Every holiday season we ask a few friends to join us here at The Kitchn for a series of guest posts. The topics range from favorite holiday recipes to family memories and traditions. Today's guest: Ilke of the lovely blog Ilke's Kitchen, writing about her family's New Year's Eve traditions of bingo, red underwear (indeed! read on and it will all become clear!) and a scrumptious rice pilaf. Welcome, Ilke!
Growing up in a Muslim family in Turkey, celebrating Christmas was not a regular thing for our December routine. There was no Santa to sit on his lap and tell our wishes, no cookie baking craziness all month long, no nonstop Christmas music on the radio. I don't think Santa tradition and trying to make kids behave with the Santa threat would be a long-lived one in Turkey anyway.