Essay Christmas Traditions

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Father Christmas is called Pére Nöel. He ‘travels’ with his companion Pre
Fouettard who reminds Pére Nöel how each child has behaved this year!
On Christmas Eve, children leave their shoes by the fireplace to be filled by
Pére Nöel. In the morning they may also find that sweets, fruits, nuts and toys have also been hung on their Christmas tree.

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Some Norwegian children (particularly those that live in the countryside) remember a little gnome called Nisse at Christmastime.
He guards all the farm animals, and he plays tricks on the children if they forget to place a bowl of special porridge for him.

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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.
The Chinese Christmas trees are called ‘Trees of Light’. Santa Claus is called
Dun Che Lao Ren (‘Christmas Old Man.’).

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Father Christmas is called Svaty Mikalas. It is thought that he climbs down from heaven on a golden rope accompanied by an angel and a devil!
Celebrations begin with his visit on 6th December and ends with the visit of the
Three Kings on 6th January.

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Christmas in South Africa is a summer holiday! Do you know why?
Homes are decorated with pine branches and a Christmas tree. At bedtime on Christmas
Eve, children may also hang up their stockings.
Most people spend their Christmas Day outside or on the beach. Carol singers make their rounds on Christmas Eve and Church services are held on Christmas morning.
Many South Africans have their Christmas Turkey dinner in the open-air or have a barbecue. Where in
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In Austria, baked carp is served for the traditional Christmas dinner. Do you know what that is?
On 6th December, Heiliger Nikolaus (or St. Nicholas), is said to reward good children with sweets, nuts and apples.

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Canada is a HUGE country and has several different traditions, depending on where you live! Here are just a couple…
In Nova Scotia, a country settled by Scottish highlanders, songs and carols brought from Britain two centuries ago are sung each Christmas morning.
In an area called Labrador, turnips are saved from the summer harvest and are given to children, with a lighted candle pushed into a hollowed out hole.

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Papai Noel or Father Noel is the gift-bringer in Brazil.
According to legend, he lives in Greenland. When he arrives in Brazil, he usually wears silk clothing due to the summer heat.
A Brazilian Christmas dinner might include turkey, ham, coloured rice, and wonderful vegetable and fruit dishes

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Everybody's house is given a very good clean in readiness for Christmas.
The Christmas tree is set up on Christmas Eve. Apples and other fruits, candies, paper flags, cotton and tinsel are used as decorations and candles are used for lighting it.

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Christians in India decorate banana or mango trees.
They also light small oil-burning lamps as Christmas decorations and fill their churches with red flowers. They give presents to family members and charity to poorer people.
In South India, Christians put small clay lamps on the rooftops and walls of their houses at Christmas, just as the Hindus do during their festival called Diwali.

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On December 16th, families bring out their pesebres (specially designed models of the nativity scene).
On January 6th when some children awaken, they discover that the straw that they had left beside their bed the night before has gone and they know that the
Magi (the Wise Men) and their camels have been. Gifts are…