Multicultural Celebrations
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Multicultural Celebrations: the MKB December Festival

Multicultural Celebrations

It’s been a while since I hosted the Multicultural Kid Blogs Carnival but it’s my turn again! My theme this month is Multicultural Celebrations and answers the question: what makes your celebrations multicultural?  I keep my theme very broad since I was late at announcing it and wanted to give other bloggers an easy way opportunity to submit.

Let me start with presenting you Becky’s wonderful post on Kid World Citizen about the importance of family traditions and gives us an insight into hers. For example, every year, Becky’s family visits the Science and Industry Museum in Chicago for their Christmas tree around the world exibition and takes pictures in front of the tree that is significant to Becky’s family. Other traditions include the daily ritual of reading books, making their own Christmas ornaments and watching Christmas movies, Becky’s post is full of great ideas!

In a guest post on The Life of an Expat Parent, Amanda of Expat Life with a Double Buggy describes her Christmas in the Netherlands, together with the challenges it brings. Amanda’s writing is exquisite as usual and it perfectly describes the dilemmas expat multicultural couples have at Christmas.

Not all families that celebrate Christmas are religious. Ours certainly isn’t and yet we do celebrate it. And so does Annabelle’s family- who is atheist, just like mine! Annabelle describes what an atheist Christmas can look like- Christmas doesn’t have to be about religion at all, it can be about family togetherness, enjoying the winter and celebrating nature. Read Annabelle’s post on the Piri Piri Lexicon!

Being multicultural sometimes means diluting family traditions and cultural identity. In her  amazing post, “Watered Down Hispanics“, Maria of Trilingual Mama writes about just that. Her post is a thoughtful, nostaligc tale of identity formation, In the end, Maria says that her children are Hispanic as well, because she cannot let that part of their heritage die! I gave you the spoilers, but please read the post anyway. It is beautiful.

Maria also writes about her multicultural celebration of her son’s birthday- complete with pinatas! Except these pinatas were not build in Mexico, but in France! Read all about pinatas in France here.

Planning a German-Latvian Christmas  on Let the Journey Begin is  a great post highlighting the differences between German and Latvian Christmas traditions. In it, Ilze describes her first Christmas outside of Latvia and decides, that both countries aren’t all that different in regard to celebrating Christmas.Check out the menu it looks delicious!

Throwing a German-Latvian Wedding is one of my favourite posts because I had the great pleasure and honour to be present at it (go and look for me in the pictures!). I also love to tell the story of how Ilze and Daniel met at my own- also multicultural wedding. I wrote about their wedding as well.

In this post on Piri Piri Lexicon, Annabelle describes the Christmas traditions and customs she borrowed from other cultures. For example, the tradition of Saint Nicholaus, the Advent calender and the Christmas cracker tradition- something I’ve nevr heard of before I read Annabelle’s post!

I have always thought that Advent was a typically Polish and German traditions, but it is apparently celebrated all over the world. Third Culture Mama found a great way to make a Advent calender and teach children about the world, using just a slab of wood, idlessly lying in their garage, painted numbers of it and every day the children can learn something new about the world. So awesome.

On Mama Tortuga, Johana writes about a tradition I’ve never heard of: Noche de las Velitas​- Light Night! This beautiful tradition from Columbia is celebrated in second week of December and involves making handmade lampions. In Johana’s case, however, this turned into another oportunity to teach the children about the world’s traditions and combined Jewish, Peruvian, Swiss and Colombian dishes, drinks and props.

Sarah of Life with Subtitles writes about her multicultural heritage in this post called Tacos and cake. In it, she uses her own wedding to talk about her German heritage- which she only discovered because she had to interview her grandfather. Her story is a fascinating one and is so beautifully written that it gavfe me the chills. I can also really identify with it. I also love the tossed salad analogy as opposed to the melting pot analogy- but you’d have to read the post to understand it!

And she also writes about her bicultural Christmas (combining a tradition called Noche Buena with Christmas)and describes it as “t was a fun merger of two families and two cultures” I love these combination of new and old traditions, because we have plenty of thes ein my own family!

Galina of Trilingual Children writes about the challenge that is buying gifts for her multicultural kids. But in fact, she is again talking about combining many different cultures for Christmas- she is Russian and her husband Italian and the traditions from these countries are very different.

Tina of Los Gringos Locos reminiscens  Mexican Wedding she was invited to.The post is a visual feast, not filled with many words, but full of beautiful photos from the wedding: the happy couple, the food, the sceneries and guests and the flowers. The story is a little bit scary since it involves an accident one of her children had.

Diana of LadyDeeLG wrote this amazing post about honouring all her cultures during her wedding. She highlights five ways she succesfully combined all these rich traditions: food, cake, readings in many languages, table names (they gave the tables names of cities important to them) and the rings!

Eva Varga writes about her Norwegian Christmas. It included a very special elf, crafts, decor, cookies and Saint Lucia- and more! Read all about Norwegian Christmas traditions and feel prepared for the juletid (Christmas time)!

Eolia of La Cite de Vents has this guest post, written by Natasha, an American living oversea, in Singapores. In it, she describes her Christmas traditions. She says that she had to simplify Christmas but it doesn’t bother her. She also tells the story of setting up a Christmas tree in all the countrie, including in Ireland where they could actually pick  their own Christmas tree! She ends her post with these wise words: The simplicity of this goal, the drive to be together, to play games and celebrate our love as a family: these are the traditions that I relish and hope to renew every year. “

As for me,   I made a collection of the world’s most beautiful Christmas carol because hardly any celebration can be complete without music. You can listen to these glorious songs on my blog as well.

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