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In our family we celebrate both German and Canadian traditions during the holidays. In Germany, Christmas is celebrated on the Eve of December 24th, first with a family dinner, followed by church, and then opening presents when you come back home. So for us, we always have a wonderful family dinner on Christmas Eve (consisting of the most delicious noodle salad that my mom has been making on Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve alone since the early days of my childhood), and then we let everyone pick out one gift from under the tree to open. Santa Claus hasn’t come yet for us, but gifts from family and friends are under the tree so there’s already something for everyone. The kids then have a blast playing with their newest toy until it’s time for bed and they excitedly agree because they know Santa is coming oh so soon. Once the kids are asleep, we stay up, drinking wine, eating homemade cookies (we always have German Vanillkipferl, Coconut Macaroons + Lebkuchen) and laughing ’til our bellies hurt.
We go to bed with hearts and bellies full and wake up the next morning to Santa having brought even more gifts and kicking off the Canadian side of our Christmas traditions. Opening presents while drinking coffee and eating cookies (because, of course) and, after all the gifts are opened (and played with), we make a big family brunch. Bottomless quiche, pancakes, sausages, fruit salad, and of course mimosas to toast to yet another magical Christmas.