While the rest of the world is dreaming of a White Christmas, my family is dreaming of a dark, chocolate one . Preferably with chocolates with liquor that surprises you with its boozy taste .
The countdown to Christmas or Advent is observed differently in different parts of the world .
While I’m not sure of what the elders do, I know that Chocolate plays an important role in the run up to Christmas.
In the Netherlands, for instance, on the 5th of December, Sinter Klass comes along with a chocolate initial of the child’s name and fills in some presents in a shoe kept out for him.
In Germany and elsewhere, children have an advent calendar where each day of Advent is marked by a tiny piece of chocolate.
Christmas is one of those festivals that have universal appeal and is celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians – especially the non religious part where eating plays a major role .
Our Chocolate Christmas started with Hubby Dear’s trip to London early one December. The girls had just begun school and had already seen Santa Claus kissing Mummy under the mistletoe during their school’s Annual Nativity Concert. So while Anna Shetty wrote a letter to Santa, she was also keen on celebrating Christmas at home . The girls were thrilled when Hubby Dear returned home with a Christmas pudding , some crackers, Christmas wreaths and CHOCOLATES!
Later on, when he was associated with the Dutch , our girls began getting Chocolate initials from our Dutch visitors who came around Christmas time.
We continued our Chocolate Christmas tradition with chocolate Santas ( when the Dutch stopped coming home ) and substituted them assorted chocolates that came along with the compliments of the season.
And when Little Po and Wow Dinga became big enough to eat chocolate, they they became part of our Chocolate Christmas too !
Last year, they were thrilled with their chocolate letters particularly since they could now identify them!
Two years ago we added the Advent Calendar to their Christmas celebrations.
Initially , they were too little to understand or manage opening the flaps but their excitement was palpable as they explored what was inside! Last year they were thrilled to open the flaps themselves and were looking forward to doing this themselves.
Alas! This year, their joy was short lived because Bayda the Bai diligently poked out all the chocolate saying that the box was in tatters and it occupied too much space!
I was horrified because poor Daughter No 1 had made a special trek to the supermarket to get this special treat for the kids .
Luckily Bayda could not get her hands on my box of goodies, a delightful box of Butlers famous Irish Chocolates and I ate them up as they were meant to be – one at a time in leisure.
I love assorted chocolates especially when they don’t come with a key and you have to guess what the filling is.
Do you have a special Christmas tradition that’s sweet and chocolatey?
If you have a foodie memory , please do share it with Shilpa and me . Write a blogpost on your blog between Tuesday and Friday and hashtag it #FlavoursomeTuesdays.
Looking forward to having you with us !
And watch out for #FlavoursomeTuesdays next week when I share another Christmas tradition.
Till then , enjoy!