My favorite holiday of the year is coming: Christmas! I want to celebrate it as early as I can, so I love pre-Christmas parties. For this meeting we went to the Christmas party organized by EOTO.
Everyone had to bring some food, and I immediately knew what I wanted to take with me. Although in my home country it isn’t considered a Christmas cookie, it still kind of reminds me of Christmas. I took pepernoot with me. Pepernoten belong to a Dutch holiday celebrated in the beginning of December. While enjoying a drink and the pepernoten, Elisa and I talked about Christmas in our home countries.
I personally don’t celebrate Christmas with presents and Santa Claus, I celebrate the birth of Jesus. I celebrate the first day of Christmas on the 25th of December and the second day of Christmas on the 26th of December. My Christmases consist of going to church, being with family, eating a lot of food, listening to Christmas music and watching a lot of Christmas movies. I bet there are a lot of Dutch people who celebrate Christmas with presents and Santa Claus though.
In Finland they celebrate Christmas a little bit different. Finnish people celebrate Christmas eve on the 24th of December, and Christmas on the 25th of December. They celebrate Christmas even with Santa Claus and presents under the Christmas tree. They also sing a lot of songs and they write poems. On the 25th of December they celebrate a traditional Christmas day and on the 26th of December they celebrate Boxing day.
I didn’t expect this much of a difference between our way of celebrating Christmas. I think it was really interesting to talk about Christmas and I gained a lot of new knowledge about the Finnish culture. Now after talking about Christmas I can’t wait for celebrating it!