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15 Memorable Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Christmas Letters (Italy)

Italian children slip a “surprise” Christmas Letter under papa's dinner plate on Christmas Eve. In this letter, they promise to be good and obedient.

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Advent Wreaths (Denmark)

The first sign of Christmas in Denmark is a wreath decorated with four candles and red or purple ribbons. Hung on the door the first Sunday of Advent, one candle is lit each week until Christmas.

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Romance and Work (Japan)

Christmas Eve is considered a romantic day for couples, but Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan. Schools and businesses are normally open on December 25th.

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Santa Lucia Procession (Norway)

December 13th is celebrated in honor of the young girl martyr, Santa Lucia. Processions are led by a young "Lucia" in a white robe with a crown of lights on her head and a candle in her hand.

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Puppet Shows (France)

In Paris and Lyon, puppet shows are performed as part of the Christmas tradition. The most famous Christmas play presented by marionettes is "Bethlehem 1933".

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Giant Lantern Festival (Philippines)

For the last century, the Philippines has celebrated the Christmas season with elaborate lanterns. In recent years, the kaleidoscope-like lanterns have grown to almost 20’ and include thousands of lights.

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The First Star (Poland)

On Christmas Eve in Poland, all eyes point toward the sky in search of the first star. Once it appears, everyone exchanges good wishes. Then, families unite for a carefully planned Christmas supper.

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Gävle Goat (Sweden)

Every year since 1966, a tall straw Yule Goat exceeding 40’ has been built in the Gävle Castle Square. Pranksters have developed an even newer tradition: burning the goat down. They’ve been successful 37 times. It has also been subject to an attempted helicopter heist.

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Kristkindl (Austria)

Kristkindl is a golden-haired baby with wings that symbolizes Jesus. It is credited with delivering presents for children, as well as decorating and distributing Christmas trees in Austria.

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Banned (Scotland)

In Scotland, the Christmas season was discouraged in 1560 and officially banned from 1640 to 1958. Because of this, Scottish people are passionate about a holiday called Hogmanay.

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A Night of Rest for Women (Greenland)

On Christmas night, women in Greenland get to put their feet up and rest. It is traditional for the men to serve the women, bringing them food and coffee.

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Yule Cat (Iceland)

Yule never believe how crazy some Icelandic traditions are! In Iceland, if you don’t get new clothes before Christmas Eve, you’ll get eaten by the Yule Cat.

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Spiders (Ukraine)

The story of the Christmas spider that decorated a poor widow's tree is popular in Ukraine. It has become a tradition there to decorate trees with artificial spider webs.

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Apples (China)

The apple has come to symbolize the peace and quiet of Christmas Eve in China. Many stores sell apples wrapped in colored paper to give as gifts.

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Krampus (Austria)

The Krampus, a horned demon goat man, appears on the night before the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 5th. His job is to scare kids into being good.

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