One of the blogs I read often and thoroughly enjoy is by a woman who lives in Cape Town - she blogs about her life and dealing with 3 children - A typical "Mom's" blog. She is very entertaining though so please have a look at her blog: http://reluctantmom.wordpress.com/
Anyway - in her recent posts - she has told us about how she spends Christmas - instead of the traditional Christmas lunch - they have what is called Kommin Krismis (or Common Christmas for those who are not familiar with the South African Dialect).
She describes this as being a get together of family and friends on Christmas day - but with a twist. Kommin Krismas consists of a bring your own braai. They use paper plates, plasticwear, paper cups, wine in a box etc (not a turkey in sight). They all dress up as commoners - complete with tramp stamps, curlers in hair, men in sweaty, sleevless vests etc. Gifts are cheap and chearful and they have made a pact to use their gifts for at least 3 months before throwing them away.
I am posting 2 links below - the first link is her telling us about what they are going to do and describing Kommin Krismis. The second link is her telling us about the day - with pics.
This is not something my family would appreciate, but I thought it a novel idea...