When it comes to Christmas, every family has certain traditions that they stick to in order to make the festive season special for their loved ones. Whether it’s leaving milk and cookies out for Santa or a roast turkey on Christmas day, there are certain special moments we look forward to every year. For many of us in South Africa, the festive season and chocolate go hand in hand, but how about the rest of the world?
Here’s a look at a few different countries and how they rely on chocolate for significant celebrations around the festive season.
Noche Buena Meal – Philippines
Chocolate is a massive part of Filipino Christmas celebrations, where an indulgent chocolate drink is often part of Noche Buena, the big family meal that takes place after midnight on Christmas Eve. Tsokolate – as it’s called there – is made from cocoa and peanut discs that are dissolved in hot milk and whisked for extra frothiness.
St Nicholas – Austria
In Austria, the beginning of the Christmas celebrations is marked by the feast of St Nicholas. Also called St Nick, this character is known for helping the needy by leaving behind anonymous gifts. Many nations celebrate this day on the 6th of December each year, with a traditional meal of fish, followed by chocolate desserts that range from the famous sachertorte to chocolate cream and chocolate-filled pastry confections.
Advent Calendars – Germany
Now a popular tradition around the world, advent calendars were originally introduced into Christmas celebrations by the Germans. Loved by adults and children alike, advent calendars are a fun (and tasty) way for people to build up excitement for Christmas. This tradition of counting down the days to Christmas day by eating a mouthful of chocolate is an idea many of us support!
Yule Logs – Scandinavia
The custom of burning the yule log goes back to, and before, medieval times. It was originally a Nordic tradition, where families would light the largest end of the log and place it into the fire hearth while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room. The log would be lit from the remains of the previous year’s log, which had been carefully stored away and slowly fed into the fire through the Twelve Days of Christmas. Nowadays, this celebration is accompanied with a chocolatey cake which represents the shape of this log.
While different cultures and religions celebrate Christmas in different ways, there’s a common thread in most of these celebrations, and that is the inclusion and love of chocolate.
As a brand build around the indulgence and love of chocolate, My Chocolate Box echoes this sentiment in the curation of chocolate boxes that are delivered for special occasions. Whether it be to celebrate a special moment in life, indulge because you can or to make someone else feel special, chocolate is a gift that can be enjoyed all-year-around.