OUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

 Illustration by Marloes De Vries

Illustration by Marloes De Vries

 

With Christmas being less than 50 days away, it’s now fully acceptable to start getting that little bit festive. The Christmas decorations are out in full force in your local shopping centre, the nights are drawing in and you’ve come to the decision that it’s now time to leave the heating on constant. Love it or hate it, you can’t get away from the inevitable; you kind of enjoy it (if only a tiny bit). Whether you’re a Scrooge or a Bublé fan, we’ve sat down with some of our Ohh Deer Illustrators to see what’s special to them about this time of year.

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HOW WE CELEBRATE

”There's a certain element of insanity with Christmas in Australia where we persevere with the hot roast dinners despite the oppressive Summer heatwave! I guess the cold beer balances everything out”
- Steven Rhodes in Australia

“A Christmas in our house is pretty standard. Family, food, Christmas tunes.. the usual. We usually have Salmon and eggs with something fizzy and alcoholic for breakfast. Weird that it's fine to get boozy ay 8am when it's Christmas right? Things have changed a bit for us in recent years as we now have 2 little boys and it's awesome being able to do the whole magic of Christmas thing again. It's nice. We'll always still find time though to bang on a new video game and blast through that though! Oh and the best thing for me... the leftover Christmas dinner that lasts for a good week afterwards!”
Alex Willmore in the U.K.

 Illustration by Hands Off My Dinosaur

Illustration by Hands Off My Dinosaur

We have quite a few Christmas traditions here in Greece. Here are the ones that stand out the most: On the morning of Christmas Eve the kids go carolling from door to door around the neighbourhood, mostly using triangles and other musical instruments such as the dreaded recorder. We do decorate Christmas trees but you can also find people decorating small boats with lights, as is tradition. As for the food, we prepare a couple of tasty baked goods such as almond cookies covered in powdered sugar called Kourabiedes and delicious soft cookies dipped in syrup called Melomakarona. Finally, although some people exchange gifts on Christmas Day, the day of gift-giving is traditionally January 1st! :)”
Hands Off My Dinosaur in Greece

“I'm all about a real Christmas tree, good food, an open fire and festive TV. Since having children, the excitement of Christmas has definitely been reignited. I like the fact I now get to eat the mince pie and drink the beer left out for Father Christmas.”
John Bond in the U.K.

 Illustration by Marloes De Vries

Illustration by Marloes De Vries

“I'm from the Netherlands and we actually have 3 days of Christmas. Christmas eve (24th), which is usually spend with your family, having a meal together and presents for each other. Then there is the first day of Christmas (25th) which you celebrate with your parents or your in-laws. Then you have the second day of Christmas, spend with either your parents or in-laws, whichever family you didn't visit on the first day. I think they made up the second day of Christmas especially to keep peace with all the families hahaha! A lot of families will get out their gourmet sets (you know, like a grill and little pans to put on top) and they all sit around it cooking their own miniature sausages, miniature veggies and potatoes. Or they will grill a 'rollade': a dry piece of rolled up meat. Then the meal is finished with a Viennetta ice cream. 

I'm not really into traditions so I spend Christmas eve usually with my parents and sometimes the first day of Christmas as well, and my partner visits his family. Then, on the 2nd day we spend Christmas together. We order pizza, get all the blankets we have and throw them on the sofa, put on Home Alone or a Harry Potter movie on and we're good! Some people frown upon that but it's the way I love to spend Christmas.”
Marloes De Vries in the Netherlands

 Illustrator Jacqueline Colley

Illustrator Jacqueline Colley

“Christmas for me is all about market season! I make lots of products in advance and I attend a few of the illustration markets in London! This year I'll be at The London illustration fair, The House of illustration's Christmas market and Renegade Craft Fair! I know it's getting close to Christmas when I'm wrapped up warm and manning a stall! (This photo of me grimacing at the London illustration fair in 2017 makes me laugh!! above) I really enjoy markets as I get to meet and chat to customers hearing what products they like and who they will be gifting them to! It's a great opportunity for feedback and also to meet other creatives and catch up with old friends!”
Jacqueline Colley in the U.K.

“For me, the festive period is all about watching cheesy Christmas movies and drinking winter cocktails! (A pint of baileys is a cocktail, right?)”
Safely Endangered in the U.K

 Comic by Safely Endangered

Comic by Safely Endangered

“I absolutely love Christmas, it's probably one of my favourite times of the year, mainly for all the amazing food!! I'm honestly like a big kid, I love playing board games and eating too many mince pies and sausage rolls. I always spend Christmas with my family at home in Eastbourne, I can't imagine spending it anywhere else. I love going to all the Christmas markets, picking out the biggest tree we can find and shopping for lovely gifts. But most of all I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. It's great to take some much needed time off work and lounge about all day in my p.j's watching cheesy Christmas films, I feel there is no need to leave the house when you can stay in and watch Elf on repeat! And to top it off my birthday is just before Christmas which makes it even better!!”
Beth Tibbles in the U.K

 Image by Mei Støyva

Image by Mei Støyva

Going home for Christmas is the highlight of my year! Good food, close family and Three Wishes for Cinderella on TV are a must, and if we're lucky we'll have some snowfall outside as well. We celebrate on the 24th so the party usually kicks off at around 5pm with a big dinner (pinnekjøtt where I'm from!) followed by Christmas bakes and, of course, the opening of presents (my favourite present in recent years was a block of A4 copier paper that my parents added because they wanted to pad out the spacing underneath the tree). Other Christmas activities include: going for a walk if it's not too cold, making pleated Christmas hearts, and eating marzipan.
- Mei Støyva in Norway

What do you guys do at Christmas and around the festive season? Comment below!


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