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12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 5 ~ Holiday Traditions Around the World

12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 5 ~ Holiday Traditions Around the World



As a Canadian I cherish all of the wonderful holiday traditions my

family has passed down from generation to generation.


In North America we have some pretty universal symbols of Christmas.

A Tree, Turkey Dinner and Santa Claus.

I love to travel and experience other parts of the world so I started wondering

what does Christmas look like in other countries? What are their traditions?








Food- KFC

Santa Figure – Hoteiosho

Decorative Symbol – Not every home has a tree but there are

Christmas tree’s in the communities throughout the country.

They will also decorate with familiar items like garland and mistletoe.



Japan was introduced to Christmas by Christian Missionaries so it is now widely observed.

It’s less of a religious event but a time to spread happiness.







Food – Tamales

Santa Figure – Nativity Scene is much more common than a Santa-like figure

Decorative Symbol – A Poinsetta Flower



In Mexico Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th.

On Christmas Eve there is a tradition called Postada and it is a ritual of going

from home to home looking for shelter and being turned away until you end

up at the home that has the Nativity Scene and that is the home where the

Christmas festivities will take place. Church, fireworks and a

piñata are the common activities for celebration.





Food – Fish

Santa Figure – Babbo Natale

Decorative Symbol – The Nativity Scene is the more common symbol of Christmas



On Christmas Eve Italians eat a Fish meal and avoid other meat and dairy.

They then go to Church and come home to have Panettone an Italian Christmas Cake and Hot Chocolate.





Food –  Roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison and cheeses.

Santa Figure – Pere Noel

Decorative Symbol – Nativity Scene & Yule Logs



Some parts of France have a tradition that they eat 13 different

types of Dessert ranging from fruit to nuts to pastries.




Food – Turkey stuffed with Truffle Mushrooms on Christmas Eve and Seafood on Christmas Day

Santa Figure – The Three Kings

Decorative Symbol – Nativity Scene



Christmas in Spain varies from region to region. Spain celebrates Epiphany.

Parades are a very common holiday tradition.





Food –  Carp or Goose are often served for the main Christmas meal. Stollen is a popular fruited yeast bread that is eaten at Christmas.

 Santa Figure – Das Christkind/Christkindl or Weihnachtsmann

Decorative Symbol – Christmas Tree & Advent Calendars



Germany has some of the worlds most elaborate Christmas markets

selling traditional blown glass ornaments and other Christmas items.





Food – A feast of Curries

Santa Figure – Father Christmas

Decorative Symbol – Decorated Mango or Banana Tree’s


In India it’ that only 2.5% of the country observes Christmas.

Because they have a population of 1 billion thats still 25 million people!







Food – WAS ~  A thick and spicy stew

Santa Figure – Yágena Abãt



Christmas in Ethiopia is celebrated on January 7th.

They also take part in a 43 day fast leading up to Christmas where one vegan

meal is served per day. Gift giving isn’t a common part of Ethiopian

Christmas traditions. It is said that one of the wisemen was

from Ethiopia so he is widely celebrated.




Food – BBQ

Santa Figure – Santa & His Six White Boomers

Decorative Symbol – Christmas Tree & Wreaths




Christmas is toward the end of the summer in Australia so it

is a time to be with family outdoors. Many families have

bonfires and try to make sure they are home and together.






The consistent thing about Christmas in every single country

I researched is that it’s a time for celebration with family and friends.

I hope your plans this year are filled with food, tradition, and the people you love.

See you tomorrow with Day 6 of my 12 Days of Christmas!


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