Christmas Traditions around the World
December 2018

“Christmas Traditions around the World,” New Era, Dec. 2018, 21.

Christmas Traditions around the World

Christmas Traditions around the World


Most families have a nativity scene in their home. But baby Jesus isn’t added until Christmas Eve.


Christmas is celebrated January 7 because the Eastern Orthodox Church there uses the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.


Because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is celebrated during their summer break.


A traditional Christmas food in Ethiopia is wat, a thick and spicy stew with meat, eggs, and vegetables. It’s eaten on flatbread.

United Kingdom

In the U.K., Christmas crackers are popular. These crackers are cardboard tubes loaded with a small amount of explosive and wrapped in colored foil that are pulled apart to reveal toys, jokes, and a paper crown inside.


One of the most popular Christmas decorations in the Philippines is a parol. This is a bamboo pole or frame with a lighted star on top. It represents the star that guided the wise men to baby Jesus.


Many people in Colombia decorate their balconies and windows with red and white candles and lights.


In Mozambique, Christians celebrate Christmas, but December 25th is officially called Family Day.

United States

In the Unites States, it’s common to decorate gingerbread men or gingerbread houses with icing and candy.