Christmas Traditions around the World

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons - Parque Ibirapuera at Christmas night.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Parque Ibirapuera at Christmas night.

Christmas is an annual celebration that is marked around the world on December 25th. It is a festivity that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. Jesus was born in Nazareth in a manger.

Christmas is celebrated in high spirits in different parts of the world. Regardless of the place you are in the world, Christmas festivities are always a thrilling and magical experience for all, both young and old.

No matter how religious we may feel, we are allowed to share and enjoy the numerous gifts that are given to us during this season. The more religious the person, the more the individual is set to embrace all the holiday’s spiritual Christmas gifts and the more secular the individual, the more they celebrate Christmas in a worldly variety.

Without a doubt, Christmas celebration is a global celebration. However, the traditions and foods associated with Christmas celebrations vary from culture, country, climate and the calendar. But the day’s spirit transcends all such differences.

In most instances, Christmas gifts are reserved for relatives, family members, friends, and loved ones. This generosity extends to food and other niceties. After all, there is something special behind the decision of staying up all night long making minced pies, sausage rolls and why we spend snowy or hot Christmas mornings cooking up a tasty dinner.

Christmas Modern Customs

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons - The historical center of Schöckingen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – The historical center of Schöckingen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

The modern customs associated with Christmas include Church celebrations, gift-giving, and a range of different decorations for example, the annual Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe, holiness and Nativity scenes.

Christmas holiday is one of the most celebrated festivals worlds over and is a festivity that arouses the curiosity of devotees that celebrate this festival with pleasure and fun. Christmas celebration is not only one of the most celebrated events, by Christians alone.

People from other religious backgrounds celebrate Christmas holidays in amusing ways. Further Christmas celebration is a wonderful experience for all devotees, and it continues to grow in popularity as it arouses curiosity, eagerness and keen observation from all sorts of devotees.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is the most critical day of Christmas celebration before Christmas. Christmas celebration begins on the evening of December 24th that keeps the importance of Christmas Eve, in terms of popular customers, surpasses Christmas Day itself.

On the 24th, the Christmas tree is manifested in its glory and the Yule log is solemnly lit up in many lands and the most distinctive Christmas meal is served. Churches, on the other hand, hold Candlelight service; the service is held earlier in the evening.

Christmas Eve is the night in which Santa Claus works making rounds and delivering gifts to children that have been good the whole year.

Civilization Christmas Myths

In many western civilisations, Santa and his elves have been working all year long preparing for this big night. Gifts are packed up and Santa sets off spanning the globe through a sleigh and reindeer transporting and dropping gifts to deserving children.

However, the traveling and constant stops can make someone tired and hungry. Santa is a big man. Children often go out to rescue Santa. In Northern America (United States and Canada) children leave some milk and cookies for dear Santa and help his regain energy to go give yet another deserving child gifts.

However in Britain and Australia, children there prefer leaving sherry and mince pies. Swedish children leave brownies for Santa!

For Santa’s reindeer, children leave a carrot that gives the reindeer the extra boost and pull Santa’s sledge. However Dutch children leave a carrot and some hay for the reindeer placed in a shoe before going to bed which is then replaced by a gift.

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