Christmas In Different Lands – 2013 Edition

MKB Christmas in Different Lands

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MKB Christmas in Different Lands

  • Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870?
  • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers?
  • Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850?
  • Many European countries believed that spirits, both good and evil, were active during the Twelve Days of Christmas. These spirits eventually evolved into Santa’s elves, especially under the influence of Clement C. Moore’s The Night Before Christmas (1779-1863) illustrated by Thomas Nast (1840-1902)?
  • Bolivians celebrate Misa del Gallo or “Mass of the Rooster” on Christmas Eve. Some people bring roosters to the midnight mass, a gesture that symbolizes the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus?
  • In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.

You will know even more about Christmas traditions around the world by joining our Christmas in Different Lands celebration!

Christmas in Different Lands from Multicultural Kids Blogs

Multicultural bloggers from different countries and origins are thrilled to bring you a 24 day series of Christmas in Different Lands. Each day one of us will share with you traditions, books, crafts or recipes about Christmas celebrations in their country of choice. Stop by and visit their website on the date listed below to learn more about celebrating Christmas around the world.

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Please link up your own posts with Christmas traditions, crafts, and recipes from your country. We will add them to our Christmas Around the World Pinterest board and share them through our social media. You are also welcome to request to join the community of multicultural kid bloggers on Facebook.

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Natalie is an engineer and a project manager working for a big technology company in Silicon Valley. She was born and raised in the former Soviet Union, married to a German and raising her daughter to be knowledgeable and respectful of different cultures and traditions around the world. Natalie is passionate about supporting gifted children and all things STEM.

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23 thoughts on “Christmas In Different Lands – 2013 Edition”

  1. What a great idea preparing Christmas day by talking about Christmas traditions all over the world! I will join soon (by saturday 7th december) with a video of the reading of the book “Avventura di Natale”. This is an extraordinary story written in 1950 by an italian author and beautifully illustrated by a famous italian illustrator. The story is in italian but I am sure that even those who don’t understand the text, will appreciate the illustrations and therefore understand part of the story!

  2. I’m really looking forward to being part of this and reading everyone else’s posts. At work, I need to organise a Christmas quiz and I might end up creating a series of questions based on what I learn about Christmas around the world here!

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  4. Great idea! I look forward to browsing these posts. I’m also hosting an Expat Christmas series on Thrifty Travel Mama. We’ll have Singapore, Croatia, Ireland, Finland, New Zealand, Germany, and The Netherlands posted between now and Christmas Day. Thanks for the link up!

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  6. I am so excited! My son’s class is doing Christmas Around the World and I am sharing all info with him. My daughter loves hearing about Christmas around the world, too. Thank you so much!

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  14. It looks like you’ve had a great month of cultural blogs! Very cool! I think teaching children about other cultures is awesome! I know it’s shaped who I am today. Wishing you greater success in 2014!

  15. I’m a little late on catching up on these posts, but so grateful to everyone for putting this together and for posting about these various Christmas traditions – it has been so interesting to read!

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