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On the Tenth Day of “Crownsmas…”

Holidays Around the World

Karlie Blaz, Crown Staff

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Every year we take a break off from school to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones. We sip some hot chocolate, get into a few snowball fights, and open presents on Christmas morning. However, America is not the only country with Christmas traditions.

Greece– A vital and traditional piece to a Greek Christmas is the sailboat. Many children run around caroling on Christmas Eve with small, handcrafted toy boats they fill with nuts and candy.

Chile-Since it is so warm during Christmas time in Chile, there are huge outdoor feasts on Christmas Eve where custom dishes such as “Cola de Mono” (which is a concoction of coffee, cinnamon, milk, sugar, and liquor) are made and eaten. Other foods such at barbecue turkey, chicken, and pork are made and enjoyed. All presents are then opened at Midnight.

Kenya– Instead of pine trees, cypress trees are commonly strung with lights, ribbons, and ornaments. In large cities and towns, fake snow is put outside of stores for people can enjoy a white Christmas!

Poland- A vast majority of the population is Catholic, so Christmas is one of the most important days that Poland celebrates. The entire house is cleaned; windows scrubbed, floors washed, and new clothes are worn throughout the day. Straw is then placed on the floor as a reminder that Jesus was born in a stable and that he comes from the poor.

New Zealand– Instead of cookies and milk, they leave beer and pineapple chunks out for St. Nick. Carrots are also left out for his reindeer. Since New Zealand celebrates Christmas in the middle of their summer, many people go to the beach or camping.

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