We wanted to share some of the Christmas traditions from around the world. At the end there is a little quiz as well!
In Brazil Father Christmas is called Papai Noel & Bom Velhinho (Gold Old Man).
Sometimes children leave a sock near a window and if Papai Noel finds the sock, he will exchange if for a present.
It is common in Brazil to get an extra months salary at the end of the year – twice your usual monthly pay in December. I definitely like this idea!
Although a relatively small percentage of people are Christians in India, Christmas still happens, with Midnight Mass being important, especially for Catholics.
Instead of the traditional Christmas tree, a banana or mango tree is decorated, if neither of these are available then any tree could be decorated.
In Greenland it is traditional for people to put an illuminated star in their windows, both in homes and public buildings. Christmas trees need to be imported to Greenland, as they do not grow that far north.
Greenland claims to be the place that Santa Claus lives or goes for his summer holidays!
In France it is common that people burn Yule logs, made out of cherry wood at home. The log is sprinkled with red wine, in order to smell nice and is carried in on Christmas Eve.
The main Christmas meal is eaten on Christmas Eve or early Christmas morning after people return from their church service.
In Ireland it is traditional to leave a mince pie and bottle of Guinness out for Father Christmas.
In Caracus, the capital of Venezuela on Christmas Eve morning, the roads of the city are closed to cars, so people can roller skate to Mass.
Any idea which country says Merry Christmas in the following ways? (Answers below).
Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Selamat Hari Natal
Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Whether you got any right or not, we would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas.
Information taken from whychristmas.com, xmasfun.com and todayifoundout.com.