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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Advent calender blog hop---

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
                                                                                      ―Charles Dickens
 Hello dear friends and welcome to the 15th day of jo's advent calender blog hop..
here is my "happy santa" for you all..

i made him with my some left over scrap...
he is a happy Scrappy sweetie..
making me smile :)
The theme question of this year is "stockings,sack or something else"?
i wanted to share the "south african"christmas with you...
----  South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas comes in the summer. So there's lots of sun and beautiful flowers in full bloom.
The schools are closed for the Christmas holidays and some people like to go camping. Going carol singing on Christmas Eve, is very popular in towns and cities. Carols by Candlelight services are also popular on Christmas Eve. And many people go to a Christmas morning Church Service.
The Christmas meal is either turkey (or duck), roast beef, mince pies, yellow rice & raisins and vegetables, followed by Christmas Pudding or a traditional south african desert called malva pudding(sometimkes also called LEKKER pudding).People also like to pull Christmas Crackers! The meal is often eaten outside in the summer sun! If it's really hot they might even have a barbecue or 'braai'.
In Afrikaans (one the languages spoken in South Africa) Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Geseënde Kersfees'...
Santa Claus is also known as Sinterklaas & Kersvader....
so dear friends, Geseënde Kersfeesto all and dont forget to be good for the rest of the year!
love cucki
                                           My MS winter exchange 2012 swap stitching


Gabi said...

Gezegend Kerstfeest :)
It's funny that although Afrikaans is very close to Dutch, and I have there for no problems reading it, I can't understand a word of it, when listening to it. It's a lovely accent though.
Beautiful Santa. Same goes for your pillow.
Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas

Vickie said...

Thank you Cucki! I love learning more about my stitchy friends. Both of your pieces are great! Have a good weekend.

gracie said...

Merry Christmas to you and love the Scrappy Santa

Inthesky said...

Merry Christmas, your Scrappy Santa is lovely. xxx

Margaret said...

Love your Santa! Loved hearing about South African Christmases too!

Manka said...

Your Santa is so cute...


Rhona said...

Lovely to hear about your Christmas traditions. Christmas crackers are always on the table in Scotland and when we moved to the US I couldn't find them anywhere and my kids didn't think the Christmas meal was complete without having any crackers to pull! Thankfully crackers are becoming more popular here!
Love your santa and your little pillow is adorable!

My Colonial Home said...

Hi Cucki,
Your description of Christmas celebrations in South Africa are wonderful...some very similar to ours but we have cold and snow - thanks for sharing.
I love that we have blog friends from all over the world to share and experience through them their traditions.

Adorable Santa!!!


bettyj said...

Thanks for sharing with us, and Cucki thanks for visiting and your wonderful comments. I love hearts and santa's , ours is beautiful!

Christine said...

Wonderful Santa and thanks for sharing a South African Christmas!
Best wishes

butterfly said...

Love your Santa , He came to our house last night will show a photo soon , Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I love learning what other countries do to celebrate. What an adorable exchange piece.


Friendship Crossing said...

Your scrappy Santa ornie is adorable!! Love finding out more about South African traditions. Thanks for sharing!


Maggie said...

Your scrappy Santa is really sweet :-)
It seems Turkey is the traditional dish in a lot of countries,of course here in the UK it's winter, so we will be eating ours around an roaring fire :-)

Have a great week. x

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part and sharing your traditions with us.
Your scrappy Santa is so cute too.

Unknown said...

Such a sweet Santa. Thank you for sharing your Christmas traditions.

Annette said...

What a cute Santa how great.
Thank you for sharing, love learning about it!!
Santa Clause in Dutch in Kerstman.
Sinterklaas here is some-one else... he gots his own fest.
Do you understand Dutch?

Anne said...

Cute little Santa! He is scrappy and happy!! Thanks for sharing your South African Christmas traditions. So neat to think that people barbeque during Christmas time!!

Nicola said...

Cucki I really enjoyed reading about your Christmas traditions please share more of your traditions

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Christine said...

Thank you for sharing your South African Christmas traditions. The scrappy Santa is adorable

beagleAnnie said...

Hi cucki,
Thank you for sharing the interesting story about the South African Christmas.

Jennifer M. said...

Love your Santa and stitching exchange. Thank you for sharing those tidbits of how South Africa celebrates Christmas. It sounds very lovely and beautiful there.

Enjoy your day. :)


Steph said...

A very sweet santa Cucki. And thank you for sharing your Christmas ^_^ A sunny Christmas with flowers sounds so beautiful.
christmas hugs for you

Deb said...

Oh my goodness!! What cute finishes! Love santa and your birds are adorable!

Linda said...

What a cute Santa. Thanks for sharing your Christmas traditions. I think, for me, it would be hard to celebrate Christmas when its hot. Even though I don't like winter anymore, I still enjoy the winter holidays.


Claire said...

Great finishes.

Stitching Noni said...

Love your scrappy Santa & the pillow that you did for the exchange. :)
Here in Oz we have a traditional roast turkey & ham on Christmas Day with all the trimmings - all in 40deg heat!! We must be mad!!! Thank you for sharing your Christmas traditions - it's great to hear how people celebrate the day.
Have a wonderful Christmas & new year
Hugs xx

rosey175 said...

Your scrappy santa is so cute! Having had Christmas in winter all my life, it is really hard to imagine a warm Christmas with camping! It sounds much nicer than the grey and gloomy Christmases we've been having. If only it would snow!!

Valma said...

what a cute finish you made on your Santa =)
it's so great to learn about your traditions !!
it's so difficult to imagine Xmas in Summer... (even if it was in summer here , we surely won't be able to have dinner out under the sun hahahaha =D)
enjoy this last week to Xmas
big big hugs

Solstitches said...

What a cute Santa and a very pretty Christmas ornament too.
I enjoyed hearing about the Christmas festivities in South Africa.

Margaret x

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Dear Cucki
it's so nice to know the traditions of other countries
makes us feel closer
in Italy we say
Buon Natale (Merry Christmas)
and Babbo Natale (Santa Claus)
Great finishes

♥ Nia said...

ohhh! I wrote that same quote on my christmas cards! hehehe You'll set it soon ;) Probably my card won't get there before Santa but it's going! :D
hugs to you Cucki!!

Meari said...

You make the cutest things! Love the Santa :)

Topcho said...

Thank you so much for sharing all your beautiful Christmas stitching and your tradition as well! Happy holidays!

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

lovely ornaments

Rita said...

Your santa is so cute!
I loved to hear about your traditions..its very funny to know traditions so different from ours. Christmas in's very strange:) But it sounds great!:)