Christmas All Around The World

germany
The first person to bring a Christmas Tree into a house in the way we know it today may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. Some people say this is the same tree as the 'Riga' tree, but it isn't! The Riga tree originally took place a few decades earlier. Northern Germany and Latvia are neighbors.
great britain

In Britain, children write their letters to Father Christmas and then throw them into the fireplace so they will float up the chimney and fly to the North Pole. If the lists catch fire first, they have to rewrite them.

france
St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who provided for the poor and sick, and is the basis for the popular character of Santa Claus.

The galette des rois is a cake traditionally shared at Epiphany, on January 6. It celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem. Composed of a puff pastry cake, with a small charm, the fève, hidden inside, it is usually filled with frangipane, a cream made from sweet almonds, butter, eggs and sugar.
spain
Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera , a lagoon in Valencia, on the east coast of Spain. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain's national dish, but most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish.
Turrón is the most famous traditional Christmas candy in Spain and the famous Spanish candy in the world.
italy
Befana. In Italian folklore, Befana (pronounced [beˈfaːna]) is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to St Nicholas or Santa Claus. A popular belief is that her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany or in Italian La Festa dell'Epifania.
netherlands
Contrary to popular belief, Sinterklaas actually comes from Turkey and not Spain. Both the Dutch and Belgian Sinterklaas characters are based on the Bishop of Myra – a Christian saint from Lycia (Turkey), who died on December 6th, 342.
The noon meal on Christmas Day is called koffietafel and it resembles a huge breakfeast
sweden
The annual candlelit Lucia procession on 13 December is perhaps one of the more exotic-looking Swedish customs, with girls and boys clad in white full-length gowns singing songs together. Among the youngest, anyone can be Lucia; as the children get older, the competition will harden.

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa, is a legendary figure of Western culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved

SWITZERLAND
Most Swiss people do have a christmas tree at home from mid December to the 6th of January. In Switzerland, many trees are not sold in shops but rather on the streets during the week before christmas. Naturally grown christmas trees are still very popular among Swiss people. Despite the fact that natural trees will inevitable loose needles after some days in a warm living room only a minority of the population does prefer artificial christmas trees.
In Switzerland gifts aarev given to people on New Years day .

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