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The holidays tend to get us a little nostalgic and rightfully so. It’s a time for family and traditions and of course, spending quality time together eating! The Krrb team shares some of their favorite memories so join us in reminiscing.
Lauren Hannel, Social Media Coordinator
Unsurprisingly, my favorite holiday traditions revolve around food. Christmas Eve is always spent at my maternal grandparents’ house, and my Italian grandma goes hard in the kitchen all day to prepare for the hungry hoard of family. Her zuppa di Natale (Christmas soup) is the best part of the night next to gifts; it’s a lima bean-based soup topped with a slice of crusted bread and a drizzle of olive oil. There are tons of traditional and tasty courses that follow, but that simple soup is always a comforting reminder of one of my grandma’s greatest gifts she’s given us: her insanely/almost evilly-good cooking!
Chrissy Giglio, Community Manager
Every Christmas morning since my earliest memory has been the same. When I was just a lil’ girl, waking up bright and early and all excited, my sister would get me “camera ready” before we scrambled off to wake up my parents and get present time started. Although nobody has to help me look presentable in the mornings anymore, my sister and I still braid each other’s hair every single Christmas. Last year I even found this greeting card and was able to give it to her! After presents are all unwrapped and the cats are happily submerged under mounds of wrapping paper and ribbons, my dad goes out to get donuts, coffee for the adults and milk for the kids (yes, I am referring to my 26-year-old self as one of the kids) and he does the same for our neighbors. No matter how much our tastebuds have evolved over the years, we still stick to Dunkin’ Donuts on Christmas morning. Nothing says December 25th to me more than those red and green sprinkles on my chocolate frosted donut.
Alexandra Riess, Krrb Blog Editor
My family celebrates Christmas on my grandfather’s farm in Chunky, Mississippi. The tradition is to arrive at 4pm for dinner at 5:30. While we wait for dinner, my grandparents open their gifts followed by our parents. It is a tradition for my aunt to make two dishes of broccoli rice casserole for supper because we would fight over it when we were young.
After dinner, the cousins get up from the “children’s table” (now ages 20-35, with husbands in tow) and sit around the tree to open gifts. The next morning on Christmas Day, it’s a tradition for the men to go hunting in the early hours. My cousins and I wake up early for Santa and ride our horses all day.
Mateo Londono, Customer Service
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without my family’s annual tradition of going to the movies on Christmas day. We usually sleep in on Christmas morning (since we open our gifts the night before on Christmas Eve) and after we wake up, we head out in the cold to catch the latest movie. The hardest part, of course, is deciding which movie to watch. Generally it’s between a romantic comedy or an action flick, but whichever one we watch, it’s just important that we see it together with a big bucket of popcorn!
George Eid, CEO and Founder of Krrb
When Dominique and I first got married, we decided to spend every other Christmas with each others family – between Paris and Chicago. We made it so that it was fixed and in that way there were no questions asked to throw off the rhythm of actually doing it. We have systematically pulled it off for 11 years and it has been great. Sibylle (our daughter) has gotten to know both sides of her family and celebrate Christmas in two very different ways — French-style and Arab American-style. In fact, Sibylle has come to accept it as natural and really does play the game. I think if we didn’t fix it as a rule then each year we’d be deciding where we’d spend the holidays and in the end, become a little lazy and not leave Paris to visit Chicago. Even our families know which year is which and organize around it.
Antoine Doury, Developer
For Christmas Eve, my family does a big dinner usually with many of courses like toast of salmon and then French foie gras. I know foie gras is controversial but this is really a tradition in lots of French families. For example,this is the only day of the year I am eating it! And we usually give out gifts in the middle of the dinner (before dessert!).
Luis Lavena, Development Team Leader
On Christmas Eve, we have Peceto Relleno which is a stuffed meat, and Russian salad that’s vegetables mixed in mayo. For dessert, we normally have fruit salad. It’s summer here [in Argentina] so we don’t eat a lot of hot food, everything is pretty much served cold. After dinner, there are fireworks! Lots of people buy a lot of fireworks that go off at midnight. For New Years, we repeat the traditions but include a toast at midnight to celebrate the new year.
Vee Londono, Community Director
This year we’re starting a new tradition on account of my baby nephew! To mark this addition to the family, we’re filling his first Christmas stocking with little gifts like ornaments that represent him. It will be a really fun time watching him take in the lights, music and festivities.