Happy Holidays 2021
from the sync. team
We wanted to take a moment to wish you all happy holidays, from the sync. family to yours.
Christmas is finally here!
🎶 “It’s the most wonderful time of the year….” 🎶
Our team in London had a wonderful Christmas party two weeks ago – just before the government reintroduced working from home.
As Louisa May Alcott once wrote, “Christmas won’t be Christmas if you get Covid.” (She was very ahead of her time.) Therefore, in order to enjoy the evening together, every member of our team got a lateral flow test. #partyresponsiblykids
Here are some pictures to commemorate the evening:
Can you guess what the theme was? 😉
🎶 “It’s the hap- happiest season of all….” 🎶
Our team in Spain, on the other hand, had their holiday festivities just last week!
They organized a lovely dinner, which was followed by some drinking and some dancing and lots of laughing. They all complied with the Spanish government regulations.
🎶 “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….” 🎶
As our teams in both London and Spain are very multicultural, we decided to ask them a little bit about Christmas traditions in their part of the world. Here’s what we found out:
- Yanina (Argentinian) – “In Argentina, the evening of the 24th is more important than the 25th… We have dinner at about 9 PM and we toast at 12 AM, and we dance until 3 or 4 AM. Many people then light fireworks (although nowadays people are more conscious about this). “Santa” comes after the toast (not on the morning of the 25th). For us the 25th is a “pool” day, because it’s summer… Many of us eat the leftovers from the day before.”
- Ale, who is also Argentinian, wanted to add: “Even if we are in summer, we eat the same caloric “winter” food on Christmas Eve as in Europe (ex. panettone, turrones and all the sweet things). Regardless of age, you end up doing something until the late night hours on Christmas Eve. Children play with their new toys, young people party (there are plenty of parties), and everyone else stays after dinner just talking and dancing at home. That’s also the reason why the 25th is not really a big deal, because people are usually pretty tired from the night before.”
- Libor (Czech) – “There are definitely many Christmas traditions in Czechia, however, I am not sure if I know all of them, also some of them might be a European thing in general. Anyway, when it comes to food, the traditional Christmas food is potato salad with a fish, a fried carp to be more specific. Czech people are well known for not being so religious, therefore Christmas is more about family time than religion. We do not use ‘Santa Claus’, we say ‘Little/Baby Jesus’. We open presents on the 24th, during the Christmas dinner in the evening. We usually watch Czech fairy tales in TV during Christmas days.”
- Ashley (Filipino) – “Christmas season in the Philippines starts in September or during what we called the “-ber” months. Christmas means celebrations, family, and decorating our homes with Christmas lights & decors. You will find a lot of children in small groups going from house to house singing Christmas carols to spread the spirit of Christmas. We also have “Simbang Gabi” or 9 dawn masses for Catholics that start on the 16th of December until the 24th, which is the last day which is called “Misa de Gallo”. It’s a common belief that your Christmas wishes will be granted if you complete all 9 dawn masses. On the 24th at 12 AM or so, which we call “Noche Buena”, we gather and enjoy a variety of traditional foods (Shanghai roll, Ham, pasta, puto, cheese, etc.) and of course the “monito-monita” activity, which is also known as Secret Santa.”
- Lia (Italian) – “Christmas in Italy means family. And food. Lots and lots and lots of food. So much food you can barely walk after. Typically we will spend the 24th with friends, laughing and playing games and… (you guessed it)… eating. The 25th is the big day for us. We open presents in the morning, have breakfast as a family, get all dressed up (usually a special outfit is bought especially for Christmas Day) and then you go to your grandparents’ house where even more gifts are opened and more food is eaten. Lunch lasts anywhere from 1 PM to 6 PM. Dinner is usually just leftovers and then you watch a nice Christmas movie all together. One “weird” thing we do is that we’ll have lasagna as one of our main courses. What can I say? We’re Italian!”
- Iacopo, who is also Italian, wanted to add: “As typical foods, I would also put lentils and “cotechino” (which is like a big pork sausage) and the typical desserts such as Panettone and Pandoro. In Italy we have a saying: “Natale con i tuoi, pasqua con chi vuoi!” which means that you have to spend Christmas with your family but you can spend Easter with whoever you like!”
🎶 “All I want for Christmas is you….” 🎶
We know that this hasn’t been the easiest year and we know that the situation can seem really scary right now. We hope you’re all staying safe and doing the things you love.
Wherever you’re celebrating in the world, …
Whether you’re home or travelling, with friends or with your family, …
We wish you happy holidays,
From the sync. family!
Let’s make a difference.
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