This week’s Saturday Sidebar Question comes from World Moms Blog writer Purnima.  She asked our writers,

How do you intend to spend your year end holidays?”

Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…

World Mom, Jennifer Prestholdt and her family celebrating their holidays

World Mom, Jennifer Prestholdt and her family celebrating their holidays

Hamakkomommy of Japan writes:
“Christmas in Japan can be kind of sad if it falls on a weekday. This year, I am planning to spend the day with a fellow gaijin friend and her family. New Years is the main holiday here. The days leading up to it will be spent cleaning (apparently the lucky new year god doesn’t come to dirty houses.) On Jan 1st, we’ll head over to the in-laws house around 8 AM for a traditional meal, the traditional sake, followed by the traditional sake-induced speech my father-in-law gives every year. After that, we usually head to a local park for kite flying (which is done on New Years for some reason.) Kids get money from relatives, so we’ll probably end the day at the toy store with temper tantrums and hangovers.”

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“We spend the holidays from 26th Dec to the middle of January at my in-laws place (a very small and old beach house) at Mahia Beach at the upper end of Hawke’s Bay. There’s a great mix of beaches (shell, sand, surfing, rock-pooled) on the peninsular and the older kids pretty much roam free. Bliss.”

Maman Aya of New York, USA writes:
“Our Decembers are always interesting in our house. We celebrate Hanukkah with my mother, making lakes (traditional fried potato pancakes), souvganiot (traditional donuts filled with jam) and other yummy fried foods. This year we will have an extra bonus of being in Los Angeles with my sister, father and grandparents (and all respective families) to celebrate as well. Then for Christmas, we load up the car and drive up to my mother-in-law’s to celebrate the holiday with all of my in-laws in Boston. As for the actual New Year, I have no idea, but we will probably spend it either at our home or a freind’s home, just relaxing and enjoying the moment and our family.”

Martine of Philippines writes:
“We are spending the 29th and 30th in my grandmother’s provincial home, located near the lake in Laguna De Bay. There are miles of rice paddies and farm land on the way there, so we will be having lots of fresh air and it’s cool this time of the year. On the 31st, we’re heading up to the hills to spend New Year’s in Tagaytay. It’s the hilly countryside in our part of the region, where it feels like Christmas year round because of the constantly cool weather. Looking forward to it!”

Purnima @ The Alchemist’s Blog of India writes:
“We would most probably be at home here in Chennai itself. Our community here in this locality is very interesting. My son has a lot of friends his age around here. I am sure he would have a lot of fun with our friends and neighbors, schools being closed too. As for me, I would welcome the respite from every day routine. My husband would be working though. Maybe on New Year he would be having a holiday. Well, that is how it is, in his profession and we have learnt to have fun with him not having much holidays.”

Tina @ Truly Rich Mom of Philippines writes:
“We will most probably spend our holidays with close family, hopefully have a weekend at a nearby travel spot with them. If that doesn’t push through, we’ll just stay home and focus on building great family memories. We’ll practice simple but sweet and meaningful traditions that are in line with our faith and values. :)”

Some of the World Moms’ fans and readers also answered this question.

Regina Miguel Fernandez says that she would be mentoring young moms this holiday season.

Kerri Lynn Kane says, “we have made the choice to start our kids off on the true meaning of the season by limiting presents from Santa to 3. Jesus received 3 gifts so we feel it is fitting to make this a new tradition. I never want my children to forget that this is a season to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

What about you… How do you intend to spend your year end holidays?  

And do you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers?  If so, email us at to see what they have to say.

Don’t forget to visit us tomorrow to check out the travel itinerary for next week!

– World Moms Blog

This week’s Saturday Sidebar has been compiled and edited by our World Mom, Purnima.

Photo credit to World Mom, Jennifer Prestholdt, our Human Rights Warrior.

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