Tag Archives: Christmas Eve


Danish Christmas Almond Game

A Christmas Eve tradition. Text: Informant: As far as traditions like that. My aunts are Danish, and we do this thing on Christmas eve where every person gets this like lemon dessert. Everyone in the house gets one, and only one has an almond underneath. I’ve never known what it’s supposed to represent or whatever,… Continue Reading »

Píng’ān yè (Chinese Christmas Eve, roughly ‘Night of Peace’)

Informant: M, a 21-year-old, Chinese male who grew up in Beijing until he turned 17 before moving to the United States. He now lives in Los Angeles, California, and attends the University of Southern California with his girlfriend who is from Southern China. Background info: M’s first language was Mandarin. His family spoke Mandarin and he… Continue Reading »

Heiliger Abend

Main piece: In the informant’s family, they celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve rather than the normal American practice of opening presents Christmas morning. They call this Heiliger Abend, or Weihnachten, which translates to Holy Night. When a family’s children are young, all gifts from family members were exchanged during Heiliger Abend, while gifts from Santa… Continue Reading »

A Portland Christmas (Childhood)

Informant Info: The informant is a 22-year-old male who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and comes from a Catholic family. He currently is a senior at USC and is very into half-marathon and marathon racing. Interview Transcript: Interviewer: Growing up, did you have any big holiday traditions?   Interviewee: I would say my mom… Continue Reading »