6 Quirky Eastern Canadian Holiday Traditions

I’ve been promising to share more about my life in Eastern Canada. 

So here goes.

The holidays last a good full week in Eastern Canada. Christmas eve, Christmas day, and boxing day are all big family days, and most people I know have at least 2-3 family dinners on these. Malls are closed entirely on the 25th and 26th here, and we’re known for actually giving fines to businesses that open their doors on boxing day for sales. I like that a lot.

We carry on celebrating with a little less enthusiasm until New Years Eve, which is another time for big gatherings of friends and family.

As for quirky traditions, here are just a few off the top of my head that I’ve mentioned to my friends in Toronto, only to be met with confused looks. Enjoy :)

1. Watching the World Junior Hockey Tournament. Now I am aware that lots of people watch this, but the holidays in Eastern Canada really revolve around finding a place to watch every game (including exhibition games) with family and friends. And tonnes of food. People that don’t even watch normal hockey are drawn into it. I love it.

Lobster - cooked and ready to go!

2. Lobster dinner. Since we live on the coast, lobster is frequently had for Christmas Eve or New Years Eve dinner. There’s nothing like having a steaming hot lobster dipped in butter sauce as your last meal of the year!

3. Kitchen parties. If you have Eastern Canadian friends, you’ve probably heard this term thrown around.  A kitchen party is kind of a tradition here on the East Coast, and can involve anything from having a few people in to eat, or go as far as having a big group complete with musical instruments and singing. All in your kitchen. Our houses typically have large kitchens, and our parties get pretty loud.

Christmas candy dish. Enough said.

4. Christmas candy dish. This is the type of thing that just sits out on your counter, and is perfect for a day of munching in the kitchen. Usually full to the brim at the beginning of the holidays with chocolate, gummies, and tonnes of nuts – that don’t stand a chance of lasting.

Sponge toffee. Yum.

5. Sponge toffee. Or any kind of toffee really. This is something that shows up every Christmas no matter what. Usually in your stocking.

No house is complete without rustic snowman decorations.

6. Rustic Christmas decorations. I’m not really sure why, but the rustic Christmas style never goes out here in the Maritimes. Also, ornaments and decorations are typically gifts, and rarely match. It’s all part of the charm.

I hope you enjoyed a little look at the holidays in Eastern Canada. If you have any traditions that you’d like to add, feel free to let me know in the comments!

Happy Holidays

Elle

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