Christmas day, 2006

Advent Ark

Here’s a brief run down of our Christmas day with some photos. So, first up was the advent ark. Freya really enjoyed opening up the doors each day to see what animal was behind the door. Much more fun that a crappy advent calender. So, that finished yesterday.

Christmas Sock

I brought Freya home a new Christmas stocking on Christmas eve and she immediately recognised it as a “sock”, so I guess it’s her Christmas sock. We hung it on the bedroom door and she discovered it when she got up. She was delighted!

Thank you note from Santa

Then through to the living room where we discovered that Santa had indeed wolfed down his tasty mince pie and egg nog. He said to say that he enjoyed it very much and even had the courtesy to leave a thank you note!

Then it was time to launch into the presents. Our apartment is really too small for us to put up a tree that’s big enough to put presents under it, but we did a pretty good job I think.

Presents wise, we got lots of small gifts rather than one big one and I think that was the right way to go. She got a really nice jigsaw puzzle, a wooden pizza and some wooden fruit with a wooden knife and a chopping board. There was also the descant recorder in C, which is a proper instrument and not a toy. She’s had fun blowing it as loud as she can, so we’re having to teach her that she doesn’t need to blow quite so hard the whole time.

Freya with her recorder

Hamish had a fun day too. He got his first ever Christmas present brought through to him in bed (I don’t imagine that that will ever happen again!) and enjoyed his frog dolly from Grandma and Grandad.

Hamish with his frog

In the afternoon we sat down and watched Monsters Inc. and really enjoyed it. What a great movie! Thankfully we had the foresight to record it as Freya asked for it again on Boxing day.

Merry Christmas Hamish!!

So that just about wraps it up for this year.


  1. Both your children are adorable and so photogenic! You’ll treasure these photos long into their adulthood.

    Are there many ways in which Christmas traditions are different in Luxemborg than in Scotland? I spent Christmas with relatives in England a few years ago and found the little differences really interesting. Christmas Lunch instead of Christmas Dinner … present opening after lunch … Boxing Day socializing was like Christmas Day #2 … anything on the continent that strikes you as different?

  2. Thanks for your comment Venus!

    That’s part of the beauty of digital cameras and video I guess. I think Hamish seems to be more photogenic than Freya and was just saying so to Lorraine today. He’s a wee smasher right enough!

    As for cultural differences, I guess the most obvious thing is the whole Christmas market thing. We’ve been to markets in France, Germany and Belgium, too and the atmosphere is just great! The best one we’ve been to so far was in Frankfurt.

    Another tradition they have here in Luxembourg is St Nicholas day on 9 December. For some that IS Christmas day. It’s a Catholic country and seems to be something to do with that. They also have Black Pete, who apparently visits bad children instead of St Nicholas. We took Freya to the local village hall to see Santa last year and wondered who this other fellow was.

    My wife and I are both Brits and we aren’t really integrated into Luxembourg culture at all. We still observe all the UK holidays at home, but I guess that will change as the kids get older (e.g. Mother’s day is on a different date).
    Freya is already speaking Luxembourgish at the creche, which is a tad worrying since neither of her parents speak it!