Christmas Traditions From Around The World

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).


Hyvaa joulua

Joyeux Noël

Froehliche Weihnachten

Kala Christouyenna

Mele Kalikimaka

Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket

Gledileg Jol

Selamat Hari Natal

Sung Tan Chuk Ha

Linksmu Kaledu

Merry Keshmish

God Jul

















Whether you got any right or not, we would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas.


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  1. haha i love Christmas! thanks for this post chrysalis courses at least you can have some seasonal fun :)

  2. It would be lovely if Christmas didn’t involve commercialism!! Love the traditions :)

  3. I only got France and Germany right – probably because I studied those languages at school! Good fun though. Love Christmas traditions and so important to get them going :)

  4. I love Christmas and the traditions. I have even started my own traditions with my family which we do every year. It all adds to the excitement.

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