Festive Season Traditions
With the festive season around the corner our festive decorations are up around the hotel and we are ready to spread the holiday cheer.
Our Executive Housekeeper Pamini was in charge of the hotel decorations. Back in August she started to think about what kind of decorations to use this year. Decisions had to be made early including the size and type of tree the colours and theme for the decorations, etc. “This year we really wanted the decorations to match our newly renovated lobby” said Pamini. After careful consideration with her team Pamini decided to go for gold in different shades, “because the glittering gold would be a nice match to the new marble floor and shine in the evening light.”
"Christmas should add color to your life and bring a glow to your face when you see the decorations. That is what we aimed for. We at Kempinski are trying to make Christmas and all the beautiful festivities in this month a celebration for everyone. It should be fun for all ages and cultures," Pamini told us.
Dubai is a multicultural destination and with all the beautiful cultures living in this city we have asked some of our team members about the traditions in their home countries and how they spend the festive holidays.
We caught up with Connie, our front office supervisor from the Philippines and with a glow in her eyes she shared with us about how she and her family celebrate Christmas. On the 24th of December, the whole family will come together and have a traditional Christmas Eve dinner called Noche Buena. This usually takes place shortly before midnight. Turkey is served as a tradition but the appetizers, side dishes and desserts vary every year. On the 25th of December, they meet all their relatives and enjoy a family day together. But this day is not only limited to family, also neighbors and friends are often invited to join the celebrations. In the Philippines song and dance are also big part of every celebrations so the festive season is definitely full of joy.
Reine, our Sales Manager from Jordan is going back home this year to spend Christmas with her family. They celebrate Christmas Eve every year at her grandmother’s place. All her five aunties and uncles with their spouses and children are coming together. Her grandmother starts preparing their traditional turkey feast one week prior to Christmas Eve and chestnuts accompany the turkey every year. The rest of the recipe is a secret of Reine’s grandmother that she never shares with anyone. Dinner is usually served between 7pm and 8pm. Santa used to pay a visit while Reine’s cousins were still younger and brought his jolly laughter to the house. On Christmas Day the family goes to morning mass and later on visits the paternal uncle’s family and they have lunch all together.
Elena, our Management Trainee from Spain celebrates Christmas Eve with her parents and siblings. Their traditional feast is made of seafood, mussels and fish and the dessert is traditional turron. The whole family units during Christmas and cooks together. But before they start to prepare the food, they put themselves into a festive mood when they meet with their uncle, auntie and cousins from Madrid and watch a seasonal movie in the theater and enjoy a glass of bubbly together. Christmas Day is spent on the sofa and is dedicated to watching movies. On this day, Elena's family serves seafood, fish, mussels and bacalao (codfish), which is a typical dish from the north of Spain.
In Jenny's family, who is from Germany, they do not have a traditional Christmas meal but they do decorate the Christmas tree together. She first decorates it with her mother and then goes to her dad and puts the tree up with his family. They do not have a typical dish, however potato salad and Bockwurst, a typical German sausage, have been on the festive dinner table a lot. On either the 25th or the 26th of December, her father and other relatives pay a visit to her step grandmother who always makes coney with red cabbage and potato dumplings.
So lots of festive cheer at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates this season. We hope you will have lots of fun with your loved ones and that Santa will pay a visit to your house as well.