Multi-Cultural Christmas?

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Registered: 12-31-2002
Multi-Cultural Christmas?
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Wed, 12-08-2010 - 6:31am

Does your household celebrate Christmas and/or the New Year?

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Registered: 06-06-2002
Wed, 12-08-2010 - 8:39am

Ours is single culture Christmas!

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Fri, 12-10-2010 - 6:42am

That's so funny about you mentioning decorations that are neutral I've been stocking up on snowmen decorations this year.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Fri, 12-10-2010 - 10:19am

As a household currently of one, I help friends celebrate Christmas. When I was in a household of two, we'd do something. None of my exes were particularly religious. One was a lapsed Catholic. The other wasn't even baptised even though he had gone to Catholic schools. Christmas for him was mainly a family celebration not really a religious one.

I'm grumpy at New Year's. It really doesn't mean that much for me, and I refuse to party just because one is supposed to party. It's the one time that I won't use as an excuse to party hee hee...

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Mon, 12-13-2010 - 3:32am

Grumpy at the new year?

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 9:22am
Well, it's been decided that we're doing something for the new year this year. A friend of ours is coming back to send her mother back to Europe (she recently got a temporary assignment elsewhere), another friend is here for the holidays without his partner. Since three friends are moving away in the coming year, this is really our last New Year in Jakarta together.

My wish for a French Christmas has been fulfilled. No fresh oysters (too expensive) but we'll have foie gras, smoked salmon, cheeses, a Yule log and I've volunteered to make the turkey with all the trimmings.

Technically I don't celebrate Christmas, but when we were children we'd always have a tree, and have the presents, etc. Friends of my parents would always have us over for Christmas lunch, which would be a very nice English Christmas meal. Then there were all the Christmases in France, so yeah, it's pretty much a part of me.
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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 7:09am

Sounds like it will be fun.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 11:21am
It's been easier to find turkey these days. Two or three supermarket chains carry it in their stores that cater to expats. We don't have much choice - it's frozen, the birds are around 6 kgs, and it's horrendously expensive. There's just one brand (Norbest). The other day I saw that they have just the turkey breast, but that was almost as big as a whole turkey and twice as expensive...
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Registered: 12-31-2002
Sat, 12-18-2010 - 6:40am

I hear ya about the Turkey meat.

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Mon, 12-20-2010 - 11:11pm
Hah - after years of seeing frozen turkey at the supermarkets all year round, there's no turkey to be found this year. Apparently there was a shortage - you never know here with imports, whether it's going to go through or not - and as of Saturday last week no turkey. I am going to make one last try, but I think we'll have a leg of lamb this year and some roast chicken for those who don't like lamb.
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Registered: 06-06-2002
Tue, 12-21-2010 - 6:33am
We are having roast beef at my mums - provided we can get there. If the weather is bad we won;t go. I think I'll buy some lamb to have at home in case we stay here. The last time I bought a turkey it was so expensive and very big for three of us and it really isn't my favourite meal. I uses to like all the trimmings - sausages, sausage stuffing, bacon rolls but as I no longer eat pork I can't have those! ( I don't miss them normally!) I have a Christmas lunch with work tomorrow so I can have turkey then.
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