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A Few Christmas Traditions from Around the World

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December 17, 2021

In Ireland, an old tradition of leaving a lit candle in the window after sunset represents Mary and Joseph's welcoming light.

In Croatia, the tradition of the Advent wreath is strong. The candle wreath represents hope, peace, joy, and love.

In Chile, the nativity scene is an important tradition. The traditional Christmas cake is ‘Pan de Pascua', which is similar to Panettone.

In Belgium, children believe that 'Sinterklass' brings presents on December 5th and 6th. The children leave their shoes in front of the fireplace with a biscuit or small gift for Sinterklass. The visit of Sinterklass is separate from Christmas since Christmas is a more religious festival.

In Australia, Christmas is celebrated when it is the summer season in Australia, so many children are on holiday during this time. Australians decorate their houses with 'Christmas Bush', a native tree with small green leaves and flowers. In December, the flowers turn a deep red color, which is perfect for decorating at Christmas time. ​

​How do you say Merry Christmas around the world?

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