I hope you had a wonderful weekend - we surely did! Matthieu returned from Kampala and so we enjoyed been reunited the three of us!
Today Carmen is telling us how she celebrates with her 14th month old daughter Carmencita and her husband - let me tell you the three together gather enough traditions to fill up a whole month! But read for yourself!
Tell me about your personal BEST-OF the Holiday season?
Christmas eve dinner, all the family together, which means, 40-ish people having fun, dinner and partying together in a big house in the countryside. It‘s a massive mess that I absolutely love (maybe because it’s just once a year! J ). I come from a very big family, with members’ age ranging from 80 to 1 year (my daughter’s the youngest followed by one of my cousins aged 4) and there is a place and a role for everyone in this party. It always starts with an aperitivo around 8 pm, while waiting for Santa’s arrival bringing presents for everybody. Dinner follows. And the rest… better to keep it private. ;)
How do you celebrate the holidays?
First thing, taking my flight ticket back home, and trying to arrive some days before the 24 Dec. Then I help my overloaded mum with the preparations (my parents are the hosts!), packing presents to help Santa is one of the best parts… counting knives, forks, spoons, and tea spoons is boring, but also a must! The decoration part of the country house is left for the older kids, always helped by one of the adults. I am not too artistic, so better leave this part to others. In my own home in Rome, by now, unfortunately we are not too into special decorations. We will probably start next year when my daughter becomes bigger.
How do they celebrate the holidays differently where you live now than when you grew up ?
As a Spanish child, I had to wait until the 6th of January for the Three Wise Men to bring the presents. In the meantime, preparing the crèche and playing with the figures, singing carols was the only thing we could do. Only some families (at that moment) used to put also a Christmas tree. This has never been a tradition in my family.
Do you create any new traditions with your partner and kids?
More than create new, our discussion is where we will cut some of the traditions! Discussion will be postponed to next year… If we want to keep it all, we will have to keep three/ four if we stay in Italy! My partner is from Belgium, so they have St. Nicolas coming with presents on the 6th of December; I am Spanish, so the Wise Men should come on the 6th of January, at the same time that the Befana is leaving presents to kids in Italy; and of course for commercial and social reasons it seems difficult to avoid Santa coming on the 24th!!! We would like to put Santa away, but seems almost impossible. If we decide that St. Nicolas and the Three Wise Men are bringing just sweets, I think the dentist will become the family’s best friend.
Do you plan any kids specials for the holidays ?
Offering my daughter some time in Spain with all the family and seeing the animals in the farm / countryside. I think she will love it!
May I have a sneak preview of your decoration ?
mmm… idea of the dinner I was talking about…
What do your kids wish for from Santa ?
A tea set maybe? and some books (hers are all broken already since they are her favourite teething object, and she like them much!) and probably a car seat. J
and what do YOU wish for ?
Soo many things! A watch, parfum, a pair black boots, time for me, a job…
Thank you so much Carmen and have a save trip home!