With all the Holiday spirit swirling around us, it is difficult to see past what our own holiday traditions are. For example, your Christmas may mean opening presents at midnight, drinking hot toddies, and spending all of Christmas day eating and watching your drunk uncle talk politics, making everyone uncomfortable. Even beyond your own holiday traditions, America is filled with traditional holiday cheer that is just a reminder of the season. When you start to hear the Coca-Cola chimes and see the polar bear commercials on television, you better believe it is time to get those presents in order.
Really though, sometimes it is difficult to see outside our own holiday stupors into the world’s traditions. Every country has its own Christmas or holiday story it can tell, but we are so wrapped up in the Charlie Brown Christmas (not that there is anything wrong with that good man), that we forget learn what others have to offer. This Christmas and holiday season, it might be a good idea to ask your relatives what their holidays were like as kids. You may get a glimpse into the evolution of holiday traditions from people who were closer to a different homeland than America.
Until you get to catch up on old holiday traditions, take a look at the Christmas in Every Country Infographic below. Not only is it interesting to learn about the ways other countries celebrate Christmas, but you never know when you will have to pull out your random holiday fact at one of those holiday parties. Always be prepared, read up on your Christmas traditions around the world below!
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