Christmas Around The World. by Eli Marksberry

Germany-Martin luther was the first person to bring a evergreen tree indoors . soon after CHRISTMAS TREES BECAME POPULAR CHRISTMAS TRADITION .

Evergreen trees have leaves all year around. Evergreens are known for being able to make it through cold weather, as well as dry seasons. Evergreens can grow from small seedlings all the way to trees over 100 feet tall.

GREAT BRITAIN - in great Britain children write letters to father christmas after writing the letter the throw it in the fire if the letter goes up the chimney they've been good if it doesn't they've been bad and have to do it again.

Father christmas is britain's gift giver.In the UK, The main Christmas Meal is usually eaten at lunchtime or early afternoon on Christmas Day. It's normally roast turkey, roast vegetables and sometimes bacon and sausages.The dinner table is also decorated with a Christmas Cracker for each person and sometimes flowers and candles.

France-Joyeux Noel is a french way of saying merry christmas. Feasting goes with the season and there are many foods to be found.

Top five french christmas foods

1.CAVIAR: Le Reveillon starts as it means to go on and with caviar or smoked salmon on blinis, the traditional apéritif sets the tone for the rest of the mammoth evening/morning.

2.OYSTERS: While many of us might grimace at the thought of seafood for Christmas dinner, the French and particularly Parisians have a big appetite for it. Oysters don't come cheap, of course, but apparently they are nice and big and juicy around this time of year. Oysters will normally be served up as an appetizer at Le Reveillon to get diners in the mood for, well, more food.

3.LOBSTER: The French don't hold back on the spending when it comes to culinary customs for Le Reveillon, so continuing in the theme of pricey seafood, lobster and crab will often make an appearance on the Reveillon menu.

4.FOIE GRAS: Of course, a French Christmas feast wouldn't be the same without a portion of that typically festive treat. There's no force feeding here though as it's most often served up on slices of bread as a starter or aperitif with a sweet wine, normally a Sauternes.

5.ESCARGOTS: Snails might not be eaten as often in France as many people think. but there are a lot at christmas.

Spain-Christmas festivities begin in early december. It extends through the full 12 days of christmas to january 6th.Spain is mostly Catholic so christmas time is quite religious .

The roots of the Shepherds’ play can be traced back to the mystery playhese plays began as brief interludes during church services in which the clergy enacted simple versions of Bible stories and religious doctrines

Italy-Buon Natale!!! Christmas is merry for the people of italy yet also religious because of their religion.Italians begin their holiday on the first sunday in Advent They celebrate until Epiphany on january 6th when la befana brings their gifts.

The story of la befana.

Lets start

Netherlands-Zalig Kerstfeest is the dutch Christmas Greeting
Four countries and one island make up scandinavia these countries are sweden Norway denmark finland and iceland The Christmas season is very important to most scandinavians a well decorated tree can be found in almost every home Clean homes are also very important tradition and many hours are well scrubbed for christmas.
Switzerland-Joyeux Noel or Fröhliche Weihnacht is how you say christmas in switzerland. In terms of traditions, Switzerland is basically four different countries. There are German, French and Italian areas. Gifts may be given either on Christmas Eve or on New years, and they are brought by the Christkindli or St. Nicholas . Carols drift on the air in four languages. Switzerland has maintained its careful peace by absorbing the best of all nations.
Poland- Poland celebrate on December 25 to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a festive event and many people have the day off work and school.There are a number of traditional beliefs about Christmas. For example, it is believed that sheaves of wheat and rye, hay under tables will bring good crops or fortune. This practice is also a reminder of the modest environment in which Jesus was born in. It is also said that animals could talk at a certain moment during Christmas Eve.
Russia- Christmas was not celebrated very much. New Year was the important time. Now Christmas is normally celebrated on January 7th. The date is different because the Russian Orthodox church uses the old 'Julian' calendar for religious celebration days. The Orthodox Church also celebrates Advent. But it has fixed dates, starting on 28th November and going to the 6th January, so it's 40 days long.
Ukraine-Christmas for many of Ukraine is an important family holiday. When Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union, Christmas Day was not a public holiday but Christmas traditions were not forgotten. After Ukraine gained its independence, Christmas Day was made a public holiday. Many of Ukraine Christmas traditions are based on pre-Christian Pagan customs. Many Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine observe the Christmas Day date from the Julian calendar, which is different from the more commonly used Gregorian calendar. So, while Christmas is still on December 25 in the Julian calendar, it appears on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, up until 2100. After that, the Gregorian date for Orthodox Christmas will be January 8 in 2101.
Czechoslovakia-For many, December 24 (Štědrý den) is the most enjoyable day of Christmas holidays. Its Czech name literally means "Generous Day” Even poor families would make sure that their plates were full on this one day of the year.
Christmas has only been widely celebrated in Japan for the last few decades. It's still not seen as a religious holiday or celebration as there aren't many Christians in Japan. Now several customs that came to Japan from the USA such as sending and receiving Christmas Cards and Presents are popular.
China-In China, only about one percent of people are Christians, so most people only know a few things about Christmas. Because of this, Christmas is only often celebrated in major cities.

In these big cities there are Christmas Trees, lights and other decorations on the streets and in department stores. Santa Claus is called 'Shen Dan Lao Ren' and has grottos in shops like in Europe and America.

Switzerland-In terms of its traditions, Switzerland is basically four different countries. There are German, French and Italian areas. Gifts may be given either on Christmas Eve or New Year's Day, and they are brought by the Christkindli or St. Nicholas or even Father Christmas with his wife Lucy. Both the manger and the Christmas tree hold sway. Carols drift on the air in four languages.

Switzerland has maintained its careful neutrality by absorbing the best of all nations. A tinkling of a silver bell heralds the arrival of Christkindli - a white clad angel, with a face veil held in place by a jeweled crown. The tree candles are lit as she enters each house and hands out presents from the basket held by her child helpers.


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