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Today’s post is a collab with another favourite blogger of mine – Jenny. We agreed on sharing our Christmas traditions, because she’s coming from a Chinese family, and I from Bulgarian one. We thought such post would be quite a fun way to get to know each other’s cultures better!

 

IMG_7727.JPGBasically the traditions in my family are interpretations of the Orthodox Christianity (although we are not strictly religious).Β  On the 24th we gather for dinner and cook odd-number meat-free meals. It’s like appreciation of all the people who fast 40 days (I think) before Christmas. Example of such meals are obviously beans, potatoes, filled peppers or wine leaves with rice, dried fruits and pickled vegetables. And the most important piece of the festive dinner is the bread. Usually my grandmother is doing it, but this year I did it myself. We also hide a coin somewhere inside the bread, and whoever finds it will be the luckiest next year. When we finish our dinner we leave everything on the table as it is, so spirits can come and eat as well.

On Christmas morning we get up and open presents. After lunch I go to my boyfriend’s place to exchange gifts as well and then go to his cousin to celebrate her Birthday (I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to come this year, I know you are reading πŸ˜‰ :D) ! And with that, Christmas is usually over.

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However, this year was somehow different for me. It was the first time I actually enjoyed Christmas, felt happy and liberated. Spending Christmas at home has always been something I hated, because due to unfortunate family events, it was just… miserable. This year I decided not to go home, and bought my mom a ticket to come here with me instead.

We agreed not to exchange gifts, because first, her being with me was the gift, and second, because it would be difficult for her to bring something with her small luggage.

Do I feel sad that I haven’t got any designer bags, shoes, expensive make up palettes or a new phone to show you? Well, I’ve got some nice fluffy socks (from myself to myself) and I’m sure that counts.

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Most importantly,Β  I’ve got freedom and happiness. I was too scared that I’d feel lonely being away from home, but I’ve learned that Christmas can be celebrated anywhere in the world. And it’s not something that you buy, but something that you keep in your heart. Hope you enjoyed spending time with your family, because that’s the most valuable gift one could get!

 

 

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27 Comments

  • Reply Ann

    Great post πŸ™‚ I like it!! Your Bulgarian traditions are very interesting πŸ™‚
    I’ve written a post about my Christmas too! I’ve described my Polish (I come from Polnad) celebrations πŸ˜‰ I’ll be happy if you read it <3
    http://love-english-by-ann.blogspot.com/2017/12/my-christmas.html
    Have a nice evening!

    December 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you Ann, I’ve read your post, and we have kind of similar traditions – we both don’t eat meet. πŸ™‚ It was lovely to read about your Christmas x

      January 2, 2018 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply whatismaria

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Christmas this year – it is completely understandable that spending it away from home may be beneficial! Wishing you a fantastic 2018:) Xox

    December 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, Maria, wish you amazing 2018! x

      January 2, 2018 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply SimpleSerenity

    I’m sorry that you had to spend Christmas time away from family, but I’m so happy of lesson that you learned, it’s definitely about feeling and how you decide to make it better. xx

    December 30, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Absolutely!

      January 2, 2018 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Jo Smith

    I also follow the traditions of the Orthodrox Christian religion! Though I celebrate Christmas on January 7th, and I celebrate on December 25th. Hope you have a great 2018!

    December 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you! Wish you happy 2018!

      January 2, 2018 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply theconfessionsofanonlineshopaholic

    Oh my gosh, I love the idea of hiding a coin in the bread! It’s so fascinating learning about how you celebrate Christmas, because it’s quite different to how I do it. It was so thoughtful of you to buy a ticket for your mum to join you for Christmas, I hope you really enjoyed your time together and enjoyed some beautiful moments! I completely agree that spending time with your loved ones is worth more than anything in the world, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed your Christmas!

    Thank you for collaborating with me and I really hope we can do it again in the future!

    Jenny x

    December 30, 2017 at 11:57 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      It’s amazing how different families have their own traditions! Thank you for taking the time to share yours as well! It was pleasure collaborating with you xx

      January 2, 2018 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    Yeah we can celebrate Christmas anywhere in the world. Before, i was too scared to celebrate alone.But this year for the first time i celebrated Christmas by myself. I know i am not really alone i am just far from my loveones… Videocall is enough..Happy New year!
    Thina🌸

    December 31, 2017 at 1:33 am
    • Reply Siyana

      You are never alone when you have your loved ones thinking of you! Wish you happy 2018!

      January 2, 2018 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Hunida

    Good job on the bread! It looks beautiful! I’m happy you were able to spend Christmas with your mom, that’s the most important part about the holidays. πŸ’–

    December 31, 2017 at 1:38 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you!

      January 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Miroslava Patleeva

    I think that in this post you have captured the very meaning of Christmas and I am really happy that you have had such a good Christmas. You do not have to feel sorry for not attending my birthday I totally understand. I hope that you keep this positive attitude throughout the entire next year. Merry Christmas and Happy New year for all of us here in Bulgaria.

    December 31, 2017 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, Miri!

      January 2, 2018 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply lifeisaseasyas

    I love your Bulgarian traditions and I to agree that the meaning of Christmas isn’t about presents but it’s anout spending time with the people we love… great post x

    January 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you!

      January 2, 2018 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply stashy

    So interesting to read about your tradition. The coin in the bread is so neat!
    My boyfriend and I discussed reducing gifts for next year – it’s so unnecessary since we honestly have everything we need.
    Happy New Year to you!

    January 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I sometimes prefer saving the money and then splurge them on something big together – a holiday for example ^^ Happy New Year!

      January 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Angela

    Glad you actually enjoyed this christmas! And those fluffy socks totally count, hope you enjoy them. It’s interesting to read about your tradition! <3

    January 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Serene

    Love your Christmas traditions and so glad you enjoyed Christmas! Happy New Year lovely πŸ™‚

    Serene xoxo

    January 4, 2018 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you! Happy New Year to you too 🌸

      January 4, 2018 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply briannamarielifestyle

    I was away from home for Christmas this year too, it was a little difficult but I still had a great time πŸ™‚ Followed!

    January 5, 2018 at 3:23 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Such experiences can be great life lessons! Happy New Year ❄️❄️

      January 5, 2018 at 9:26 am
  • Reply floatinggold

    Always interesting to read about different traditions.

    January 5, 2018 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Ms Via

    Great post! loved reading how you usually celebrate Christmas. We do not celebrate Christmas but it is the best time of the year for my family. With my birthday just 2 days before Christmas we always go for vacation as kids have their holidays and it is always fun to spend time together and enjoy. Last Christmas we visited US and went of a trip from Seattle to Chicago by train it was fun πŸ™‚

    January 16, 2018 at 3:01 am
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