Our office represents more than ten different nationalities – that’s plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas! Here are some of our best memories. The ADC team wishes you all a wonderful holiday!
“The Christmases of my childhood smelled of biscuits and excitement, and, if we were lucky, our house would be surrounded by snow. A few days before the big day my parents would cover up half the living room and we were only allowed to enter once everything was set up. My mum rang a little bell and we stormed in. There it was: the Christmas tree, candles, presents, a train set covering the entire floor and sometimes even a children’s toyshop that we would play with for weeks afterwards. Food-wise, we usually kept a very German tradition; eating sausages with salads and German bread. Only the best ones, of course, that my grandfather insisted on buying from a special butcher. As you can see, all German stereotypes are hereby confirmed. We do eat sausages all the time, even for Christmas!”
Lena Mutschler, Germany
"When I was a child my favourite thing about Christmas was the presents (it still is, actually). In the UK, we open our presents on Christmas Day. First, I woke up to find my Christmas stocking hanging at the end of my bed, stuffed full of little presents. Then we opened the rest of our gifts after Christmas lunch. As the youngest, it was my job to read the labels and hand out the presents from under the tree. And yes, we really did all sit down together to watch the Queen’s Speech at 3pm!"
Caroline Tillotson, Great Britain
“In Sweden there is a very odd tradition of watching a series of 1950s Disney cartoons on Christmas eve. Donald Duck goes mad in the jungle in one, while the squirrels Chip and Dale ruin Mickey Mouse’s Christmas tree in another. My dad always shrieks with laughter when the caravan rolls down the mountain, sprung loose from Goofy’s truck. When I was a child it was the pinnacle of the day, even though you knew every twist and turn of the jokes. As I’ve got older, the magic has faded somewhat. Now I’m like the other boring adults, cracking walnuts and sipping mulled wine in the kitchen, while my dad’s laughter bellows from the living room.”
Linnea Enstrom, Sweden
“In my teenage years, my friends and I used to exchange Christmas presents. We would arrange groups of four to five people and each one would have to give something to the rest of the group. The presents were swapped around a big bonfire near the village church, while drinking mulled wine. It often turned into embarrassing situations when someone had bought an expensive present, like a watch, and got something cheap in return. Immediately, everyone would know who fancied who…”
Tommaso Pallanch, Italy
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