Christmas Around The World

Germany

In Germany Christmas is on the 25th like it is in the U.S but they mostly celebrate on Christmas Eve, the 24th. They are usually putting up Christmas Trees, attending church services, or eating traditional foods.

A big part of the Christmas celebrations in Germany is Advent. Several different types of Advent calendars are used in German homes. As well as the traditional one made of card that are used in many countries, there are ones made out of a wreath of Fir tree branches with 24 decorated boxes or bags hanging from it. Each box or bag has a little present in it. Another type is called a 'Advent Kranz' and is a ring of fir branches that has four candles on it. This is like the Advent candles that are sometimes used in Churches. One candle is lit at the beginning of each week in Advent. I got this paragraph from: http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/germany.shtml

Great Britain

Christmas Crackers

Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the UK. They were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. He had seen the French 'bon bon' sweets (almonds wrapped in pretty paper). He came back to London and tried selling sweets like that in England and also included a small motto or riddle in with the sweet. But they didn't sell very well. I got this from http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/crackers.shtml

Mistletoe

The custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from England. The original custom was that a berry was picked from the sprig of Mistletoe before the person could be kissed and when all the berries had gone, there could be no more kissing!

France

The First Noel

In its current form, it is of Cornish origin, and it was first published in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) and Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833), both of which were edited by William Sandys and arranged, edited and with extra lyrics written by Davies Gilbert for Hymns and Carols of God. I got this from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Noel

O'come O'come Immanuel

While "O come, O come, Emmanuel" is often linked with the 12th century, the earliest surviving evidence of the hymn's text is in the seventh edition of Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, which was published in Cologne in 1710. I got this from: O come, O come, Emmanuel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spain

King's Cake

A king cake is a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season; in other places, it is associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras/Carnival.

Paella

A little history of Spanish Paella. It originates from a region of Spain called Valencia, which is in Eastern Spain. These days paella can be found in most Western countries, from the Americas to Europe, and it is especially popular in Spain.
Italy

La Befana

Like the photo said La Befana delivers gifts on Epiphany Eve which is on January 6th.

Nativity Scene

One of the most important ways of celebrating Christmas in Italy is the Nativity crib scene. Using a crib to help tell the Christmas story was made very popular by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 (Assisi is in mid-Italy). The previous year he had visited Bethlehem and saw where the stable, where it was thought that Jesus was born. A lot of Italian families have a Nativity crib in their homes. I got this from

Netherlands

Black Peter

Black Peter goes out and find out who has been good and who has been bad. If you have been good you get presents. If you have been bad he writes a letter/poem about why they didn't get presents.

SinterKlaas

Sinterklaas or Sint-Nicolaas is a historical figure with legendary, and folkloric origins based on Saint Nicholas. Other names for the figure include De Sint, De Goede Sint, and De Goedheiligman in Dutch; Saint-Nicolas in French; Sinteklaas in Frisian; and Kleeschen and Zinniklos in Luxembourgish.

Denmark Norway Sweden

Sweden

In Sweden on new years day, someone would hide an almond. Who ever found the almond would get married that year.

Denmark

In Denmark young, unmarried women are supposed to walk backwards to bed so they would have good dreams about who they would marry.

Poland

Poland

Christmas Eve is known as Wigilia (pronounced vee-GHEE-lee-uh). The house is also cleaned and everyone gets washed and puts on their festive clothes. The main Christmas meal is eaten in the evening and is called "Kolacja wigilijna" (Christmas Eve supper). It's traditional that no food is eaten until the first star is seen in the sky! So children look at the night sky to spot the first star!

There are very many carols sung in Poland and each region has own carols. The most popular ones are "Wśród nocnej ciszy" (Within nights silence), "Bóg się rodzi" (God is born), "Lulajże Jezuniu" (Sleep baby Jesus) and "Dzisiaj w Betlejem" (Today in Bethlehem). The oldest carols are from medieval times, but the most popular ones are from the baroque period.

Ukaine

In Ukraine they don't put ornaments on the tree, instead they decorate the tree with spiderwebs.

Russia

In Russia a lady they call Babushka delivers gifts. She is a lot like La Befana from Italy, Babushka also come on Epiphany Eve

Mexico

Poinsettia

The poinsettia is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. The species is indigenous to Mexico. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825.

United States

Santa and His Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Visitant, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blintze......

.....are Santa's fling reindeer!!!!!!!

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