Christmas with your closest ones. This is certainly a time of year to celebrate!! What are your favorite Christmas activities?
December is the holly jolly month filled with happiness and laughter. So today we have decided to share with you some of the Christmas related jokes and puns we have stumbled across.
What did Adam say the day before Christmas? “It’s Christmas, Eve!” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
What kind of music do elves listen to? Wrap. ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Husband: “What do you want for Christmas?” Wife: “A divorce!” Husband: “Can you think of anything cheaper?” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
What do you call an old snowman? Water. ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Sister: “What are you giving Mom and Dad for Christmas?“ Brother: “A list of everything I want!” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Daughter: “Mommy, I want a beautiful pony with a bow for Christmas.” Mother: “OK then on Christmas Eve we will go to the hairdresser.” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Julie: “What’s the difference between Santa’s reindeer and a knight?” Robert: “What?” Julie: “One slays the dragon, and the other’s draggin’ the sleigh.” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
What do you call an elf that can sing and dance? Elfis. ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa asked the usual: “And what would you like for Christmas?” The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: “Didn’t you get my E-mail? ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
What do you call a greedy elf? Elfish. ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
A mafioso’s son sits at his desk writing a Christmas list to Jesus. He first writes, “Dear baby Jesus, I have been a good boy the whole year, so I want a new…” He looks at it, then crumples it up into a ball and throws it away. He gets out a new piece of paper and writes again, “Dear baby Jesus, I have been a good boy for most of the year, so I want a new…” He again looks at it and throws it away. He then gets an idea. He goes into his mother’s room, takes a statue of the Virgin Mary, puts it in the closet and locks the door. He takes another piece of paper and writes, “Dear baby Jesus, if you ever want to see your mother again…” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Why do mummies like Christmas so much? They’re into all the wrapping. ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
It is late December and the correctional court judge is in a good mood. He asks the defendant: “What are you accused of?” The defendant replies: “I am accused of having done my Christmas shopping too early!” The judges says: “But that’s not a crime.” “Well, it was before the store opened…” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Mason says to his mother: “You can delete the train set from my Christmas wish list.” Mother: “Why is that?” Mason: “Yesterday, I found one in the closet.” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Eggnog, when getting fat from eating food just isn’t enough. ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Two brothers are talking about what they received for Christmas. “Haha, I got twice as many presents as you, I know who Mum and Dad love most!” says the younger brother. To which the older brother replied “And I know who has cancer …” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
One day, Santa saw a young deer with a glowing nose of red…he smiled at him and waved to young creature. The deer dropped his bottle of gin and exclaimed “Oh Sh!t…it’s Santa!” And ran away. Santa rubbed his beard and shook his head. “I think I’ll call that one Rude-off.” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Father: “My son, who brings the presents for Christmas?” Son: “Amazon!” Father: “No, I mean the fat man with the beard.” Son: “Edward, the postman?” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
Father: “Son there is something I need to tell you: Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, that’s always been me.” “I already know, dad,” the son reassures him. “Only the stork, that was Uncle Fred.” ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄
What is your favorite Christmas anecdote? Share your funniest stories with us in the comments below.
Hope you have enjoyed the post as much as we did and see you guys tomorrow! ❤
What better way to dip yourself into the festive chills than watching a good Christmas movie.
We have decided to watch a total of 12 movies every second day, which will include some of the all times classics as well as some movies which are not that high rated by the critics. At the end of the month we will share our personal preferences and rate the movies, without any spoilers, of course 😀
So the list is as follows:
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
A Christmas Carol (1951) Scrooge (original title)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Grinch (2018)
Home Alone (1990)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Jingle all the way (1996)
Love Actually (2003)
Four Christmases (2008)
Share with us your favourite Christmas movies, especially, if they are not on the list above. We are more than excited to see them all ^_^ !
It’s December again! The holy jolly month of presents, ginger breads, hot chocolates and cozy nights! The month of Christmas!
This year, we have decided to take part in the Blogmas series again. Our goal this time is to actually post everyday till Christmas *crossing fingers procrastination won’t take over us*🤞🏻 . We have a lot what to share about the numerous traditions and customs which take place in the month of December, so stay tuned 😊 .
If there is a specific topic that you would like to know more about, we will be more than happy to write about it. You can always leave your suggestions in the comments section below, contact us on Instagram @wandering_waffles or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org