Holiday season



  • Soon, everybody here will be off to some sort of family event around Christmas. There will be nice dinners, presents and a lot of candy and cookies.

    Norway in particular, and I suspect that might be similar in other areas of Scandinavia, is obsessed with candles and light in different variations. I have seen decorated windows and trees for weeks now.

    What is it like in your area? What holidays do you have if Christmas is not your cup of tea?



  • Russians celebrate Orthodox Christmas on January 7, but unfortunately it is not main holiday.
    Main Holiday in Russia is New Year. Government agencies and banks and factories don't work 11 (eleven!) days, from Dec, 31 to Jan, 10.



  • Italy have Christmas, but this year the city is slow illuminated and decorated ( the excuse is the economy ). Today the snow have covered most of the street so i will be back to home to 2 hours for 10km XD
    At home i've just make a decorated tree :) but there isn't candy and cookies there is only a big dinner and lunch in the day 24 25 26!



  • stuk, about snow... see "my photos":http://twitpic.com/photos/VasiliySorokin on twitpic.com



  • hehe Vas but you live in Russia! In Italy is diffent :P
    About Russia i have buy a busby cap because the winter make me some headache, and i love this _
    But isn't a very Russian busby :(

    [quote author="Vass" date="1292591389"]stuk, about snow... see "my photos":http://twitpic.com/photos/VasiliySorokin on twitpic.com[/quote]



  • In Kosovo we don't have Christmas but our main holiday is the new year. Here city is partially illuminated and I see people buying presents because we do buy presents for the new year though.

    And yes, sun is "here with us":http://twitpic.com/3gqr01



  • I know what in Italy is different, and I envy you sometimes ;)



  • I live in Australia. Main holiday is actually Christmas (Dec 25) unlike most of you guys :P Also, New Years (Dec 31).
    We aren't obsessed with lights but there is plenty of fireworks.
    Decorations are all over the city. Every shop and town decorates in their own unique way (anything goes). Predominantly red and green colours.

    It's summer here so no snow (it doesn't snow in winter either). Some families get a christmas tree for the house and put presents underneath it.



  • xsacha, trust me, I'd prefer sun right now. Even over a Christmas tree. :-P



  • I live in Germany, and our main Holiday this time is definitely Christmas (24-26) and then (including New Year) most people I know work again on 10.1.2011, some also on 3.1.2011. Most Industry is closed between Christmas and New Year.

    Regarding Lights, its very different. Some people go the "traditional" way with a Christmas tree and some small lights, some go the "American" way with a lot of electric light and stuff in the garden and on the roof, but that's less than the first one.

    We will only have a Christmas tree and some small decorations. Otherwise it would not survive the dog and the children :-)) And it's much better in my opinion to not make too much...



  • Hungary in terms of celebration is very close to the way Gerolf described about Germany. Originally it was rather modest celebration with some small lights (mainly on the Christmas tree) but the "American" style seems to spread here, as well.



  • In Poland we start celebrating at 24th in the evening with dinner made of 12 dishes. Also gifts are given on 24th (laying under the tree). You should also leave one extra plate on the table for stray guest. Some people decorate houses in "American" way but it's rather minority.





  • Oh, that looks nice. Is it for this year or an old photo?



  • This is mine :P The Santa I had won last year.

    "link":http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/3439/19122010907.jpg



  • Gerolf Reinwardt, I make this photo one hour ago. :)



  • wow, we even did not by one for this year, but there are some days left :-)



  • We traditionally decorate the tree on 24th (and usually this is the task of the children)



  • Decorating X-mas tree is very joyfully and interestingly for my small son. He really was very glad when we do it.



  • looks nice :)



  • We also decorate on 24th, together with the children. sometime on 23. so in the morning of 24th it's finished.



  • In Russia decorate the tree when you want it :) earlier than month, 2 weeks or earlier than one hour :) Remove tree after Jan, 15. Sometimes later. We have national joke about Christmas tree removing and May, 1 celebration. ;)



  • We decorate the tree on 8th for the the "immaculate conception":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculate_Conception.



  • Also in Argentina, in addition the 8th is holiday (we have many, many, many "holidays in the year":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Argentina)
    [quote author="stuk" date="1292764793"]We decorate the tree on 8th for the the "immaculate conception":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculate_Conception.[/quote]



  • Ok, We decided all with trees, but what about gifts? Who are received gifts from you? What are the gifts?



  • Mostley the family and the best friends. So parents, brother / sister, children, and as I said, good friends.
    What? I will not post here, up to now, they are in a secret place :-))



  • The family,girlfriend and good friends :)
    I only want a big hd because my little 320 giga is full :P



  • Oh, I in this year want only long sleeping night. After son birth, it's very rarely.



  • Hehe, how old are your son?

    [quote author="Vass" date="1292790873"]Oh, I in this year want only long sleeping night. After son birth, it's very rarely.[/quote]



  • Oh, I know this sleeping wish :-)
    We are now happy, that out children wake up but don't wake up us :-))
    They are 3 and 6, so now it's getting better, we may sleep till 8 or 9.
    But, Vass, I wish your wish will come true.



  • [quote author="Gerolf" date="1292791409"]We are now happy, that out children wake up but don't wake up us :-))[/quote]

    Yes, I know what you mean (I have a six-year-old). When they learn to turn on the TV and use the remote control... (I know I am a bad parent... :))



  • stuk 10,5 months. Teeth grow...



  • It will be better... (after about 15-20 years :))



  • oh, after 3 -4 years, it will also be better, if no second comes...



  • Not being a father. My wish for this holiday is this thing: http://www.apple.com/timecapsule/ :)



  • please use quote i don't see your reply.
    Ok, my nephew is 2,5 but he's a earthquake!
    Good luck :P
    [quote author="Vass" date="1292793394"]stuk 10,5 months. Teeth grow...[/quote]



  • The summer is about to begin in Brazil, so Christmas here happens in a hot weather.
    Cities are decorated with lights and it's funny how stores and houses are decorated, because almost all of them try to reproduce a cold, snowy landscape. People dressed as Santa Claus suffer a lot with the obviously inadequate clothes for the season. The highways from big cities to the beaches are crowded, so that's why I prefer to stay with my family in my hometown, in the country side :-)



  • In the Netherlands, the main holiday is december 24 & 25, though most present-giving is done at december 5, when we celebrate "Sinterklaas" (not to be confused with the fat coke-drinking guy from the US). A lot of people and companies put up decorations, trees, lights, candles and illuminated junk in the gardens. Families often have dinners on the 25th and/or the 26th; both days are important. The evening of the 24th is only celebrated by people going to church for it. Some cities like playing with light, such as Gouda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og9d1TXsB-U&feature=related

    Newyears eve (or "Old & New", as we call it literaly translated) is celebrated with lots of fireworks at midnight, and special treats like "oliebollen" and "appelflappen". Those are also excellent for breakfast at newyearsday, IMHO :-)



  • In India we have different festivals and holidays running throughout the year. Due to the cultural diversity there are lot of festivals and holidays to celebrate. And yes Christmas and New Year is one of them. But the main festival is the festival of lights Diwali - which comes around in the month of Oct-Nov.



  • [quote author="QtK" date="1292937594"]In India we have different festivals and holidays running throughout the year. Due to the cultural diversity there are lot of festivals and holidays to celebrate. And yes Christmas and New Year is one of them. But the main festival is the festival of lights Diwali - which comes around in the month of Oct-Nov.
    [/quote]
    But only in Diwali you could end up with 7-8 days off if you like apply for 1-2 days leave, else for us holidays ends up being a day here and a day there. And yes we have tonnes of fireworks during Diwali


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