The best part about the Christmas season is all the fun and family-focused traditions that come with this time of year. There are so many Christmas traditions that originate from all over the world, and are passed down from generation to generation. This news item will delve into a few of these rituals, some weird, all wonderful!
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The first of our tradition stories originates not only from one culture but many, including Spain and Germany. A pickle ornament is hidden somewhere on the Christmas tree, and the first person to find it amongst all the other tree ornaments receives an extra gift! It’s almost like winning the lottery!
This tradition originates from Caracas, Venezuela. From the 16th to the 24th December the busy streets of Caracas are closed off before 8am to motor vehicle traffic, providing plenty of space to the public who come skating along on their roller skates. It’s custom to attend the Misa de Aguinaldo (Early Morning Mass) so the public all skate to their churches just in time for the service. Wonder if they remove their skates?
In the Ukraine it’s a tradition to leave the spider’s webs on the Christmas tree because there is a folk tale that tells of a poor family who couldn’t decorate their Christmas tree but woke up on Christmas morning to find their tree decorated beautifully with spider webs which shined silver and gold in the morning sun. What a beautiful gift from Mother Nature!
For all the KFC lovers out there, perhaps a visit to Japan this Christmas is in order? The Japanese aren’t particularly religious, with less than one percent being Christian, so a relatively new tradition has been established in Japan of eating fried chicken on Christmas. The meal is followed by a delicious Christmas cake. The Japanese know how to do feasting!
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