Christmas Traditions

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Explore the christmas traditions around the world. Santa Claus and other symbols of christmas and customs of people for this holiday. Here you will learn more about the traditions behind christmas. Christmas traditions vary from place to place. Below you will find some interesting details of how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. People celebrate the Holidays in different ways according to their culture. However, some customs are practiced worldwide, such as decorating a tree and exchanging Christmas gifts.


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The traditional meal for Western European families is turkey or ham with cranberry sauce. Some Americans use pop-corn threaded on string to decorate their Christmas tree. Some shops in the US are called ‘Christmas Shops’ and they only sell Christmas ornaments and toys all year round. People in America like to decorate the outside of their houses with lights and sometimes even statues of Father Christmas, snowmen and reindeer.

People gather around Christmas trees found in public places and sing Christmas carols. Ice-skating is another popular American Christmas tradition.

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After a church service at midnight on Christmas Eve, people walk down the streets carrying torches, playing guitars and beating on tambourines and drums. People in Spain celebrate Epiphany as well, that is, the day when the Wise Men brought gifts to baby Jesus on January 6. Children receive some presents on Christmas Day, but most are opened on January 6 and children believe that the Wise Men are the ones who bring them. On Epiphany Eve (January 5th) they leave shoes on windowsills or balconies or under the Christmas tree to be filled with presents. Kids often leave cognac and walnuts for the Wise Men and a bucket of water for their camels.


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Christmas celebrations in Mexico start on December 16, when the first “posada” is held. “Posadas” are celebrated for nine nights at different houses, where family and friends are invited to pray. The hosts then offer guests a light meal. The ninth posada is celebrated on Christmas Eve with fireworks and a christmas pinatas.


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The ‘Adventskranz’ -a wreath of leaves with four candles-is a traditional German Christmas ornament. (Advent – meaning ‘coming’ – is the 4 week period before Christmas). On each Sunday of Advent, another candle is lit. Although gingerbread has been a holiday tradition for thousands of years and it was originally eaten during Winter Solstice Festivals, the tradition of the house made of gingerbread originated in Germany.

It is believed that in the early 1800′s, Germans began shaping their Gingerbread into festive holiday creations. Gingerbread houses soon became very popular, and remain so today. The Gingerbread house has now become a favorite Christmas tradition all over the world.

Family and friends gather on Christmas to celebrate the birth of Christ child. All around the world the joy and the warmth of friendship is felt during the holiday season, when people give presents to each other as a token of their affection and express their happiness singing Christmas carols, playing games and watching fireworks.