Christmas Around The World

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Christmas Around The World

  1. 2. Sweden God Jul! <ul><li>Celebrate St. Lucia Day on Dec 13 th </li></ul><ul><li>Families do everything by torch or candlelight </li></ul><ul><li>Light is the main theme of St. Lucia Day </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrated by an national parade where a person is picked to portray St. Lucia. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Finland Hyvää Joulua! <ul><li>Usually visit the sauna </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to the “Peace of Christmas” radio broadcast </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional to visit the gravesites of departed family members </li></ul>
  3. 4. Norway Gledelig Jul! <ul><li>Norway is the birthplace of the Yule Log </li></ul><ul><li>The holiday celebration is usually centered around the fireplace </li></ul>
  4. 5. Germany Froehliche Weihnachten! <ul><li>Originally was a winter solstice celebration </li></ul><ul><li>They were the first to start decorating Christmas Trees! </li></ul><ul><li>When Prince Albert married Queen Victoria the tradition spread to England then eventually to the USA </li></ul>
  5. 6. Mexico Feliz Navidad! <ul><li>In Mexico they hang a piñata from the ceiling and allow children to take turns hitting the piñata until it breaks, sending a shower of treats to the floor </li></ul><ul><li>Poinsettia plants originally came from Mexico from Joel R. Poinsett. </li></ul>
  6. 7. England Merry Christmas! <ul><li>An Englishman named John Calcott Horsley helped to popularize the tradition of sending Christmas greeting cards </li></ul><ul><li>They celebrate Christmas much like we do. </li></ul><ul><li>Hanging stockings came from the legend of St. Nick </li></ul>
  7. 8. France Joyeux Noël! <ul><li>In France, Christmas is called Noel. Which comes from a phrase which means “the good news” </li></ul><ul><li>In southern France they burn a log from Christmas eve to New Years Day to give them good luck for the next year </li></ul>
  8. 9. Italy Buone Natale! <ul><li>Italians call Chrismas Il Natale , meaning &quot;the birthday&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Italians celebrate numerous holidays throughout December and January </li></ul>
  9. 10. Ukraine Srozhdestvom Kristovym! <ul><li>The family prepares a traditional 12 course meal </li></ul><ul><li>The youngest child watches in the window for the evening star to appear </li></ul><ul><li>Once the star appears the feast can begin </li></ul>
  10. 11. Greece Kala Christouyenna! <ul><li>In Greece, many people believe in kallikantzeri , goblins that appear to cause mischief during the 12 days of Christmas. </li></ul><ul><li>Gifts are usually exchanged on January 1, St. Basil's Day. </li></ul>

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