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Christmas Traditions Around the World

Today on the TimberPlus Blog as part of our Advent Calendar, we’re taking a look at different Christmas traditions from around the world.

Australia – Christmas Day falls in the middle of the Australian summer, so the festivities generally take place outside – including the most popular, called Carols by Candlelight in which people come together at night to light candles and sing Christmas carols under the night sky.

Sweden – the season begins on December 13th with St. Lucia’s Day, a day to celebrate the patron saint of light. A Swedish Christmas tradition involves the eldest daughter of the family dressing as the Queen of Light in a long white dress and a crown of leaves. With the help of any younger siblings it is then her job to serve coffee and treats to each member of the family.

Mexico – the weather is warm in Mexico over the Christmas holidays. A typical tradition in the country is the creation of intricate lanterns using brown paper bags, which are left outside to light up the community with the spirit of Christmas.

Holland – children in Holland spend the whole year waiting for the arrival of Sinterklaas, who visits on St. Nicholas Day, December 6th. Dressed in red robes and a pointy hat, he travels on a boat from Spain to Amsterdam every winter, bringing with him his white horse and a sack full of presents.

Czech Republic – single women in the Czech Republic partake in an unusual ritual on Christmas Eve, to determine whether or not they’ll get married in the following twelve months. With their back to the house, they throw one of their shoes over their shoulder. If the heel lands towards the door, the lady will remain single for another year. If the front of the shoe points towards the door, she should start preparing for a wedding!