How to celebrate Christmas in different countries
December 6 is celebrated the day of St. Nicholas, which is completely different from Christmas. Santa Claus in Belgium is called Kerstman (le Père Noël) and he appears on Christmas Eve to give gifts to children. Belgium is divided into districts and in different regions of a different culture. Small family gifts are given for Christmas, too, they are put under a tree or hung in socks near the fireplace to find them in the morning. At Christmas breakfast, the obligatory dish is sweet bread (cougnolle), its form is usually similar to the baby Jesus. Some families arrange family holiday meals.
Santa Claus in Brazil is called Papai Noel. Many Christmas traditions are similar to the traditions of the United States and Great Britain. Who has enough money can afford a festive dinner of chicken, turkey, ham, rice, salad, pork, fresh fruits and dried fruits, often with beer. Poor people are limited to chicken and rice..
Finns believe that Santa Claus lives in the northern part of Finland, called Korvantunturi. People from all over the world send letters to Santa Claus in Finland. Finns clean their homes, preparing for the 3rd holy days: Christmas Eve, Christmas and a day of gifts. On the eve of Christmas eating rice porridge and sweet soup made from dried fruits. Then they decorate the house with spruce. In the evening, they arrange a traditional Christmas dinner. Which usually consists of a baked pudding containing liver, rutabaga, carrots and potatoes, with a ham or turkey. In some families, a traditional dish is the liver. A smart tree, lighted candles and hyacinths are essential attributes of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, many go to church. The cemeteries are also very beautiful on Christmas Day - there are a lot of soft white snow and only the light from the candles brought by loving people lights it up. The bath takes a big place in the holiday. People go there before Christmas or the cemetery or after. After the bath, a festive dinner is arranged. The culmination of the holiday! After that comes Santa Claus or open presents. Then they drink coffee, eat pie and sweets. They rejoice in gifts and play games.
In France, Christmas is called 'Noël. Everyone has a Christmas tree, sometimes they are decorated under the old fashion: red ribbons and real white candles. Firs in the garden are also decorated with flashlights for the whole night. Christmas dinner is an important family event. A prerequisite is good meat and the best wine. Not everyone sends greeting cards.
Germans love to decorate their homes for Christmas. In many houses there are wooden windows with electric candles in the windows, pictures and plastic decorate the house, it looks beautiful at night from the side. Often on the door hang wreaths of leaves decorated with candles. A prerequisite is good meat and the best wine. Not everyone sends greeting cards. Many homes put near the houses of the nursery - a small model of the nursery where Jesus Christ was born. German Father Frost - Der Weihnachtsmann - brings gifts late in the evening on Christmas Eve (December 24), after people went to the service in the church. Gifts are found under the New Year tree. The most important person in the family calls the bell and calls everyone into the room. The main festive dish is carp or goose.
Santa Claus in Hungary (Tel-apo or Mikulas) comes on December 6th. Children should clean their shoes and put it on the street before going to bed. The next day sweets or toys appear there in red pouches. For children who misbehave, the golden rod is located near the sweets, as a symbol of punishment ... (but do not worry, this is for fun, not real punishment). On December 24, children go to the cinema or to relatives, as Jesus brings a tree and gifts to their house. The Christmas tree is played with toys made by oneself. Often families are preparing a gala dinner for this night. For example, fresh fish with rice or potatoes and homemade cakes for dessert. After dinner, the tree is shown to the children for the first time. It's always exciting. They sing Christmas songs, and then they disassemble the presents.
Latvians believe that Santa Claus gives gifts in each of the 12 days starting on Christmas Eve. Usually gifts are placed under a festive tree. Latvia was the first country to decorate a Christmas tree. For
Latvia traditional dishes are brown peas with bacon sauce, small pies, cabbage and sausages.
New Zealand begins with gifts on Christmas morning. Everyone gathers for a Christmas lunch at home or with their parents. A turkey or chicken with decoration, then tea time. It's time for friends and family to get together and skip a few glasses of beer or wine.
People in Transylvania eat stuffed cabbage on the eve of Christmas and the next day for lunch. Some people like to eat a traditional dish on the second or third day after it was cooked. Prepare dinner in advance, so that it's time to decorate the house and organize dinner. Very practical. On December 25 the whole family attends church and then they eat a traditional dish for lunch.
In the days of the USSR Christmas was almost never celebrated. New Year was the most important holiday and Father Frost gave gifts on the eve of the New Year. With the fall of communism, the celebration of Christmas became open - on December 25 or January 7. This was due to the fact that the Russian Orthodox Church used the old Julian calendar to celebrate religious holidays. Pies and dumplings are considered festive dishes.
The US is a multinational country, so you can see different ways of celebrating Christmas. Some prefer stuffed turkey. Others prefer sausages, cabbage dishes, soups. The Italians are preparing for Christmas lasagna. Children receive gifts in the morning. They are told that Santa Claus came at night, he went down the chimney and brought gifts. On Christmas morning, traditional for breakfast are rolls with cinnamon and coffee, for lunch, ham.