The importance of keeping US and UK Christmas traditions alive
There are many amazing things about being married to an American but being able to mesh US and UK Christmas traditions together makes for a unique experience that I love! It isn’t until you sit down with your loved one like this that you realize how many things you loved about Christmas when growing up.
We have been together for four years now, I have had several American Christmases and Joe has experienced a traditional English Christmas. I think this year we will have our first blended Christmas. This has got me thinking about what traditions I would like to keep, and I know Joe has been doing the same. When you love someone, you are willing to make compromises and making sure that both people are happy during such a special time.
Joe and I are quite lucky. There aren’t many things that overlap, there are many things that we both equally like so for us it’s more about adding things and not about losing important traditions.
The one thing that has needed to be discussed has been the food. This is something that we had to decide on who’s tradition we would keep. My English family tradition is turkey, pigs in blankets, mashed and roasted potatoes, vegetables and gravy, maybe some cranberry sauce. My American family normally go for ham, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, bread rolls, 5-layer salad, jello salad and much more. As you can see these are very different and you can’t really have 2 Christmas dinners on one day. So instead of trying to mix the dinners we have decided to make one on Christmas eve and one on Christmas day. This way we can both enjoy the food we love around the holidays.
Opening one present on Christmas eve is something Joe has always done. For my family this was a huge no no, you’ve waited this long you can wait until the morning. This is a tradition of Joe’s that we will be keeping. It will be something like a pair of Pajamas and whilst we don’t have kids maybe a bottle of wine when we have kid they will get a story book we will read whilst we will still have the wine/alcohol.
Whilst we know that the elf on the shelf is for children Joe and I have got one this year so we can take it in turns creating inappropriate situations for it to find itself in before it has to be well behaved for the kids! You need to keep the fun in christmas before kids to why not!
The one tradition we do love is visiting the christmas markets. In England we have some beautiful markets that really get you into the christmas spirit. Joe and I have been fortunate enough to have visited real authentic German Christmas Market and this is something we are desperate to do here in the US so we will be looking for one here in Colorado for this year and all the years to come.
There are many traditions we both have that we cannot do here in Colorado because our family isn’t here with us so we decided to make some traditions of our own that will make the holidays special. One thing we would like to start doing is on Christmas eve go up into the mountains and enjoy a day playing in the snow and enjoying the Christmas spirit!
Whilst it’s hard to part ways with some of your fondest things about Christmas when you’re with the one you love it becomes more exciting that sad.
I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas!
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