How is ChristmasHow is Christmas
celebrated around thecelebrated around the
In Australia, Santa'sIn Australia, Santa's
sleigh is pulled bysleigh is pulled by
eight white kangaroos.eight white kangaroos.
Christmas dinner isChristmas dinner is
eaten outdoors and iseaten outdoors and is
followed by a visit tofollowed by a visit to
the beach or a gamethe beach or a game
of cricket.of cricket.
In Switzerland, duringIn Switzerland, during
the holiday season thethe holiday season the
Star SingersStar Singers
(Sternsingers) dressed as(Sternsingers) dressed as
the Three Kings paradethe Three Kings parade
through the streets ofthrough the streets of
cities and towns singingcities and towns singing
Christmas songs.Christmas songs.
Santa visits in a specialSanta visits in a special
fairytale tram and givesfairytale tram and gives
the children a ridethe children a ride
through the city, singingthrough the city, singing
songs with them andsongs with them and
sharing a basket full ofsharing a basket full of
In Mexico, childrenIn Mexico, children
sometimes leave theirsometimes leave their
shoes out instead ofshoes out instead of
On Christmas Eve there isOn Christmas Eve there is
a parade of singersa parade of singers
carrying bells and candlescarrying bells and candles
on top of long poles. Theyon top of long poles. They
wind through the streetswind through the streets
until they get to the localuntil they get to the local
FELIZ NAVIDAD YFELIZ NAVIDAD Y
PROSPERO AÑO NUE VO!!!PROSPERO AÑO NUE VO!!!
In Kenya, the churches areIn Kenya, the churches are
decorated with balloons,decorated with balloons,
ribbons, flowers and greenribbons, flowers and green
plants as well as Christmasplants as well as Christmas
Christmas dinner is often aChristmas dinner is often a
barbecue with familybarbecue with family
members traveling from farmembers traveling from far
away to be together againaway to be together again..
In Norway, on ChristmasIn Norway, on Christmas
Eve, a bowl of porridge,Eve, a bowl of porridge,
"nisse" is left in the barn"nisse" is left in the barn
for the gnome who protectsfor the gnome who protects
the farm.the farm.
When the children first seeWhen the children first see
their Christmas tree alltheir Christmas tree all
decorated, with presentsdecorated, with presents
underneath, the familyunderneath, the family
joins hands and circles thejoins hands and circles the
tree singing carols.tree singing carols.
In Germany, childrenIn Germany, children
decorate their Christmasdecorate their Christmas
Lists with pictures and thenLists with pictures and then
leave them on the windowsillleave them on the windowsill
overnight, weighed downovernight, weighed down
with a little sugar so theywith a little sugar so they
won't be missed by Fatherwon't be missed by Father
There is a flower inThere is a flower in
Germany called theGermany called the
Christmas Rose whichChristmas Rose which
blooms even in the snow andblooms even in the snow and
Frohes WeihnachtsfestFrohes Weihnachtsfest
So why do a lot of people around the world giveSo why do a lot of people around the world give
presents at Christmas?presents at Christmas?
Most people think it relates to the three wise menMost people think it relates to the three wise men
bringing gifts to baby Jesus when he was born.bringing gifts to baby Jesus when he was born.
Christians believe it is more important to give a giftChristians believe it is more important to give a gift
than to receive one.than to receive one.
What gift would you take to baby Jesus?What gift would you take to baby Jesus?