The holiday season is the time of the year to bring back family traditions. Whether it is baking your grandma’s cookies together or sharing the holiday cheer with some movies, families are determined to keep these traditions alive. Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock is no different. The Bird Box actress has a set of traditions that she loves to follow, some of which may sound a bit bizarre to many of us.
One such family holiday tradition is smuggling sausages from Germany. You may be satisfied with your father’s homemade ham but Bullock cannot think of a holiday without those authentic sausages. For Bullock, these sausages are not merely part of their family meal but they bring back memories of her late mother, Helga. Her mother, a German opera singer started the traditions years ago. Since then, Sandra has made it a point to get the sausages across the border one way or another. As the time of the years rolls around, she makes emergency calls to her family members overseas to help her get the sausages.
“Since my mother passed, we break the law, because we have to manage to smuggle German sausages into the country, and apparently bringing meats across the waters is against the law. You fry ’em up with some sauerkraut and potato salad, but they have to be the right ones,” said the 55-year-old actress. Appearing on the Tonight Show, the actress spilled how her determined family made it a point to get it. However, she did not disclose how they made it possible. “We just have to break the law a little bit, but eventually someone’s package gets through. I’m not at liberty to divulge how we smuggle the sausage,” said the actress.
Apart from the mandatory German sausages, Bullock also follows a ritual that brings out the strict and caring parent she is. Being the mother of Laila and Louis, Bullock wants to instill certain lessons in their life. Believing that the holiday season is sometimes overdone, the mother of three sticks to a maximum of three gifts. “really, really overdone because I overdo it, and then I panic that I didn’t do enough, and then I get more, and then everyone else has overdone it,” she said.
She further continued, “This year we just stopped. We just stopped. Because there’s so much happening in the world where people don’t have anything. And we said, ‘Why don’t we just make this about other people?’ And they were amazing about it. So Christmas is three small gifts.” She argued that it was a way to teach kids the importance of giving. All these family traditions make her holidays special.