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Christmas Traditions




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Countries in the world

Countries in the world

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Christmas Traditions Around the World

Canada Mexico

Chile New Zealand

England Portugal

Finland Russia

Greenland Sweden

Hungary Thailand

Ireland Ukraine

Korea Vietnam

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Christmas in Canada

Christmas in Canada

During the twelve days of Christmas small groups of belsnicklers, or masked mummers, appear in neighborhoods, ringing bells, making noise, seeking candy or other treats.

Hosts may try to guess who the mummers are and if they guess right the mummer removes his or her disguise and stops making rude noises and actions.

The Christmas Banquet is called reveillion.

After attending midnight mass, families serve pork pies.

In Quebec they display Crèches or nativity scenes in their homes as the Christmas decoration.

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Christmas in Chile

Christmas in Chile

Little figures made of clay are placed under the Christmas tree called pesebre.

Father Christmas is known as Viejito Pascuero.

He wishes everyone a Feliz Navidad and Prospero Anc Nuevo. (Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year)

A drink called “Rompon” {eggnog} is served.

Families eat a Christmas pudding made with dried fruit.

At midnight families will sit around the tree to open presents.

On Dec. 25 people usually go to the beach, park or other interesting place.

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Christmas in England

Christmas in England

One of England's customs is mummering.

The English gift giver is called Father Christmas. He wears a long red or green robe, and leaves presents in stockings on Christmas Eve.

The day after Christmas is called boxing day because boys used to go round and collect money in clay boxes. When they were full they would break them open.

Eggs, fruit, spice, lumps of meat and dried plums were added. The whole mixture was wrapped in a cloth and boiled. This is how

plum pudding began.

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Christmas in Finland

Christmas in Finland

In the Scandinavian countries, a little gnome named Julenisse puts presents under the tree at night. The children leave porridge out for him.

It is from the Scandinavian countries that we derive most of our “Yule Log” traditions. The dark cold winters inspired the development of the traditions concerned with warmth and light.

The Yule log was originally the entire tree. The tree was brought into the house with quite a ceremony. The end of it would be placed into the hearth while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room. The tree was fed into the hearth slowly so that it lasted throughout the Yule season.

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