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Title: By Adam Koltunski

International Christmams
By Adam Koltunski
Spanish Christmas
  • Christmas Eve is known as Nochebuena or the
    Good Night. It is a time for family members to
    gather together to rejoice and feast around the
    Nativity scenes that are present in nearly every
    home. A traditional Christmas treat is turron, a
    kind of almond candy. Christmas is a deeply
    religious holiday in Spain. The country's patron
    saint is the Virgin Mary and the Christmas season
    officially begins December 8, the feast of the
    Immaculate Conception. It is celebrated each year
    in front of the great Gothic cathedral in Seville
    with a ceremony called los Seises or the "dance
    of six." Oddly, the elaborate ritual dance is now
    performed by not six but ten elaborately costumed
    boys. It is a series of precise movements and
    gestures and is said to be quite moving and
    beautiful .

Christmas in China
  • Christians in China celebrate by lighting their
    houses with beautiful paper lanterns and
    decorating their Christmas trees, which they call
    "Trees of Light," with paper chains, paper
    flowers, and paper lanterns. Chinese Children
    hang muslin stockings and await a visit from
    Santa Claus, whom they call Dun Che Lao Ren which
    means "Christmas Old Man.". The Christian
    children of China decorate trees with colourful
    ornaments. These ornaments are made from paper in
    the shapes of flowers, chains and lanterns. They
    also hang muslin stockings hoping that Christmas
    Old Man will fill them with gifts and treats.

Christmas in France
  • In France, Christmas is a time for family and for
    generosity, marked by family reunions, gifts and
    candy for children, gifts for the poor, Midnight
    Mass, and le Réveillon. The celebration of
    Christmas in France varies by region. Most
    provinces celebrate Christmas on the 25th of
    December, which is a bank holiday. However, in
    eastern and northern France, the Christmas season
    begins on 6 December, la fête de Saint Nicolas,
    and in some provinces la fête des Rois is one
    the most important holidays of the Christmas
    season. In Lyon, 8 December is la Fête de
    lumières, when Lyonnais pay hommage to the virgin
    Mary by putting candles in their windows which
    light up the village.

Christmas in Italy
  • In Italy, the Christmas season is so anticipated
    that the religious celebration begins early in
    December and continues throughout the month.
    Gifts are sometimes exchanged on December 25, but
    some families wait until Epiphany, a holiday
    celebrated on January 6, to formally exchange

Christmas in Poland
  • In Poland, Christmas Eve is a day first of
    fasting, then of feasting. The feast begins with
    the appearance of the first star there is no
    meat in the feast, and it is followed by the
    exchange of gifts. The following day is often
    spent visiting friends. Poland is a land of
    intriguing traditions. Its people have always
    combined religion and family closeness at
    Christmas time. Although gift giving plays a
    major role in the rituals, emphasis is placed
    more on making special foods and decorations.