15 Photos That Show How Christmas Is Celebrated Around The World
6In the UK
The one thing that the UK does differently for Christmas is that they hang their stockings at the foot of their beds. This is unlike the rest of the world that hangs them over the fireplace for Santa. They are also known to wear paper crowns during the Christmas dinner and Christmas crackers which are just tubes that explode with confetti and prizes are used to start the evening joys.
Finnish people have a few traditions that other countries don’t. December 13 is seen as St. Lucia Day and on this day the eldest girl in each family is made to wear a white robe and a crown of candles while serving the family cookies, coffee or wine. Another unique tradition happens on Christmas day itself when many Finnish families take a trip to the sauna to relax.
Families in Croatia celebrate Christmas like most other families around the world. There are lights, feasts, and church services. But what many people do not know is that there is a Christmas monster whose folklore till scares children to this day. Children are told to clean their shoes or boots and to place them by the window for St. Nicholas who will fill them with treats. But, if you’ve been naughty you get twigs from Krampus.
When you think about Christmas you will think about a nice warm cozy house. The decorated Christmas tree in the corner with everyone indoors wrapped up but things are different in the land down under. Here, Christmas is celebrated outdoors and on the beach. They have seafood on the barbecue and a nice game of cricket to start off the festive season.
Across the United States, people celebrate Christmas the same way. They all have their lights and decorations up. Families go to church services and all gather for a Christmas meal together. Here you will also see many families leave milk and cookies for Santa who leaves the gifts he brings for the children under the Christmas tree.