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10 Unique Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Every family has its own holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Epiphany, Posadas or any other seasonal holiday on December 25 or January 7, there are special foods, gifts and customs that accompany them.

Whether your hemisphere is winter or summer, traditions around the world can be added or modified to increase your holiday enjoyment, and it doesn’t matter.

If you’ve never used Advent Calendar, had a pizza on Christmas Eve, or sated on a fish, try a new tradition and make it your own.

10 Unique Christmas Traditions from Around the World

1. Calendar appears
The main part of German Christmas celebrations is Advent, which lasts from the first Sunday of Christmas until about four weeks before Christmas, until December 24. Beautiful calendars and wreaths are used to count down the days before Christmas. Since the date of the first Sunday of Advent varies, most commercial calendars today start on December 1st and are made of cardboard with 24 small windows filled with chocolate. Some more complex calendars have 24 hanging bags that contain small gifts for children. Spending a few minutes every day is a delightful family activity.

2. Posadas Piñatas
The celebrations began with a series of celebrations in Posada, Mexico, from December 16th to 24th, with 9 parties. The dinner included a reenactment of Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem, and no room was found in the inn. At the party, people sang Christmas carols, made of paper seven-pointed star Piñata, and decorated with sweets and small toys. All children can collect fillings and they have fun.

3. Santa’s Gift
Children in the Netherlands received gifts from Santa on December 5. If children leave the carrots for Santa’s horse on their shoes, they will get sweets and desserts. For little kids, this is a sweet Christmas preview.

4. Revere de Noll
Réveillon de Noël is a French tradition. This delicious meal on Christmas Eve can last for five hours or more. The menu varies by region, but usually it’s topped with oysters, smoked salmon, and foie gras. The meal includes a few dishes and ends with Christmas Christmas round wood dessert Bûchede Noël, so make sure you leave enough space for dessert.

5. Exchange Christmas cards
In the United States, exchanging Christmas cards is a tradition-thanks in part to the greeting card companies-and sometimes comes with pictures and news. Today, many people and / or end e-greets or Facebook greetings, but receiving cards in your mailbox is always exciting.

6. Little Candle Festival
Díade las Velitas, celebrated on December 7th, marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Colombia. People place candles and beautiful paper lanterns in their windows, balconies and front yards to honor the Virgin Mary and purity of eve. If you are not religious, candles are beautiful holiday decorations.

7. Jolabokaflod
Jolabokaflod, or Christmas Book Flood, is an institution in Iceland. In Iceland, more books are published per capita than in any other country, and most of them are sold during the Christmas season. On Christmas Eve, people exchange books and then read and eat chocolate at night. Can you think of a better combination?

8. Yule goat
The Yule goat dates back to the 11th century. Legend has it that a human-sized goat, led by St. Nicholas, has the power to control evil. Today it is celebrated all over Sweden with people hanging Christmas decorations depicting a yule goat. In some Swedish cities, huge Christmas goat decorations made of straw and red ribbons are displayed publicly. Tie one on your tree today!

9. Seven Fish Feast
This Italian-American festival tradition originates in Italy and is used to eating fish the day before the feast. Today, Italian-American families have formed their own tradition and ate seven fish or seafood meals on Christmas Eve. Of course, without pasta, it is not a proper Italian meal. Mangia!

10. Epiphany
The bishop observed a feast of the three kings on January 6, and Orthodox Christians observed it on January 19. Traditions vary by country and are celebrated with special food and gifts. Like the second Christmas, what could be better than this?


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