Polish au pair Iwona Z. is the winner of the Holiday Raffle!  Iwona is spending her year in Debra Welch’s Boston-suburb cluster.
Iwona shared pictures of the pierniczki cookies that they bake before Christmas.
Another tradition is to make ornaments.  Below are the beautiful ornaments that Iwona made for her host family out of ribbon.
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Shani M. from Israel in Viki Markle’s Manhatten cluster baked this beautiful cake.

Austrian au pair Alexandra K. in Melinda Brooks’ Boston cluster shared the tradition of advent with her family.  The advent wreath along with a little bag for each day of advent for the host children to open.
Maria S. from Poland in Jodi Dominguez’s Tampa, FL cluster. Baking “pierniki’s” with her host child.
French au pair Emmeline R. makes a Buche de Noel together with her host children.
Stefanie H. made Austrian Sachertorte and Wiener Schnitzel with her host family, in Austin, Texas as a Christmas Dinner for Christmas Eve.
German au pair Kimberley O. in Christine Ander’s San Antonio, TX created this beautiful gingerbread house with her host family.
 Ida S. took her host family to a Swedish Christmas “julbord” (buffet) at IKEA where they got to try Swedish food we eat during Christmas and experience the culture of her country. This buffet is a tradition in my country, we do it every Christmas.  Ida is in Isabelle Williams’ Kansas City cluster.