In North America, Christmas is a huge thing. People celebrate it bigger and more extensive. Right after Halloween, they start with Christmas songs in the stores, Christmas decorations on the houses, and Christmas lights in every tree. But the biggest difference is how they celebrate it. As a Swiss, I am used to celebrating Christmas in the evening. To be more specific, in my family, we spend Christmas Eve together with my grandparents and my cousins. We eat dinner together, sing Christmas songs, and unwrap presents. On the actual Christmas day, it’s just my parents and me. We eat “Fondue Chinoise” and unwrap our presents.
Here in Canada, it was totally different. Christmas Eve is not such a big thing as it is in Switzerland. We just stayed at home watched a bunch of Christmas movies, had sushi for dinner and unwrapped one present. The first thing we did the next morning was opening the stockings. (For those who don’t know what this is: It is the socks that are filled with presents.) After we opened the stockings, we had a big breakfast with everything you could think of. It was delicious! And finally, after our breakfast, we started to open all of our presents. I’ve never seen so many presents before. I’m not going to list all my presents here because it simply would be too much, but I’m really happy with what I got. In the evening Paola, the twin sister of Mariana, my Mexican host sister, and Tsubomi, her Japanese host sister, came over for dinner. We had turkey, which is apparently a tradition to eat on Christmas day. After the dinner, Mariana, Paola, Tsubomi and I watched a couple of movies until we were so tired that we all decided to go to bed.
New Year’s Eve wasn’t really spectacular. Since I’m not 19 yet, I couldn’t go to a real party, but at least I enjoyed the night with my friends and we watched the firework in the Victoria harbor.
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!