Christmas Traditions All Over the World

First up is Germany

In Germany, Christmas, or Weihnachten, is very important, and comes with a lot of really cool and interesting traditions. 

Christmas Eve is the main day of celebration in Germany, for it is the last day of the advent. Advents are really popular there, and people use a wide range of different types of advent calendars. 

Christmas trees, although usually not brought home until Christmas Eve, are also a big deal in Germany. Traditionally the mother of small children will decorate the tree while the kids are out. 

A classic German Christmas dinner will typically consist of duck, goose, rabbit or a roast for the main dish. This dish is usually accompanied by traditional German sides, like sausage, apples, red cabbage, or potatoes dumplings. The most popular German pastry is called a Stollen. It is a bread baked with various nuts and fruits.

 

Next up is China

Christmas is actually not really celebrated widely in China. In the past few decades, it has increased popularity, but traditionally it is not really a thing!

Most people in China, when celebrating the holiday, will do so by getting together with friends and family. Usually if not held at someones home, the get-togethers will take place in a public place, like a restaurant or a karaoke bar.

Hong Kong on the other hand, is one of the most festive places to go during Christmas. It is viewed as a holiday, which means banks are closed, and there are usually huge sales.

Australia

Funny thing about Australia, if you didn't already know- Christmas, although still in December, is considered a summer holiday. Since Australians have opposite seasons from us in the U.S., December is actually one of their most hot months of the year.

This definitely does not stop them from getting festive though! People still hang wreaths on their doors, put up Christmas trees and even go Christmas caroling.

A poplar Christmas holiday tale is that Santa's last stop on Christmas Eve is Australia, so we changes into hot weather clothes and trades out his reindeer for kangaroo!

Christmas meals in Australia traditionally consist of barbecue foods and seafood, and are typically eaten during lunch time.

 

Last stop Mexico

Christmas is a pretty big deal in Mexico, and is actually celebrated from December 12th until January 6th. 

The most important Christmas decoration in Mexican households is the Nativity Scene. The scenes are often very large and beautiful, and portray Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Shepherds and the Three Kings. Interestingly though, there are often other figures presented in the scene of different people, including women making tortillas, people selling food and different animals. 

The main Christmas meal and celebration is held on Christmas Eve. It is a day for celebration and family time. 

Tamales, roast pork and chicken, and Pozole are popular Christmas dishes in Mexico. Pozole is a thick soup made with chicken or pork, and chiles. Fried pastries called bunuelos are really common for dessert. They come both round or flat, and are sprinkles with cinnamon, sugar, and a hot sugary syrup.

Feliz Navidad!


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