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