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Christmas Around the World. Christmas in Mexico. Christmas in Mexico is posadas and pinatas. Posada. A posada is a religious parade that takes place for nine days before Christmas. Children dress as Mary and Joseph and look of a place to stay. Pinata.

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christmas in mexico
Christmas in Mexico
  • Christmas in Mexico is posadas and pinatas.
  • A posada is a religious parade that takes place for nine days before Christmas. Children dress as Mary and Joseph and look of a place to stay.
  • Pinata means gift. It is a paper mache figure filled with presents.
  • The pinata is hung from the ceiling.
  • Then blindfolded boys and girls take turns trying to hit it with a stick.
  • When it is cracked opened the children are showered with dolls, trinkets, candy and fruit.
christmas in italy
Christmas in Italy
  • La Befana, a kind old witch, searches for good boys and girls to leave gifts for.
she makes a list
She makes a list
  • If the children are good La Befeana leaves them presents.
  • But, if you’re a bad boy or girl La Befeana leaves you coals and ashes.
christmas in sweden
Christmas in Sweden
  • Santa Lucia comes on December 13th.
  • The Christmas tree is decorated with real lighted candles.
christmas in holland
Christmas in Holland
  • Sinterklaas arrives in a steamboat from Spain with a white horse and dozens of helpers.
december 6th
December 6th
  • Children place their wooden shoes filled with carrots and hay by the fireplace for Sinterklaas’ horse.
christmas in america
Christmas in America
  • Christmas in America is Christmas trees, gifts, tinsel, mistletoe, cards and that jolly old elf – Santa Claus.
christmas trees
Christmas Trees
  • The Christmas tree is a custom taken from Germany.
  • The tree is covered with festive lights and colorful decorations.
  • According to legend, a poor old woman was unable to provide decorations for her children’s Christmas tree. When she woke up she discovered that a spider had spun a magical silver web that covered the tree.
  • Today tinsel still adds a magical touch to our trees.
  • The evergreen leaves are a symbol of good luck. That is why it is hung in the doorway.
  • The kiss under the mistletoe is a symbol of peace.
christmas cards
Christmas Cards
  • This is an English custom.
  • The first card was sent in 1870.
  • Today it is a holiday greeting for family and friend near and far away.
christmas gifts
Christmas Gifts
  • The custom of giving gifts goes back to when the Wise Men came to Bethlehem baring gift.
  • Today Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, La Befana, and Father Christmas all around the world deliver gifts on this special day.
  • Test your skill. Could you becoming an Elf for the Jolly Old Elf himself.