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  1. Christmas Around the World

  2. Christmas in Mexico • Christmas in Mexico is posadas and pinatas.

  3. 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.

  4. Pinata • 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.

  5. Christmas in Italy • La Befana, a kind old witch, searches for good boys and girls to leave gifts for.

  6. 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.

  7. Christmas in Sweden • Santa Lucia comes on December 13th. • The Christmas tree is decorated with real lighted candles.

  8. Christmas in Holland • Sinterklaas arrives in a steamboat from Spain with a white horse and dozens of helpers.

  9. December 6th • Children place their wooden shoes filled with carrots and hay by the fireplace for Sinterklaas’ horse.

  10. Christmas in America • Christmas in America is Christmas trees, gifts, tinsel, mistletoe, cards and that jolly old elf – Santa Claus.

  11. Christmas Trees • The Christmas tree is a custom taken from Germany. • The tree is covered with festive lights and colorful decorations.

  12. Tinsel • 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.

  13. Mistletoe • 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Elf • Test your skill. Could you becoming an Elf for the Jolly Old Elf himself.

  17. Wishing Youa Very Merry Christmas