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Christmas traditions Vary, but Spirit Remains the Same

Evelyn Perez, Rookie Reporter

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Christmas, the favorite holiday for many of us, we decorate our houses, eat our favorite foods, pass time with family and friends, sing Christmas carols, open presents, and eat more food.

But have you ever thought about how other families in other part around the world celebrate Christmas? Do they have a family dinner? Do they even celebrate? Well, here are a couple of examples for you to realize that not everywhere is the same.

Let’s start with Australia, where the holiday comes in the middle of summer and it’s not unusual to some parts in Australia to hit 100 degrees on Christmas Day. during the warm and sunny Australian Christmas season, beachtime and outdoor barbecues are common. Traditional Christmas include family gatherings, exchanging gifts and either a hot meal with ham, turkey, pork, seafood or barbecues.

Most Canadian Christmas traditions are very similar to those practiced in United States. In the far north of the country, the Invit celebrate a winter festival called “sinck tuck”, which features parties with dancing and the exchange of gifts.

In Japan, Christmas is less a religious occasion and more a commercial event owing to the fact that only about 1% of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian. And yet, Christmas is not a family occasion in Japan. The occasion holds a special meaning mainly for young people, especially women and teenagers. For young children, it is the time to receive presents and for women is the time to spend time with their special one.

In Germany, kids can not take part in the beautification of the Christmas tree. It is believed that the tree has some mysterious spell for all young eyes that rest on it before Christmas Eve. The father usually keeps the children in a separate room while the mother brings out the Christmas tree from a hidden place and decorates it with apples, candy, nuts, cookies, cars, trains, angels, tinsel, family treasures and candles or lights.

Last but not least, Christmas in Nigeria is a family event, a time when lots of family members eat together to celebrate and have fun. Most families who live in cities travel to the villages where their grandparents and older relatives live. The church choir may visit the church congregation in their homes to sing Christmas carols to them. Christmas card sent to friends and family members. Presents are exchanged between family members and some families may take their children dressed in new outfits to see Santa Claus.

Although this holiday is celebrated in different ways, they all keep the same purpose, spend time with the people you love.

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