Bloggers' Christmas Around The World

15 December 2018

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For today's post, I thought we'd do something a little different around these parts and take a look at various Christmas traditions from around the world. Now, I was considering researching a tonne of different countries on Google and then collating them together in this post, but ended up coming up with a much better idea... I thought I'd ask bloggers/influencers from various places around the world to describe how their country celebrates Christmas, neat huh? So, just before we start, I just want to thank the six absolute babes that helped me write this post, it means a lot!

Portugal 
On Christmas Eve extended families (aunts, uncles, cousins) will all have dinner and then open their presents at midnight. Then, on Christmas day, families tend to have lunch with their grandparents which usually consists of cod. - Marta, A Place In Her Heart

Mexico 
Families will wait up until midnight on Christmas Eve so that they can "wake up" baby Jesus and bring him in Christmas morning. - Sandra, @sandratalcaraz

Finland
Finns believe that Santa Claus (Joulupukki) lives in the northern part of Finland called Lapland, not the North Pole. Christmas Eve is the most important day over Christmas in Finland. The festivities begin with a rice porridge that has an almond hidden in it. The person who gets it is said to have good fortune the next year. The Christmas tree is brought in after lunch and decorated, and Christmas dinner is served the evening of the 24th. Santa Claus usually pays a visit after dinner and gives everyone their presents. Christmas day itself is usually a much more relaxed day spent at home. - Anu, Based On Blog 

The Netherlands
On the 5th of December "Sinterklass" (Saint Nicholas) brings the children presents and is a totally separate holiday to Christmas. This is a day full of gifts, food, songs, and poems. Christmas day itself is then typically spent eating a family meal and attending a church service. - Marta, A Place In Her Heart

Austria 
If children have been good then Saint Nikolaus will bring children gifts on the night of the 5th of December, but if they have been bad then Krampus - who is part goat and part demon - punishes them. Children also write to the Christkind and not Father Christmas when making their wishlists. - Emina, Real Talk with Emina

Turkey
Christmas itself isn't celebrated in Turkey, but people put up Christmas trees and Santa decorations to celebrate New Years. - Doga, @dogagirinti


Do you know any other interesting Christmas traditions? 

2 comments

  1. This is so interesting! I never really thought that Christmas could be so different in other countries

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  2. Such an interesting post. 10373884% want to go to Finland for a few days in December one year as they sound right up my street aha. Amazing how so many people spend Christmas differently and also so interesting how Christmas Eve is actually more important that Christmas Day.

    Love this post.

    One of my favourite I’ve read over Christmas!
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