It’s the Christmas season! People in Over 160 countries worldwide are celebrating the holiday. Some Christmas traditions are shared by people worldwide, including decorating Christmas Trees, exchanging gifts, and having Advent calendar at home, while many countries have their own traditions to celebrate the holiday. Following are some countries with distinct and interesting traditions in celebrating Christmas.
In Norway, there’s the interesting tradition that people will hide their brooms on Christmas Eve! In the old times, people believed that witches would search for brooms to ride on Christmas Eve. This has become a tradition and nowadays people are used to hiding their brooms in their safest place to avoid their brooms being stolen by witches!
During the holiday season, children in Norway would dress up like characters in Christmas stories, and go carol singing. They would travel around and sing in the local area.
People in Spain start to celebrate Christmas on December 8th. Families would have a Christmas log, and children would feed the Christmas log with nuts and fruits. They would also cover the log with blankets to keep them warm. After Christmas, children would search under the blankets, hoping that the log would produce treats under it.
Like in many other countries, children exchange gifts during the holiday season. But in Spain there’s the tradition that children don’t open the gifts immediately after they receive the gifts; instead, they would wait until January 6 to open the gifts received.
Unlike children in the US who expect Father Christmas would leave gifts in their Christmas socks, children in Germany would put their shoes outside the door, and believe Father Christmas would leave gifts in their shoes. They also believe that if they are naughty, the servant of Father Christmas would come and only leave twigs in their shoes.
Most German family would have Advent calendars at their home. In some areas of Germany, people would use 24 decorated bags and Tree branches to make the advent. Christmas Trees are also very popular in Germany. Moms would decorate the Trees, and bring them to their home on Christmas Eve.
Although Christmas Trees are important in Greece, people would also decorate model boats with golden nuts during the holiday season. You may also see large model boats with bulbs all around it, along with Christmas Trees decorated with shallow wooden bowls outdoors in Greece.
There’s also the old saying that people kiss each other under the mistletoe during Christmas would serve as a promise to get married in the future.
There’s the tradition that people use the straw to build up goats to guard their Christmas Trees, which are often made of straw, in Sweden. In Gävle, a huge goat made of straw would be built each year for Advent starting from the year 1966. However, there’s also the tradition that people would try to burn down the goat in the Christmas season. In the past five decades, the huge goat only survived about ten times; last year, it was burned down only in two days.
In Australia, Christmas is in its summer with the warm and sunny weather. There would be many more outdoor celebration, and people would go to the beach and have barbecue during the holiday season.
Australian also decorate their places with Christmas Bush, which is a native Australian Tree with leaves and red flowers in summer. Famous singers, as well as local bands, would perform carols throughout the holiday season, while no words related to snow and winter would be in those carols.
The Christmas season in Colombia starts from a holiday called Little Candles’ Day in honor of the Virgin Mary. Candles are important decorations throughout the holiday season; people would put candles in their places, and there would be great candle displays across the country.
People in Colombia would gather and pray from December 16th till Christmas. The gatherings would be hosted by different families each day, and people would sing carols and enjoy great foods in those days.