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    • Christmas Around the World
    • United States and Canada
      • Common decorations include Christmas trees, Ornaments, Lights, Wreaths, and Stockings
      • Children write letters to Santa asking for the presents they want
      • Presents are believed to be placed under the tree by Santa on Christmas Eve
      • Many attend Christmas Eve or Morning Church services.
    • England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
      • They send Christmas Cards
      • Hang mistletoe in hallways or a room
      • The day before Christmas groups of Kids
      • or Adults go door to door singing Carols.
        • Kids will ask for $ for themselves. Adults ask for $ for Charity.
      • Put lit candles in their windows on Christmas Eve
      • Roasted Turkey is the common main Christmas Dinner Course.
      • Scottish people usually hold their main Christmas celebration on New Year’s Day.
    • France
      • Families decorate with small nativity scenes
      • Children put their shoes in front of their fireplace for Father Christmas to fill with gifts.
      • Many families attend midnight Mass then have a festive supper called Le reveillon
    • Germany
      • Have Christmas trees that they decorate with lights, ornaments, and tinsel.
      • Spicy cakes called lebkuchen are made in various shapes and used as decorations.
      • Believe that Saint Nicholas visits children's homes on Saint Nicholas Eve, Dec. 5, and delivers candy and other sweets to be opened on Dec 6, St Nicholas Day
      • Then Christmas eve gifts are brought.
        • South Germany families believes Christkind
        • (Christ Child) brings the gifts
        • North German Families believe
        • Weihnachtsmann (Christmas Man) brings
        • them.
    • Mexico
      • The nine days before Christmas have special importance.
        • They are called posadas , which means inns or lodgings .
      • On each day, they reenact Mary and Joseph's search for lodgings on the first Christmas Eve.
      • After each ceremony they feast and celebrate, then the kids break piñatas
      • In some parts kids receive gifts on Christmas day
      • In most parts, it is believed that the wise men leave the presents on the eve of Epiphany.
    • Africa
      • The celebration of Christmas is not widespread.
      • But, they sing carols and hymns in their own languages.
      • Christmas is celebrated on
      • January 7 th.
      • The major celebration takes
      • place nearly two weeks later
      • at Epiphany .
    • Hanukkah
      • Also known as Chanukah
      • It is the Jewish Feast of Lights or Feast of Dedication
      • Begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev (approximately December)
      • Lasts 8 days
      • Each evening at sundown, the Hanukkah menorah is lit.
        • One candle per day.
          • The 1 st night-1 is lit.
          • 2 nd night- 2 are lit, so on
        • The menorah has 9 candles
        • The one in the middle (called the Shamash)
        • is used to light all the others
    • Kwanzaa
      • Begins on December 26 and lasts for seven days.
      • The holiday centers on the Nguzo Saba, seven principles of African American culture
        • Unity, Self-Determination, Collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, faith.
      • Each evening, families light one of the seven candles in the kinara and discuss the day's principle.
      • Families exchange zawadi (gifts),
      • which are usually homemade
      • Near the end of the holiday, the
      • community gathers for a feast called
      • karamu
    • To Sum It Up