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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