4 Traditions to get you in Christmas Spirit

Christmas Traditions

Come November and all the shops get flooded by Christmas decorations and Christmas it’s all everyone thinks about. To inspire us and help us get into the Holiday spirit, I invited 4 people to share with us their Christmas traditions. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that they can inspire you.


Christmas Traditions

Sónia Nabais Inês; Marketeer/Business Women at “Color Your Day“, Entrepreneur, Creative – Nave de Haver, North of Portugal.
“I was born in a village, north of Portugal and almost every Christmas is spent there, at that, that will always be known as my grandmother’s home. My family’s best Christmas tradition, which was given to us by my grandmother (on my mom’s side) is that on the evening of December 24th, after we open the presents, we drink hot chocolate and eat toasts made on the fireplace. Even though it doesn’t taste the same as when nana warmed the cocoa in the fire pot, it smells the same every year and every year, the memory of her comes back. The smell of toasted bread, the smell of the fireplace, the smell of hot chocolate, the turmoil of children and their new toys, people in and out of the house, the chill of cold December nights while the family makes the traditional walk to the fire lit in the village square. These are the traditions that we keep, every year!”

foto de Sónia Inês | Sónia Inês photo

Sónia Inês photo


Christmas Traditions

Rita Salgueiro; Interior Designer, CEO at “Full Ideas”, guest Designer on national TV show “E agora o que é que eu faço” – Lisbon, Portugal.
“Christmas is always spent at my sister-in-law, parents home so we can have all the kids together. Sometimes we are as many as 25 adults! Kids start dinner before us, in their dinner room and, as soon as they’re finished, join us in the living room to perform theatre and sing the songs they composed specially for this occasion. By the end of dinner we all await midnight to open presents and we do it one by one, each family at a time. While adults remain seated, holding the bags of gifts, the children deliver each present to their recipient. We sometimes end this gift distribution as late as 2am. Once it’s all done, the kids play with their new toys while the grownups get back to the dinner table, drinking tea and having long conversations. It always runs late but it’s really nice!”

foto de Rita Salgueiro | Rita Salgueiro’s photo

Rita Salgueiro’s photo


Christmas Traditions

Dora Sintra; food blogger at “Tasty Travel”, photographer at “Blue Well Being”, project manager at “RHP” – Faro, Algarve, Portugal.
“Remember Christmas is so good that I immediately feel the urge of playing Nat King Cole and his holiday songs. As a child, a few weeks prior to December 24th, the celebrations began. Going with my parents shopping for the family presents and eager to find out what mine would be; or planning for the Christmas meals (dinner and lunch) would be. I’ve always been a food enthusiast so I rejoice with the task of suggesting and helping prepare all Christmas food. When I wasn’t yet working, I had plenty of time and loved to help my mom with the cooking of our family “trademark” delicatessens. Just thinking about it makes me wish it was already December! As a child I was never fond of Santa since it was very apparent that it was nothing but a real person in costume and scared me to hiding. But the best Christmas tradition, I cherish, is calling my Godparents (Pi and Pia, as I call them) and tell them what I got. They always got me everything I desired, colluded with my parents so I wouldn’t get repeated  gifts and always wanted to know what I liked the most. These days, my dear Pi is now longer with us but I still go to the nursing home to tell Pia all about my Christmas. When we grow up, we don’t get as many presents anymore and conversation run short, faster but, even so, I’m always joyful to tell her what Santa did bring. This year, there I’ll be again!”

Foto de Dora Sintra | Dora Sintra's photo

Dora Sintra’s photo


Christmas Traditions

Sheila Rocha; Director at “Ideias Indomáveis“, Visual Artist / Designer at “Dubalacobaco” – Brazil.
“In “Ferreira Rocha” family, Christmas is the reunion to celebrate love and life. Dinner starts December 24th, around 9pm with a no-over-the-top supper, with tradicional Brazilian food, typical for this festivities as well as wine, sparkling wine, music and joy. We take this opportunity to reminiscent on happy moments in our lives, laugh of things that have happened, spoil the children (nephews and grandchildren) and talk about the plans for the future. We still exchange gifts but it’s not the center of the all party. It’s customary for us to say a prayer, together or each person to it self. By midnight, we hug and toast (this is the most emotional moment, I usually end up in tears, specially when hugging my mom, ahahah!). As, for us, in Brasil, this is Summer time, with warm nights, we get together outside the house, for a few hours, watching fireworks. Around 2am each one heads back to their own home, our hearts filled with love and affection.”

Foto de Sheila Rocha | Sheila Rocha's photo

Sheila Rocha’s photo


Agora gostava que me falassem de vocês? Qual a vossa tradição de Natal mais querida? Celebram em familia ou têm por hábito passar fora? Vestem-se “a rigor” para a ocasião? Vamos conversar, no espaço de comentários, lá em baixo ↓

Now, what about you? What’s your favourite Christmas tradition? Do you celebrate at home or prefer to go out or spend it abroad? Do you usually dress up for the occasion? Let’s get the conversation started in the comment area down below ↓

Christmas Traditions

me, Christmas 2010

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Christmas Traditions

Thank you so much for reading me and I’ll see you soon!

With joy & style,

Xoxo, Raquel

 – Live, Love, Laugh –

foto de Sónia Inês | Sónia Inês photo

Sónia Inês photo


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  • DIY de Natal – East 69th and 1 Style
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