Happy holidays!! What are your favourite traditions?

This time last year the Amazon Princess and I were in the US visiting relatives in St Augustine and having a wonderful time. I’m also pining for our stop in NYC afterwards.

I was intrigued and delighted with the different ways of celebrating Christmas festivities. Perhaps just because they were different and novel….but I was captivated nonetheless! Of course in the US there’s Halloween followed by Thanksgiving followed by Christmas, hence ‘Happy Holidays! Here are some examples of the wonderful holiday traditions we experienced:

Why not go out to dinner at a fish camp restaurant which has the largest private taxidermy display in, oh, let’s make it the northern hemisphere!

Fish camp candelabraIMG_1618IMG_1630A little more fish camp

And afterwards we hopped on a Holly Jolley Holiday Trolley to view the St Augustine Nights of Lights with warm alcoholic cider and cookie stops, everyone singing Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer at the top of their lungs.


Then there was the Winter Wonderland skating rink, complete with an elf village and foam snow (couldn’t keep the Amazon Princess from squeezing herself and her cousin into every little house). It was humid and we were slapping away the mosquitos, but that didn’t stop everyone pretending it was cold! There was an ice-slide and S’more roasting. To make a S’more you roast a marshmallow then spread it on Graham crackers with chocolate. Fun out of nothing, right?



Elf village



Then off to New York. The Museum of Natural History had origami creatures on its Christmas tree. The pavements had giant lights just lying around, and amazing buskers pumped out Christmas rhythm in subway stations.

origami tree 1

ny lights

But the most fascinating thing for the Amazon Princess wasn’t any of the above, or even the jellyfish street lights.


It was the tradition of hanging the Christmas Gherkin.  The last decoration placed on the tree was always a pickle, carefully hidden deep in the branches. Legend has it that whoever found it on Christmas morning was blessed with a year of good fortune.

christmas gehrkin

We had to buy our own Christmas Gherkin and it has its own special container.

What Christmas traditions do you enjoy?

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6 Responses to Happy holidays!! What are your favourite traditions?

  1. Lee-Anne says:

    I like it all – lights, tree, carols, cake, turkey (free range, of course), pudding, shortbread…in fact, most of my preferences involve food! 🙂

  2. And good quality chocolate!

  3. Gede Prama says:

    Amazing and Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings. Kindness blossoms in your heart

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