What Are Your Plans For December 24th?

Canada
December 11, 2008 9:44pm CST
I'm half Danish, and my best friend is a German-born Canadian. My husband and I are looking to start some new traditions, now that we are married, so we decided to forgo family drama this year, and celebrate Christmas with our best friend. We are going to celebrate a Danish-German Christmas on December 24th. Danish and German Christmas traditions are almost the same, so it woorks well for both of us. My husband loves to cook, and said he'll happily cook dinner at Herb's place. We are having the following. Roast pork Abelflisk (Danish dish with apples and bacon) Purple cabbage Ris Alamande with cherry sauce for dessert. Ris Alamande is a Danish rice pudding (rice, whipped cream, vanilla, and cherry sauce on top), with an almond in it. Whoever gets the almond in their bowl gets a gift. I can't wait! So, what's everyone else doing on December 24th?
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• United States
13 Dec 08
Usually December 24th for us is spent wrapping up those last minute gift purchases and making arrangements for the next day. Usually we spend the early part of the day feeling rather excited and talking about the next day. Then we watch all of those Christmas specials on TV and I amuse myself by 'tracking Santa' online because I think it's amusing how fast 'Santa' would really have to move. Of course I wrap gifts and get things ready for the next morning. That's usually our routine.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I can't remember that we did anything special as a child, but when my own were growing up, we sometimes decorated the Christmas tree on December 24th and before they went to bed, I read the Christmas story to them. After they were in bed, I always had the majority of the gifts to get wrapped! This year I have been working on the gifts for days and think that I just might be finished before the 24th, if I am lucky. I would like to go to church that evening, which is something that I usually don't do. I'm not sure what else I might do. My kids all live with their own families and we haven't decided where we are doing Christmas Day, yet, so I might be with one of their families on Christmas Eve for our Christmas celebration. Perhaps my son, since he lives an hour away and his girlfriend has to work on Christmas day so he isn't planning to come in.
• United States
12 Dec 08
We will be opening our gifts like its Christmas since my wife works Christmas day. We also usually attend a candle light service and sing Christmas carols.
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@bfarrier1 (2082)
• United States
12 Dec 08
First of all I will go to work and put in my day,after work I will come home and bake fresh cookies and breads while waiting on my 3 daughters and their families to arrive to spend the night after we are all here we opened presents and begin our wait for Santa.I wish you a very Merry Christmas and have alot of fun celebrating with your best friend.
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@katemeow (848)
• Singapore
12 Dec 08
wow, the dessert sounds great! Wish i could taste that ;p I am spending my Christmas away from home for the very first time this year! My flatmates and I have planned to make a nice dinner than head out to the city to watch the fireworks :) Hope I don't get too homesick on Christmas day!
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@vanonas (950)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I'm working Christmas Eve from 7:30 AM to 3PM :( but it's money! I'll be shopping afterwards with all the crazy people because the sales are crazzzyyyyyy on Christmas Eve!
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@aero89 (422)
• United States
16 Dec 08
I'll be having some dinner with the family and afterwards, be making cookies with my sister until the wee hours hehe ..i can't wait
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
14 Dec 08
Well, I have to work Christmas Eve since these fall on my normally scheduled days as I work for a place that never closes, and then we will have to see from there. Sometimes we are invited over to my husbands family's for Dinner, etc. but have not heard anything yet, so still not sure what we will do. If we do not go anywhere we will probably sit home together and watch a Movie or something and just enjoy the evening together.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
13 Dec 08
I have to work on the 24th but our boss says we're closing at 11 - 2 for our christmas party. Then work til 6 and come home. My family usually have a dinner then we open our "christmas eve gifts" which is one gift per person consisting of PJ's to wear over night and for christmas morning.
• United States
12 Dec 08
Well i think thats will be great!! and hope all the food will be delicious !!, well the 24 december i think i will be at home, with my family and friends and other people who comes to my parents house :), but im so happy because i will can share with all the people i cant see it for a long time ago! Well have a nice day and hope you will have a very good weekend! see you soon and bye bye.
• India
12 Dec 08
Hi friend, I am going to my friend's place where they celebrate Christmas Eve every nicely.We will enjoy all the 5 days there and i will return back on Jan 2nd.This is the plan i am planning. I wish you "Happy Christmas and Happy new year too." Have a nice day
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
12 Dec 08
right now I don't have any plans, I don't really celebrate christmas all the much anymore, I never know if I am well or sick on any given day so it makes it hard to plan ahead.
@Mikyoo12 (187)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Well unfortunately I will be working on Dec. 24th. ill even be working on christmas day. I'm a supervisor security officer for Universal Music Group in New York. security is needed 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in my building. But I try to look at it as at least I will be making money. ill just be happy to blessed to be alive on that day God's Willing.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
12 Dec 08
We don't have any family here ,so we are probably going to cook something special just for the four of us.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
12 Dec 08
We'll be celebrating the noche buena on the 24th of December.. actually, it has been our family's tradition.. then the next day(25th), we'll be having a simple get together with the whole family..
• United States
12 Dec 08
hey long time no see!! i dont have any plans yet.. i think my hubby has to work and we arent doing presents so im not sure what that leaves lol
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
12 Dec 08
my hubby is german and we have been married for 21 years. our church is also of german heritage, so we usually go to a candle light service on the night of the 24th (nothing beats hearing silent night in its original german) then we usually go visit my parents after church for a bit, sometimes we as a family will open our presents, it just depends.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
12 Dec 08
We don't really do much on Christmas Eve it's sort of a boring day for us. We are usually all tired from shopping and getting everything ready for the next day we lay around and watch the movies on television.
• Philippines
12 Dec 08
The 24th of December is actually one of the busiest times of the year... perhaps even a lot busier than the following day, Christmas Day itself. I don't kow about you guys but, for the past three decades, I have always seen a lot of folks doing their last-minute shopping and eleventh hour Christmas Eve celebrations. It is during this time that turkeys' heads start rolling, ovens start heating, and pots and pans start sizzling... This 24th? Perhaps, for a change, I'll just lay back in my hammock and let time pass by... Naaah... I wouldn't wanna miss all the action leading to Christmas, would I? I'll probably be roasting a piglet for my large brood then perhaps help my wife finish off her favorite salad dish. That is, if our 2-year old son can manage to stay away from the kitchen even for some time. Then we'll all head to church to hear the midnight mass. Then afterwards, we'll feast!!!
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Dec 08
i guess its my daughters(3 of them) who will do the planning since i give them the responsibility of what to prepare during that time..Embutido in the table during Christmas is always present plus the fruit salad, turkey and roast chicken...i like cakes also to be present during that especial night...but first we attend church service and then have a noche buena together with the rest of the family and have some dancing or games..