Lucia is a beautiful soul who I began following on Insta just after her gorgeous son Luca was born. Lucia and I have bonded over our love of food and her kind kind soul. I am so blessed that she has taken the time from her crazy schedule with Babes and Picnics to answer some questions on her Christmas time traditions and family time.
What does Christmas Day look like in your house?
My family is from Slovakia and my husband is from Brazil so both of our cultures have Christmas on the evening of the 24th! We normally go to my parents house and invite and orphaned friends that may not have any family around. We have a very small family so we love bringing more people together! We have never had a proper Christmas Day xmas! Although now that we have Luca we would love to do both! Christmas Day is normally spend recovering, relaxing, eating leftovers, swimming and hanging out with the fam 🙂
What is your ideal Christmas?
I love when there is lots of delicious food, Christmas tunes, family and friends together, games and lots of laughter! Doesn’t matter where as long as it’s a good time! Although….I would LOVE to have a white Christmas…just like in the movies! That is definitely on my bucket list!
Do you have traditions with family? or are you looking to create new ones?
Yes we do! If we are in Australia with my family we normally head out as a family in the late afternoon of the 24th and then when we get back home SANTA has been and all the presents are under the tree etc. Obviously as we are all adults now we don’t do that, we just do secret santa, but as Luca and our future children grow up we will start again.
A Slovakian tradition my dad has before dinner is to make a toast, cuts an apple in half and if the apple has a perfect star it means good health for the following year and we all have to eat a piece of the apple, he also throws whole walnuts into each corner of the dinning room, each 4 corners have a different purpose and you keep the nuts there the whole year. We put lentils in a bowl under the Christmas tree for prosperity and abundance (aka money haha). We would normally drink champagne and a Slovakian spirit too.
We also have traditional foods that my parents cook each Christmas (with modifications for those fussy eaters/tolerant ones aka my sister and I haha). It normally starts with a Slovakian wafer with honey and garlic, then yummy cabbage soup, then it’s delicious potato salad and chicken/pork schnitzels. Those are the traditional foods and of course my sister and I over the years have added our own touch with platters and dessert.
In the past 5 years or more we have started Secret Santa because we are all adults. We have our “good” secret santa which is the main person we buy for and then we also have a “bad” secret santa (shitty present) which has no dollar value, can be free, no limits but I guess should get a laugh from us all haha
I am sure Thiago and I will develop our own traditions with Luca and our future children, but at this stage we will enjoy the traditions which our parents have carried through the generations.
What is a Christmas tradition you would like to pass on to your children?
I would love to do St. Nicholas which is when you polish/clean your best shoes (traditionally black boots) and put them on the window sill and St Nick leaves something inside them! Then obviously keeping Christmas on the evening of the 24th but also do something on the 25th. Luca is only 18months so perhaps next year we can start something!
Are you a caroller? (do you enjoy heading to the parks etc?)
I LOVE it! But to be honest to drag Thiago to one of those would be wayyyyy more painful than it’s worth….so no, we haven’t been as a family before. On the bucket list haha
What’s more exciting…..giving the presents or buying the presents?
Definitely both! Although sometimes buying can be a bit tricky depending on who my secret santa is. Who doesn’t love to buy gifts, wrap them all pretty and then gift them!? Definitely becoming harder these days, but I love the thought of it all and then putting it all together 🙂
Are you a blow the budget kinda girl or keeping it within reason?
Mmmmm definitely keeping it within reason. I could easily blow the budget but it’s not what Christmas is about for us.
Are you a leave it to the last minute or prepare throughout the year, for present shopping?
Most definitely leave it to the last minute! Always, with everything in my life haha
Top 2 prezzies you bought Luca this Christmas?
We only bought him 2 things! And my family asked for a wish list so that he isn’t getting unnecessary items.
#1 is the ” 2 in 1 Balance Bike in Grey” from Hip Kids! We actually bought this back in September and have been eyeing it off since Luca was born! He is will go nuts for this present alone.
#2 a matching raw dark cherry + turquoise anklet to match his necklace from Tribal Dreaming.
(I am also going to make some DIY paints and Playdough)
How has Christmas changed for you over the last 10 years?
Mmmm hasn’t changed too much! It very similar every year (unless we are in Brazil) but I can’t wait for Luca to get a little older as we have only had all adult Christmas’s since my sister and I were kiddies!