When I went to Switzerland it was Spring, and although Christmas was over, there were some lingering remnants and I could feel how enchanting it all must have looked. Switzerland has a special place in my heart and I often wonder what it would be like to spend Christmas in the Swiss Alps.
Since I happen to know some wonderful Swiss people I asked them what are their special traditions, and what I gathered is that they are very humble and traditional. It shouldn’t have surprised me, even when I was there I noticed that it is not about doing the biggest thing, spending copious amounts of money, but more about family and being together and beautiful things made with a lot of love. I think it’s this warmth that makes it all the more beautiful.
In the Alps, Christmas is still a very tight family affair, kids still wear woollen socks knitted by their elders, and families hike through the woods to find and chop their own perfect Christmas tree. This is a special holiday season tradition. Another thing they do is have lots of fondue.
Decorations also tend to be simple yet charming, and they decorate according to the Advent Calendar counting down the days to Christmas.
For decorations classical motifs such as stars and crowns dominate, reminiscent of Kings and their journey to Bethlehem. They also have wonderful hand painted decorations which are a treasure to have.
At first glance Swiss and German cookies are not as attractive as the bigger Amercian versions ( packed with 3000 calories no less). I don’t know when the cookies turned giant sized but, despite the way they look, the big ones don’t stand a chance to the traditional Läckerli – a hard, spiced biscuit made from hazelnuts and honey. Its much easier on the conscience too.
But I think the real attraction is all natural. This is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited and the pristine natural beauty overwhelmed me. The snow capped vistas of the Alps is truly a magical sight.
When I think of White Christmas, Switzerland is one dream destination.
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Chan is a writer, blogger and yogi with a passion for history and romance. She is a management professional living in the beautiful paradise island of Sri Lanka with her husband and two furry soft toys she refuses to part with, much to his chagrin. An avid reader and health food junkie, she also loves to keep up-to-date with fashion trends, travel and binge on everything chocolate at the slightest excuse.