Every family celebrates the festive season differently, and in a year as different as 2020, we’ve compiled some of our own favourite family traditions to spread some cheer this December. (Image source: Ashleigh Buck)
By Ashleigh Buck | @ashkbuck
Christmas is the time of year that many families come together to celebrate.
This can be big, or small. Religious or spiritual. Loud or quiet, but either way the memories made are ones that are never forgotten.
There is something about the festive season that summons excitement, brings a smile to your face and makes you thankful for the people around you.
As a result, traditions are formed. For some of our team, these are the cherished family traditions that gives Christmas that little extra spark.
Michelle Wakim | @MichelleWakim
All year round, Lebanese households religiously share food as an act of love, familial intimacy and celebration.
My family are Lebanese Catholic, so Christmas fuses a devout religious holiday with a devout commitment to food to create a spectacle of flavours, passion, and chaos.
As per Lebanese culture, we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. The day is spent cooking. Garlic from the hummus, parsley from the tabouli, and meat from the kibbeh are defining scents. An eclectic mix of tables and chairs are arranged to form one grand table in our backyard to seat the eclectic mix of family and friends who join us. The tables are adorned with large, crocheted tablecloths which epitomise ethnic décor, and candles are scattered to light our way to the food platters.
Our family greet each other with intense, bellowing jolliness which, from afar, may be mistaken as aggression. As we eat, this enthusiasm erupts in a scene full of life. We kick on late into the night with second dinners and strong coffees. We exchange gifts from family which are more symbolic than materialistic, and we always stay awake to see the clock tick over to Christmas Day.
Nikita Skuse | @nikita_skuse
My family’s newest (and favourite) Christmas tradition is quite simple but as festive to us as any other. In the lead up to Christmas we draw names from a hat and whoever you draw is who you have to buy Christmas pyjamas for.
On Christmas Eve, once everyone gets home from work, we sit around the tree and open our pyjamas. It’s always a gamble to see what our mum will buy; her taste is questionable to say the least.
As the song goes, “don we now our gay apparel” and head off on the search for the merriest Christmas light displays. We spend the night driving around our town looking for houses that have gone all out, my Christmas playlist on the AUX and the aircon on high to combat the sweaty thighs that come with trying to squeeze five adults into a Corolla. The night usually winds up with a stop at HJs for a frozen coke or two courtesy of the loose change that has built up in the dash box over the past 12 months.
It’s a far cry from the more traditional Christmas Eves we used to have as kids, but I look forward to my new pair of PJs every year.
Ashleigh Buck |@ashkbuck
Christmas in the Buck household is always a loud one. There is never a dull moment during the festive season which is why it is my favourite time of year.
Our tradition always occurs on Christmas Eve come Christmas morning. Each year, one very special family member, ‘Nana Moi’ comes to stay with us. As kids both our parents usually worked all day, and Nana was always prepared with a stack of movies and usually a delicious lunch for us to enjoy passing the time.
Come the evening when everyone is home, we get changed into our PJs, grab a drink and get settled in for the carols. Like I mentioned before, it is never quiet in our house. This is due to a collection of family friends who knock on our door, come in to say ‘hello’ and admire our Christmas lights throughout the night.
Fast forward to Christmas morning, which brings a new tradition within the family that started just a few years ago. Prior to Christmas, each member goes out and buys at least one gift for each other’s stocking which we think they’ll love. With the smell of coffee, and the consumption of gingerbread for breakfast, we all sit around in a circle and each open our stockings, waiting for the looks of surprise and gratitude.
Whilst Christmas is about a lot more than the gifts and the food, knowing you are surrounded by those you love the most make those little things feel a lot more special.
From our family here at On The Record to yours, we wish you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years.