Whether it’s the Christmas tree, mistletoe, hanging stockings or Santa Claus, Christmas around the world is celebrated with full fervor with family and loved ones. While there may be some common Christmas traditions around the globe, it’s interesting to note the various ways people celebrate Christmas in different countries.
Billions of people across continent mark this festive occasion with some usual and some unusual traditions. Ever wondered how people celebrate this festive day in Germany or India? We’ve compiled a list of countries that have their own special ways to say “Merry Christmas!”
Christmas trees are super important in Germany. Mothers of young children secretly decorate Christmas trees to surprise their kids. The tree is kept in the home on Christmas Eve where the family reads the bible together and sings Christmas carols. A famous German tradition is to hide a glass pickle in the Christmas tree. The child who finds it is given a present later that day. Sounds like fun!
While the entire world experiences cold temperatures, so much so with freezing temperatures around Christmas, it’s not quite the same with Australia. Since its peak summers, the Australians celebrate this festive season at the beach, or even go camping! The Christmas bush is a common feature in Australian homes around Christmas. While there aren’t any reindeers, the Australian kangaroo is always there to take the job and be Santa’s friend!
Christmas in the subcontinent is celebrated with full fervor. Since this part of the world doesn’t have too many pine trees, the Indians decorate mango and banana trees instead with decorations. They sing Christmas carols in church and at home and exchange presents with each other.
Ukraine has one of them most eccentric Christmas traditions. The people in Ukraine decorate Christmas trees with spider webs. This tradition continues as part of legend that says a spider visited poor family’s home and turned the webs in their home into precious gold and silver. Therefore, most homes in this country decorate trees with spider webs as they believe it will bring wealth and prosperity.
While there are not many Christians in Taiwan, the celebrations take place in full swing. Many shops and stores sell Christmas items and decorations around the festive time. English schools often arrange Christmas celebration for children and their parents. They exchange presents, sing Christmas carols and have a full day or celebration with their family and friends.
While the Santa Claus, mistletoe, hanging socks and more are common in the US and UK, various worldwide traditions are equally interesting and sound fun. Ever thought of celebrating Christmas across continents or in a different country? Book a flight to Taiwan or Ukraine one of the holiday seasons to check out the various traditions. You never know; your Christmas may start only at the airport when you receive discounted airline tickets or an upgrade to first class as a holiday present! What more can one ask for as a Christmas gift?!