In most countries Christmas is celebrated in different ways and i find it super interesting about the different traditions. Even the differences from the way i celebrated in Ireland comapred to here in Sweden are quite large.
This year we are celebrating pretty much the same way as last year, which is spending the 24th (the day that we celebrate and open presents here in Sweden... super strange? Its the 25th i think you should celebrate, but anyway!) and also the 25th at my step dads mums place. I dont have any biological grandparents left, but my step dads parents are sort of like grandparents.. but ive only known them for about 2 years, so there isnt that connection you feel with your own biological grandparents.
Anyway, on the 24th when you wake up you sort of have time to do whatever you want... most of us wake up at different times and have different morning routines. But if we can we try to eat breakfast together and then my mum and step dad do yoga, i will most probably go for a walk or run or something... or maybe not and my step grandparents will most probably take a walk and if i know my sister well she will spend the whole morning getting ready!! My whole family is very active though and we all like to be active and do things. So after we've all done our own thing we take a glass of wine or something and prepare a big lunch and then when its almost ready we all take a walk before lunch. When we come home from the walk we eat a big lunch together and then we watch the traditional Kalle Anka (i.e Donald duck) (its sooo hard to explain this tradiation as i dont even know where it comes from, but its an hour long and there are small Disney clips) and then when thats over by c.a 4pm we hand out the presents. There is one person who does the handing out of presents and everyone waits as one person opens a gift... so it takes like an hour!!!
And then its sort of free time again before we begin playing games and just spending time with the family.... and eating whenever we feel like it. But theres lots of chocolate and alcohol inbetween everything. And to finish the day its usually another walk and then we watch whatever film is showing on tv.
Christmas last year:
How do YOU celebrate Christmas?:)