Like any other festival from across the world, Christmas is steeped in traditions. A time spent with family, there are some rituals and festivities that are associated with Xmas without which the festival would feel incomplete.
The foremost essential at a Christmas gathering would surely be the Xmas tree. Decorated with beautiful and colorful ornaments, the tree takes centrestage. Most popular ornaments being Santa Claus, fairies and stars, especially the big bright one right at the top of the tree.
Christmas carolling or sing alongs at home are another endearing tradition. From O Holy Night to In The Bleak Midwinter, young and old, all join in to the melodious tunes. While some of the singing happens in church and some at home, carol singing groups that go door to door are also a frequent sight to be seen during these days. The neighbourhood rings with the music and melody.
No festival is complete without the traditional food on the menu. Roasted turkey or goose with glazed ham sets the table. Sumptuous stir fried vegetables and home made breads serve as accompaniments. Other baked goodies like fruit cakes and chocolate muffins light up the table but is incomplete without the Yule Log.
And last but not least, something the children will never accept Christmas without and even though they may not admit it, even the adults want this too, the Christmas presents in those colorful red and green Christmas stocking hanging over the fireplace or under the xmas tree. There is surely at least one gift for everyone on Christmas, if not more. The joy of sitting with loved one, opening your gifts on a white Christmas morning is one the best feelings on such a festive occasion.