Cody Foster's Christmas in Nebraska
Nebraska's answer to Father Christmas, the inimitable Cody Foster, talks to us about festive traditions on his side of the pond.
Each year we have a Christmas party at work. Everyone brings their favorite potluck dish and we have a fun night of games and family dishes. This year, we are still planning on gathering together.
Usually, on Christmas Eve I meet with my immediate family and have dinner and exchange gifts. On Christmas Day, my Grandma makes dinner and we have a lunch and dinner together and celebrate.
On Christmas Eve, we have a non-traditional meal of steak and lobster. Then on Christmas Day we have American classics like turkey and dressing, Watergate salad, green bean casserole and cranberry salad.
I decorate my tree with 400-500 ornaments. Most are actually vintage or antiques that I’ve collect over the years. Some of my favorites from Cody Foster & Co that I use are the Jollity Snail, Vintage crock pot, Butter, and our Vintage whales.
I decorate several areas around the house with some of my vintage finds and Cody Foster & Co favorites. I line up 50 to 60 kitschy, vintage rainbow colored deer to create a display. I also use outdoor lights and have a highly decorated Christmas tree.
As a child, Santa always came during the night before Christmas. We would leave out milk and cookies for Santa. We would be so excited Christmas morning to see what presents Santa had left.
As a family, we have always waited until the day after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas.
All of our Christmas celebrations are done inside. Christmas in Nebraska is snowy, cold and windy. Temperatures are between 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit, so we stay snug inside to celebrate Christmas. Although any gathering this year will include a mask!