Christmas Around the World

Valerie Banis, Staff Reporter

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Christmas in some capacity is celebrated worldwide. It’s a day for joy and to celebrate with the family. People have special traditions on Christmas. Yes it’s different but it’s part of their culture.
In the United States everyone usually gets together with their families on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and usually they have dinner and they open presents.
That’s what people think about when they hear the word Christmas, family and presents. Except not every person in the world thinks that way.
In Mexico Christmas Eve is known as ‘Noche Buena’ and is a family day. People have their main meal in the evening.
At midnight, many people go to a Midnight Mass service, known as the ‘Misa de Gallo’ (which means Mass of the Rooster as people are up early like Rooster’s). There are lots of fireworks to celebrate Noche Buena.
In the United Kingdom, most families have a Christmas Tree (or maybe even two!) in their house for Christmas. The decorating of the tree is usually a family occasion, with everyone helping.
In France, the main Christmas meal, called Réveillon, is eaten on Christmas Eve or early Christmas morning after people have returned from the midnight Church Service.
Dishes might include roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison and cheeses. For dessert, a chocolate sponge cake log called a bûche de Noël is normally eaten.
In Canada Going skiing, skating and tobogganing are popular if there’s snow at Christmas! Canadian children also believe in Santa Claus. Canadians are especially proud to say that their country is the home of Santa Claus.
The Santa Claus Parade in Toronto is one of the oldest and largest Santa parades in the world! It started in 1913 when Santa was pulled through the streets of Toronto. Children along the route followed Santa and marched along with him.
It’s been taking place for over 100 years and now is a huge event with over 25 animated floats and 2000 people taking part! It’s broadcast on TV around the world.
In Australia, Christmas comes 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 hang wreaths on their front doors and sometimes go out Christmas caroling on Christmas Eve. People also decorate their houses and gardens with Christmas Trees and Christmas lights.
Neighbors sometimes have little competitions to see who has the best light display. The neighbors often visit each other to look at the light displays at night. Sometimes the displays are put out as early as December 1. One street in Sydney raises over $(AUS)35,000 every year for charity with their co-ordinated street display!
These are just a few traditions around the world for Christmas. Everyone has different thoughts when Christmas comes to mind, but everyone knows it’s time to spend quality time with your family.

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Christmas Around the World