My favourite Christmas Memories Geeklist (because Santa made me do so!)
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Dear Secret Santa,

With a certain blush,
I am sure to rush,
a list of memories dear,
not only out of coal fear

The Elves are right,
so very bright,
it is my vice,
I have been both naughty and nice.

I admit, I might have been in a state,
but only because my first child was late,
maybe I am no stranger to sin,
but how else do you keep sanity in?

I shall now write my list,
not to shake my fist,
but to thank you and your elves,
to dust of the Christmas shelves.
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1. Board Game: Family Matters [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Bart Verdeyen
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Christmas is something you spend with family, new year's eve is something with friends, this is the unwritten rule we always abide to.

Christas was always celebrated at my birth house and it was a meeting place for uncles and aunts, grandfathers and grandmothers, greataunts and parents.

Through the years though, the family has grown smaller and smaller and there's only a few left now. Christmas is now celebrated at our house, still with family though.
 
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2. Board Game: Christmas Tree [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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No Christmas without a Christmas tree. At least, so I always thought. My mother though wasn't too convinced of that and each year again, the discussion arose with my mother stating she wouldn't bother to put up a tree this year. A few hours later,the christmas tree was always up.

At our house now, it is the other way around and the yearly discussion is all about whether it is too early to put him up already.

This year will be the first Christmas with our son and the fact her grandson will be around has prompted my own mother to buy the biggest tree there has ever been in their house.

I guess times do change.
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3. Board Game: Brazil [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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The most memorable and strange Christmas was without doubt the one we spent in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

We were on our honeymoon and traveling through Brazil and Argentina before heading down south, to make the journey for Antarctica.
Because you can of course only visit the south pole during southern hemispherical summer, we had to travel during our winter.

The strange and yet fun part is that you have the same cooking shows, the same music, the same fake snow and decorations in Brazil than you have in Europe. The only difference is it is about 30 degrees Celsius and more outside.

You don't know how fake fake snow is, until you have seen fake snow during a Brazilian Christmas.
 
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There's always more room needed for the presents than we need for the tree during Christmas at our house.

From the end of October, people start making lists and looking for the ideal christmas present.

Everyone gives a gift to everyone. Even Emma, our house cat, receives a gift. (she doesn't give one though, that is beneath her royal catness of course.)

It is all about giving and every year, we need to randomly determine who gets to give first, since everyone wants to have a go at the same time.
 
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Blame it on us being Belgians, but Christmas is all about eating too. I am the chef around our house and I am already testing new recipes and techniques for Christmas dinner.

Luckily we have an open kitchen, so I still am part of the celebrations, since I spend the first part of the evening in the kitchen.

Cooking great food is for me perhaps the greatest gift I can give to our guests and this year too, it will have at least 5 courses.
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