Christmas traditions across the globe
    18 Nov

    Christmas traditions across the globe


    Many African countries celebrate Christmas, and one of the more heartwarming examples of this is
    Nigeria. Many people who have become successful and moved out of their small, underdeveloped
    ancestral villages return to their roots to spread wealth and joy during the holidays. People bring livestock
    and gifts as contribution for large family feasts and eat traditional cultural food during these celebrations.
    It is common tradition for the wealthy to bring Christmas presents for family members and friends and do
    whatever they can to help them survive and thrive in these smaller villages.

    South Eastern Asia

    Christmas is traditionally celebrated from Pakistan all the way to Indonesia, but did you know that the
    Philippines have one of the longest annual Christmas celebrations in the world? Starting in September and
    not ending until mid January, Christmas decorations and festivities are stretched out over a period of
    many months, from masses to midnight family feasts. It’s not uncommon to see parols and other iconic
    Filipino Christmas ornaments for sale and displayed year round!

    Southern Europe

    In some European countries like Serbia and Macedonia, Christmas is traditionally celebrated on January
    7th due to Eastern Orthodox churches using the old Julian calendar. Orthodox Christmas celebrations
    include many folk-like customs and rituals and are practiced in a variety of different ways throughout
    these countries. Some of these practices include the ritual burning of young oak branches, wheat being
    strewn throughout the house and wheat seeds being sprouted and returned to nature. It’s also very
    important to have a massive family feast with many cultural dishes and courses, with the main dish often
    being a whole spit-roasted pig.

    Northern Europe

    Scandinavian countries like Sweden celebrate Christmas in a way that is greatly inspired by the pagan
    winter solstice. Celebrations begin on Saint Lucy’s Day, ushering in the season with traditional Christmas
    songs and rituals. Christmas day is celebrated on the 24th with gift giving and a traditional family feast
    called the Julbord. These feasts often include Christmas ham, meatballs, rice puddings, pickled herring
    and other cultural dishes. Some households, in accordance to an old superstition, leave out bowls of
    porridge as an offering to the Jultomto, the invisible Christmas gnome. Other traditions include displaying
    oranges decorated with cloves, ornamental yule goats and writing fun rhymes on gifts.

    South America

    Christmas in countries like Colombia are filled with spiritual vibes, religious ceremony and traditions.
    Festivities begin on December 7th where everybody from tiny towns to big cities get together and decorate
    streets, and both public and private areas with lights, candles and lanterns. This cross-country display
    honours the immaculate conception and businesses and organizations hold contests to judge the the best
    decorative light displays across the country. Manger scenes and Christmas carols can be seen and heard
    throughout the holiday season, and 9 consecutive days of church going and prayer and held before
    Christmas day. During these 9 days, churches often hold very large masses each night, filled with music
    and game. Churches hold these Christmas festivals all in an attempt to step away from commercialism of
    the holidays and have communities focus on the religious meaning of Christmas.

    North America

    Christmas in America is a magical time of year. It seems that the entire country shifts in to a more
    whimsical and charitable state. It’s no surprise that north American Christmas is a mishmash of worldly
    traditions all clumped together in to a big, beautiful winter long commemoration. Decorations are often
    seen for as long as there is snow on the ground, and big cities like New York become massive tourist
    attractions with stunning annual Christmas themed sights to behold. Radios, television, theater, city
    centers, streets and businesses are transformed in to a winter-long Christmas themed spectacles. Children
    hang Christmas stockings, leave out cookies and milk for Santa Clause on Christmas eve and tune in to
    local news and radio stations to get live reports of Santa’s flying sleigh and reindeer sightings as he travels
    across the country delivering presents.

    Whatever your background and culture is, or wherever you live, Christmas is a time of year to spread love
    and cheer. A perfect way to send some love is with a thoughtfully chosen basket full of beautiful treats
    and gifts for that special somebody. Sharing a gorgeous bounty of elegant sweets and a bottle of wine is a
    wonderful way to spread joy over the holidays, and nothing looks better under the tree than a big
    luxurious basket of Christmas treats topped with a charming bow.
    Start a new tradition this year, and let Alexandria Gifts help you choose the perfect Christmas gift!

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