Christmas is a holiday filled with joy and good cheer when families and friends are gathering together to enjoy traditions and good time. To celebrate it, decorate your home and do things that make you get in the spirit.
Remember, it’s a day of fun and happiness. If you want to spend this Christmas in a more special way, here are some traditions around the world that might be a good inspiration for you.
Christmas in Australia
In Australia, people are celebrating Christmas at the beginning of the summer holidays. Because of the climate change,there are a lot of bush fires across the country. During this time, people become more empathic to those in need and they volunteer to save other humans from many communities.
Australians hang garlands on their front doors and sometimes they go out on Christmas Eve and sing. They love to decorate their front yard with Christmas trees and lights. Often, neighbors feel like they are in a competition and they visit each other to look around and see who has better light displays.
Australians also decorate their homes with a native Christmas tree with small green leaves, cream flowers, and a sparkling Christmas tinsel, placed from the top of the tree and continuing down to the end of it. In summertime, the flowers turn into a shiny red color after a couple of weeks.
There are also festivals and parades in most towns. In other places, there are fireworks displays around the city.
Christmas in Brazil
Brazil’s Christmas customs are very similar to the ones in the UK and the USA even though in Brazil, Christmas is taking place during summer. Which is why most Brazilians like to spend their holiday at the beach.
When it comes to Christmas traditions, Santa Claus is called Papai Noel and sometimes, children leave a sock over the window for Papai Noel. If he finds it, he will exchange it with a gift.
They also play the well-known “Secret Santa” game during Christmas time. People give small gifts to family and friends throughout December using a fake name. On Christmas day, they open up the gifts and reveal who their Secret Santa was. The most popular song in Brazil for Christmas is “NoiteFeliz”.
Brazilians’ favorite Christmas food is pork, ham, salads, turkey, and dried fruits. Every meal is served with cooked rice and also, they have popular desserts that include ice cream. As in many other countries, the meal is normally served around 10pm and at midnight they greet each other and then they open their presents.
Christmas in Colombia
In Colombia, preparations start on the evening of 7thof December which is called “Dia de las Velitas”. Houses and streets are decorated with lots of lights and candles. Also, they have a big firework event with music to dance to and foods like “bunuelos” and “empanadas”.
From December 16th until Christmas Eve, many Colombians have a special time with their families, friends and neighbors come together and pray for the rest of the days until Christmas. Also, they sing songs and eat lots of delicious foods.
People like to decorate their homes for Christmas Eve with candles, Christmas trees, and other ornaments. They also like to display lights at their windows or on their balconies. Another interesting custom Colombians have is the fact that children write a letter to the baby Jesus (Carta al Nino Dios) asking for presents on Christmas Eve.
Christmas in France
Paris is always a good idea to spend Christmas Eve since during the festive time the city is even more magical. The Christmas markets in Paris are the most beautiful and largest in Europe. There are nearly 300 stalls with traditional toys and delicious food. Markets in France are highly recommended to spend your holidays in and soak get into that holiday spirit.
A very popular meal served on Christmas eve in France is called “Le Reveillon”. It is usually served before midnight when the children open their presents. Also, French people like to eat on Christmas Eve foods like foie gras, oysters, snails, truffles, and frog legs. The idea is to eat differently from the rest of the year and enjoy the luxurious meals. Yum!
It’s also the time when French people enjoy luxurious drinks like champagne, sweet wines, and liqueurs, which are very popular drinks during that period. Delicious foods like foie gras and cheeses are served next to these fine drinks. Sante!
Christmas in Romania
Romania is known for its traditional costumes and folklore. So, if you are spending your holidays in Romania, get ready to be pleasantly surprised by authentic traditions, incredibly delicious dishes, and festive practices, especially if you visit the countryside. They start celebrating the holiday season early ahead, from November 14 until Christmas day. During theFasting period, Romanians should not eat meat or animal products, as they’re calling it “process of body purifying”.
On December 6th, Romanians are also celebrating Saint Nicolas. Children are waiting for “Mos Nicolae”, hoping they’ll get the presents they have asked for. They are cleaning their shoes carefully and place them near the door on the evening of December 5th. The next morning, the little ones have their boots filled with fruits and sweets.
On Christmas day, Romanians are celebrating with traditional specialties like Toba, Piftie, Caltabos, and homemade sausages. To prepare these meals, Romanian’ tradition requires to sacrifice a pig a few weeks before the holiday.
There’s also a special meal made of meat like bacon and liver, and is served outside, after they clean all the traces of the sacrifice, next to a traditional drink called “tuica”.
Christmas in Spain
There are celebrations in Spain that begin from mid-December until January 6th. This holiday and New Year’s Eve will be celebrated differently in each region. At this time of th year, every store is closed so there’s not much to do. You’ll need to visit bigger cities like Barcelona, Madrid, or Valencia if you want to make sure you enjoy every hour spent in Spain.
The southern coast of Spain will be warmer during this time of the year. Places like Costa del Sol and Canary Islands are perfect to visit during wintertime. For winter sports lovers, the most suitable place would be a ski resort. The coldest cities in Spain are Leon and Burgos.
Christmas markets are also recommended to go to when visiting Spain. They sell ornaments and, small gifts and different kinds of food. The most amazing place to go to Spain for markets is Barcelona for its unique Christmas traditions.
For Christmas dinner, Spanish people usually serve lobster, lamb, or pig. Also, most families will have soup, fishand other seafood, hams, cheeses, etc. They have a tradition for New Year’s Eve when they have to eat 12 grapes at midnight. They say this is a superstition too, so you don’t want to ruin your luck by skipping the grapes.
Fact is, it’s is an amazing day to spend your time with your friends and family and enjoy amazing traditions.
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