Li's Blog: December 5th starts some holiday traditions...

December 5th starts some holiday traditions...

Xmas Tree
Today is the first celebration of Christmas holidays in Holland...special baked treats are a part of this. The Swedish Santa Lucia festival is on the 14th...the English celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas (December 24 to January 6)...the French make their main feast a Christmas Eve event...Germany introduced the idea of a Christmas Tree...the Scots celebrate New Year's (Hogmanay), and everything old must be swept out, to welcome in the new.

There are so many lovely celebratory events during this season. Special menus, baked treats, decorations, seasonal music are all a part of this.

Enjoy your traditions, whether with family, with friends, or perhaps on your own this season. It's different year-to-year...but the idea of sharing light and festivities is a good idea. Volunteer...adopt a family re gifting...spread cheer. It's about giving back. It's about taking part.

Remembering other festivals, while enjoying what is this year's version, is important.

So, follow the Dutch tradition and enjoy a special "speculaas" cookie! It's Sinterklaas day.



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Comment balloon 9 commentsLi Read • December 05 2019 05:15PM


Nice to see you, Li. I enjoyed your post with all the various celebrations. Wishing you joy

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 10 months ago

Hello Li - learning of traditions can be quite enjoyable as they continue to enhance our knowledge in many ways.  Cheers!

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 10 months ago


I lived in Minnesota with my parents and my father at the time was a professor at Gustavus Adolphus College (how Swedish)!  I do remember the St Lucia tradition now that your mentionned it.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 10 months ago

I saw your comment today on another member's post and hoped you'd have a new post. And, you did!  It is a wonderful time of the year, regardless. But you right, sharing and giving is the best the season offers. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 months ago

Yes, there are a variety of customs and festivals this time of the year. Celebrate and be kind to all...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 10 months ago

Hi Li, Thanks for sharing these customs and traditions.  It is very interesting to see how we all celebrate the same holidays just a little bit different.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 10 months ago

Good morning, Li Read that's interesting info about all the customs that you listed.... and I hope you enjoy every day of celebrating the customs of your family and friends.... and it's always nice to see you ......

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) 10 months ago

Really appreciated everyone's comments...thank you!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) 10 months ago

Li, lots of traditions for the month of December as we approach the Holiday.   Hope you are enjoying the season! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 9 months ago