Yesterday the family celebrated Christmas Adam with my mom. It’s a traditional ceremony for us – one that I invented when I was very young, so a long-standing one at that. Christmas Adam is the day before Christmas Eve. Christian mythology teaches us that Adam came before Eve, though there are no days celebrating that. Incidentally, it’s also another day ou can open a single present. If you’re a family that opens all your gifts on Christmas Eve, this gives you an opportunity to open a single gift and get a taste of what’s to come. These days, we celebrate Christmas Adam with my mom and Christmas Eve/Day with Amy’s parents. Christmas Day is typically just breakfast as we open all our gifts on Christmas Eve.
Of course, it’s actually Yule that rings the truest of all to our family. That gives us yet another day of celebration for the holiday season. This year, Yule (the winter solstice) occurred on the 21st. I anticipate teaching Balthazar the Scandinavian legends surrounding Yule (Jul in Swedish). Stories of the tomte are quite fun and rich with folklore. Santa Clause is referred to as Jultomten in Sweden. Literally, “The Christmas tomte.” There’s your cultural lesson for the year – enjoy your holiday!