25 December 2009 XXXII
Khamsin Molossia News

Christmas is one of the most important holidays in the Republic of Molossia, and even more so this year. The advent of the new First Lady and her family has not only swelled our tiny nation's population, it has also added to the overall festive climate of Christmas. Christmas in Molossia is traditionally a three-day celebration. The holiday actually begins on December 24th with Christmas Eve activities, including watching movies, baking (and eating) cookies, drinking eggnog and playing board games as a family. Christmas Eve dinner is usually a fairly traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the trimmings. The evening ends with the reading of the "Night Before Christmas", and with tracking the arrival of Santa Claus using NORAD's website. Christmas morning, December 25th, usually begins early, as the family descends upon the hoard of presents beneath the National Christmas Tree. Once the frenzy of present-opening ends, Christmas breakfast is made and served, and afterward everyone settles down to enjoy their gifts. Christmas dinner takes place in later afternoon, largely wrapping up a lazy, relaxing day. Christmas dinner is usually lasagna; this year the two meals were reversed for logistical reasons, with lasagna on Christmas Eve and traditional Christmas fare on Christmas Day. Boxing Day is on December 26th, and is the last day of the Christmas holidays. While no special events take place, dinner on Boxing Day is traditionally Shepherd's Pie, in keeping with the British theme of the day. This wraps up the Christmas events for the year, with everyone eagerly looking forward to the distant arrival of next year's Christmas.

The National Christmas Tree, Decorated and Awash in Presents.

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