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Christmas is the day that celebrate the birth
This date isn’t celebrate in the countries in
the same way. It depend of the customs that
the people have in their country.
It represent the peace and the union.
Christmas is a holiday commemorate every
year, usually in 25th December, that celebrate
the birth of Jesus Christ. This is a Christian
commemoration, but many people that aren’t
Christian celebrate at the same time this
Christmas is a holiday that celebrate the
birth of Jesus and represent the peace and
the union, but there are many ways to
celebrate it. The costums are different by a
country to another one.
In Portugal, the holiday is commemorate in
The cities and the villages exhibit a very
festive look before Christmas. Decorate the
public buildings and in some places put
enormous Christmas pines. The cribs and the
pines embellish many houses.
The family pass time together. Children
think that the person that give presents is
Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) that enter in
the house down the chimney. They open the
presents in the night of 24th December or in
the morning of 25th December.
The typical food is cod with potatoes and
In Italy, the traditions vary with the regions.
Italian children receive the presents in
different days. In the north of Italy is Father
Christmas, Babbo Natale or the Little
Jesus, that bring the presents in the day of
In Rome, the capital, Befana (a witch very
old but nice) fly in a sweep and throw the
presents into the chimneys.
The typical food is turkey, tradicional paste
and a very good red wine.
Christmas is a very popular
commemoration in United States of America.
There all the family help with the decoration
of the house. Hang stockings in the
chimney, put cards of Good Celebrations in
the walls and make garlands of popcorns.
The people decorate the Christmas tree
with canes of colourful sugar. They send
postcards to friends and family. The houses
are decorate with light bulbs. In Christmas,
children sing by streets and sometimes they
receive a coin.
In USA, Father Christmas is called by Santa
The typical food is turkey and French toasts.
In Germany, some families make calendars
very originals with ribbons and little packets
decoratives. On each Sunday of Advent they
light a candle of a crown. In this season, the
people eat many cakes. Children like help
their mothers in the kitchen. In the night of
24th December, the Little Jesus or Santa Claus
bring the presents to the Christmas Tree.
In the day of S. Nicolau, children left the
shoes at the door of the bedroom. At time of
dinner, mother bring the goose roast with red
cabbage and apples. In Epiphany, children
disguise of Wise Men and write their initials in
the doors of the houses.
In Germany, the typical food are pork,
smoked pork sausage and sausage.
In England, in the month of December
people send postcards to the family and the
friends. The postcards stay in the walls and
they only can be removed in 6th January. All
the houses are decorate in green and red.
Many children write letters to Santa Claus.
Christmas supper has, always, turkey with
chestnuts and the famous pudding.
In the night of Christmas, children walk in
the streets and sing Christmas songs. In
return, people give them little presents and
candies. In their houses, children hang
enormous stockings in the bed to receive
presents. To Santa Claus and his
reindeers, they left cakes and Port Wine in the
To Swiss children, Christmas is the
happiness of play in the snow, sledge and ski.
The houses and the pines are decorated
with many lights. Before the presents of
Father Christmas children receive sacks that
have an orange, a chocolate and sweet bread.
In Brazil, Christmas is commemorate in a
climate very hot. Like in Portugal, the most
typical dish is turkey or cod and milk pudding.
Some Brazilian people, celebrate Christmas
in the beach. They make picnics and eat meat.
It is typical eat too tropical fruits
(pineapple, melon, mango, grapes, …).
Christmas is a holiday that is commemorate
in many countries. It celebrate the birth of
Jesus Christ. The customs are different
depend of the country that celebrate it. This
is a Christian celebration but many people
that aren’t Christian celebrate Christmas too.