I had a very interesting conversation with my Oma the other day. We were talking about traditions and I got to thinking – traditions are only traditions as long as someone is carrying the torch. There are so many things that I truly enjoyed as a child that just aren’t a part of our Christmas story anymore. I want that to change.
While I understand that with marriage and kids come new traditions, there is no reason that we can’t weave in some of the old with the new as a tribute to our family history. While I won’t be lighting up my Christmas tree with real candles like my Grandmother did as a child I’d really like to revisit some of the old German traditions, my favourite being the lighting of advent candles.
I remember my mom pulling out the advent candle holder which was a windmill type contraption with bells and angels. My mom would set it up, light the candles and we’d enjoy the tinkling of the bells for a little while each night. Every Sunday leading up to Christmas we would light a new candle. As Christmas drew nearer and the number of candles lit increased, the tinkling would get more enthusiastic until finally my mom removed the little bell strikes because the tinkling drove her nuts by that point. Makes me laugh even now. She both hated and loved that thing.
Another tradition I want to add to our list is Christmas Plates. They were beautiful and filled with goodies that we only got once a year, maybe more often if Oma was in a spoiling mood. The plates were piled high with nuts, an orange, little chocolates with multi-colored sprinkles embedded in them, gingerbread, a marzipan pig and Kinder Chocolade. No that’s not a spelling error, I still hear it in German when I think back to those Christmases.
There are some traditions that have carried into my own family. While we don’t have Christmas Plates, I always make sure to put a kinder chocolate, like the KINDER® Hollow Santa, KINDER® SURPRISE® 100g Christmas egg or the MAXI 150g egg (shhh) in each of the kids stockings -and each year without fail we have a chocolate advent calendar. The KINDER® Advent calendar, is a favourite because it features delicious KINDER® chocolate behind every door for a new sweet treat every single day leading up to Christmas! Heck I want one of my very own.
Last but not least I have a change to tradition that I want to propose to my crew. We’ve always enjoyed “Christmas crackers” on our holiday table – it’s a tradition I borrowed from Christmas at my aunts. I have many family photos where we are all wearing those silly paper crowns. This year I want to switch those crackers out for KINDER® confections. They are way more fun than those paper crowns, terrible jokes, and trinkets that you would leave behind at the dollar store! Here’s hoping I get a majority vote!
Whatever your traditions are I hope that they warm your hearts this season.
From my family to yours Frohe Weihnachten!
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