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Christmas Customs Around the World - Did you know?

Christmas Traditions Around the World

In Ireland, it is traditional to see mince pies and a bottle of Guiness out as a snack for Santa.

In Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy they set a model of Bethlehem under the Christmas tree.

In Czech Republic single women perform an unusual ritual on Christmas Eve Day, to find out if they will get married the next year.  They sit in front of the main door of the house with their back facing it and they throw a shoe over their shoulder. If the heel is towards the door it means they will find someone this year and they will leave the house. Otherwise they will not.

In Guatemala,there is a heavy smell of garbage and dirt on the morning of december 7people there clean their homes and make a pile of garbage on crossroads and make a devil statue above it and then burn it as it is believed that devil lives in the dirt of our homes,so this is done because of this myth.

In Caracas, Venezuela, on Christmas Eve morning, the roads are closed for cars so people can roller skate to the Mass.

In Netherlands, people celebrate the holiday on December 6th, awaiting for the arrival of Sinterklaas and his sidekick, Black Pete, who leave candies and gifts for the little girls and boys who filled their shoes with sweets for their horse.

In Germany too, they celebrate on December 6th the Nikolaustag (St. Claus Day). Children leave their shoes or boots outside the door of their houses to find it next morning filled with sweets. Also, they believe that it is the Christkind is theone who brings the gifts to children and not Santa Claus, whereas in Spain they believe it is the Wise Men, in Hungary it is Mikulás and in Italy they believe it is an old lady called Befana.

In New Zealand a tree called the 'Pohutakawa' that has red flowers is sometimes used as the christmas tree and in India, Banana or Mango trees are sometimes decorated.

In Australia, Christmas comes in the towards the beginning of the summer holidays! Children have their summer holidays from mid December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas. Australians also decorate their houses with bunches of 'Christmas Bush', a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream coloured flowers.

Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, so schools and businesses are normally open on December 25th. Fried chicken is often eaten on Christmas day. It is the busiest time of year for restaurants such as KFC and people can place orders at their local fast food restaurant in advance!

People in the Philippines like to celebrate Christmas for as long as possible! The playing of Christmas carols in shops can start in September! The formal Christmas celebrations start on 16th December when many people go the the first of nine pre-dawn or early morning masses which are called ‘Misa de Gallo'.

One of the most important ways of celebrating Christmas in Italy is the Nativity crib scene. A lot of Italian families have a Nativity crib in their homes. Cribs are traditionally put out on the 8th December. But the figure of the baby Jesus isn't put into the crib until the evening/night of December 24th!

Something popular and important that many Swedes do on Christmas Eve afternoon is to watch Donald Duck! Every year, since 1959, at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve, the TV station TV1 shows the Disney special "From All of Us to All of You" or in Swedish it's "Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul" meaning "Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas." About 40 to 50% of the Swedish population stop to watch it!

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