Christmas around the world

germany

In germany instead of Santa they have Kris Kringle. He gives good kids presents in there shoe. If a kid is bad he will leave switches so their parents can spank him/her.

The German religious reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) is often credited with starting the Christmas tree custom, but the first appearance of a Tannenbaum was recorded in Germany many years after Luther’s death. The evergreen was first put in a Martin Luther kings house.

Great Britain

However, one night, while he was sitting in front of his log fire, he became very interested by the sparks and cracks coming from the fire. Suddenly, he thought what a fun idea it would be, if his sweets and toys could be opened with a crack when their fancy wrappers were pulled in half.

Crackers were originally called 'cosaques' and were thought to be named after the 'Cossack' soldiers who had a reputation for riding on their horses and firing guns into the air!

France

This is Pere Noel he is like Santa but in France. He gives you presents in your shoe

This is St. Nickolas day you get gifts in your shoes and fruit or walnuts.

spain
These are turrons ( hard candies ) these are the candies they eat in Spain. On Christmas at Church they have a feast and eat all kind of foods and they also eat this.

It is an almond nougat candy, it consists of only three ingredients. Roasted almonds, egg whites, and raw honey. Turrón is of Moorish origin and was invented over 500 years ago in a small town of Spain called Jijona.

This is an chirimoyas ( apple custard ) they also eat this at church. Known as the custard apple, cherimoya is a fruit unlike any other. With soft flesh that tastes like a cross between a mango, papaya and banana, this fruit delivers on much more than intense tropical flavor.
Italy

Torrones are just one of the food's that they eat after church. Torrones are a delicious sweet that they eat for Christmas.

This is she visits all the children of Italy on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their shoes with candy and presents if they are good. She is often smiling and carries a bag or hamper filled with candy, gifts, or both. She is also referred to as the Christmas Witch.

Netherlands

This is Sinter Klass he gives good kids sweets but if there bad he gives them switches.

these are the black peters they are saint klass servants

Sweden

The queen of lights is a queen that puts candles on her head and celebrates on Christmas.

this is Jultomten he is Santa Claus but in Sweden. Underneath the tree he brings gifts for the kids.

Poland

This is a pajaki they put these on trees in Poland. The trees hold birds,angels,colored paper and ribbons, and pajaki.

The 3 wise men kids send letters to the 3 wise men or mother star

Russia

This is Babouschka her legend is similar to Italy's Befana. Babouschka also was visted by the 3 kings.

Ukraine

This is the Ukraine Christmas tree which wears a spider web for good luck.

Mexico

Poinsettias at Christmas. Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico known as 'Taxco del Alarcon' where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them 'cuetlaxochitl'.

Canada and America

In the U.S and in Canada they have Santa and his reindeer Santa gives good girls and boys presents.

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