Christmas around the world
On Christmas people around the world celebrate this occasion with enthusiasm and high spirits.Everyone around the globe celebrate the Christmas holidays in many different ways. Here, we have few examples of different countries and their ways of spending this great festival.
In Germany, the 6th of December is a special day:
December 6th is a memorable day for Germans. On the evening of December 5th, they put their cleaned boots inside/outside the house in front of the door. Some people also put a plate there or on the windows, so that the bread in the plate can be eaten by white horse of Santa Claus. Santa Claus really puts nice things into the boots or plates in the next morning like nuts, oranges, apples, sweets, chocolate etc.
In Italy, January 6th is the most awaited day by many children:
On this day, three Wise Men arrive at the Bethlehem cave in which kid Jesus gives him gold, incense and myrrh and for this reason, Italian children receive presents brought by the “Befana,” a good old witch who comes into their homes through the chimney. This is the last day of the Christmas holiday in Italy.
In Sweden, December 13th is a special day that children look forward to all year long:
In Sweden, Saint Lucia [Day] is celebrated on December 13th. Girls dress in white with candles on her head seems pretty and elegant in traditional costume. In schools,students celebrate Saint Lucia Day outside in the early morning before the sun rise. Saint Lucia comes with a carriage pulled by a small horse. She is followed by Santa Claus on a big horse and a lot of girls and boys in white gowns welcome the carriage with candles. They sing traditional Christmas songs and read poems. After the ceremony ends, they have ginger cookies and bread with saffron to eat. For Swedish people, it’s an imperative day to enjoy!