The Christmas Tag

Christmas is the season to tell stories about family, childhood and traditions. The Christmas Tag is the perfect opportunity for that. It was invented by Little DIY Projects on November 26th, and I was nominated by updownflight on December 3rd. I’m very grateful for this honor and want to thank her so much. I’m so excited to tell you a bit about Christmas traditions in Austria and Christmas traditions in my family.

updownflight runs an excellent written blog about ups and downs in life. If you read what she writes about Christmas and Christmas traditions in her family, it is definitely an “up”; not only for humans, but also for parrots 🙂

The rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Add the picture in your blog
  • Copy these rules into your post
  • Add a link to this original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas-related questions if you want)
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs
  • Have fun!

The Questions:

1. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish?
6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?
7. What’s your favourite Christmas song?
8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

My Answers

1. My favorite thing about Christmas is that it is the time when the whole family comes together at my parent’s place. That means: my parents (2 persons), my sister’s family (6 persons) and myself with my partner stay for about one week in one single house. The space conditions are confined, but it is fun – most of the time 🙂

2. My favorite Christmas memory is baby Jesus. In Austria baby Jesus brings the decorated Christmas tree as well as the presents on December 24th. That means that our living room was closed the whole day (“Don’t disturb baby Jesus, otherwise there will be no tree and no presents. It is very shy!”). In the afternoon, my sister and I were sent to church. In the meantime, my parents prepared the living room. When my sister and I came home, the hardest time of the year began: we waited to hear baby Jesus ring a bell. Here I have to tell you that our living room has two doors. We had to wait at one of the doors, trying to hear something out of the closed room. Meanwhile, my mum sneaked through the other door in into the living room, lit the candles and sparklers and rang the bell. That meant that we could enter the living room, where we found the trees with candles and sparkers and the presents.

3. No, my family has no special traditions, except one: It’s always a bit chaotic. But to me it is important to watch one movie during Christmas holidays. It is called “Three Wishes for Cinderella” (“Drei Nüsse für Aschenbrödel”/”Tři oříšky pro Popelku”) and is a very popular Czech production from 1973. In Germany and Austria this movie symbolizes Christmas and Christmas time and it is shown on almost every TV-channel.

4. My Christmas wish is quite simple: Health, good mood, friendship and love.

5. I have no favorite Christmas dish – but if it comes to dishes, there is a kind of tradition in my family. Since more than 40 years a friend of the family visits us for lunch at December 24th. And since more than 40 years he gets the same dish: bratwurst with pretzel rolls and potato salad (which I have to prepare).  And this is the reason why there exists no Christmas dish in my family: in the evening, nobody is hungry anymore.

6. My favorite Christmas decoration is a golden candleholder in form of a sphere with punched stars.

7. My favorite Christmas song is “Driving home for Christmas” by Chris Rea. I have to “drive home” by myself. From Vienna to Vorarlberg, where my parents live, it’s about 800 km or 7 hours by train. So I love to listen to the song (which is on air all the time) when I pack my luggage.

8. Usually I celebrate Christmas in my parent’s home in Vorarlberg, in the west of Austria, near Switzerland.

9. “Christmas Spirit” means to me to come down, to relax and to spend time with family and friends.

10. I would like to spend Christmas with my family and friends.

My nominees are:

I’m looking forward to read about your and your family’s Christmas traditions!