How do you celebrate Christmas ?

Yesterday my wife and I visited my grandma in the home of the aged where she lives now. They had an interesting session there where one lady was telling about the different ways people celebrate Christmas in different cultures.
We Germans, she said, seem to take Christmas quiet serious. May be true. In other countries in Africa or South America Christmas seems to be a quiet happy fest.
Different cultures have very different traditions how to celebrate, and also different traditional meals and habits for the holidays around Dec. 24th.
In the household of my mother we have a woman from Poland. While carp is supposed to be a traditional Polish Christmas dinner as we learned yesterday she actually is always cooking a soup of beetroot with some sort of filled noodles, called Pierogi. Very delicious ! They also have the nice tradition to pass around a large baked wafer from which everyone breaks apart a little piece to give to someone else; a nice way to symbolize charity, may be the true sense of Christmas.

So folks, since we are hopefully a multi-cultural community here: let us know how you celebrate Christmas every year. What are you special traditions, habits and meals during those festive days at the end of the year ?

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