The fun part about living in America is seeing a conglomeration of holiday traditions.
Haven't you visited someone's home and found a bit of different take on the celebration?
The fun part is seeing a great idea at a Christmas party, in a magazine, Pinterest, or other social media, tweaking it, then finding a way to add it to your own.
Today, I've asked my chefy daughter--the one who is in culinary arts school and will be going to Germany to continue her studies next May, to help me with today's post. We are presenting some Eastern European table settings ideas. Feel free to ooooo, ahhhhh, and add to your celebration this year.
My children learned to celebrate Christmas Eve the Lithuanian way. Whether we had a chance to Grandma and Grandpa's or stayed at home, we followed the Lithuanian custom of having the large family Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. I think these memories are what spurred my chefy daughter to explore other Eastern European customs.
|Photo by Mary Vee|
(My kids would have tossed their jackets on the floor then pouted when I reminded them to go back and hang them up ;) )
Now the Christmas Eve meal can officially begin.
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#2. In Slavic homes, hay or straw is placed on the table during Advent meals to represent the nativity. My chefy daughter went out to our field, found some hay, brought it in the house and tied a ribbon around the small bundle. She set it aside to dry before placing it on the tablecloth for her demonstration at school.
*An extra setting is left symbolically for the Christ Child. This is a meal honoring the birth of the Christ child. Jesus is with us. So a place is set for Jesus.
*Or an extra setting is left for any unexpected guests. This is a symbol to remind us Mary and Joseph had no place to go, were turned away from the inns in Bethlehem, and were forced to bed in a stable on Christmas Eve.
These are three great ideas!
My family has Christmas dinner on Christmas day. But I think I would like to work in the star sighting the night before.
I also like the bundle of hay on the table. What a great way to remind us of the nativity.
The extra place setting idea seems like a good one, too. I'd talk this over with my family to see which of the two reasons they'd want to focus on.
How about you?
Do you know of a European tradition used at Christmas/Advent time?
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