Christmas Traditions

Each country has its own unique way of celebrating the Christmas season. Below is a small selection of our favourite traditions from around the world.

Poland

There is a superstition that if you put the carp’s scale in your wallet, you will be lucky and rich in the year to come.

England

An old tradition dictates that each member of the family must stir the Christmas pudding mix in a clockwise direction before it’s cooked, making a wish as they do.

Japan

Fried chicken is a popular dish on Christmas Eve, due to a particularly powerful advertising campaign.

The Netherlands

December 26 is called Second Christmas Day. Often the family goes out to a restaurant to eat on that day. Many concerts, recitals, and other musical performances make this Christmas Day special.

Iceland

Icelandic children leave a shoe on their bedroom windowsills for 12 days at Christmas. Unlike many countries that have one Father Christmas, Icelandic children have the Yuletide lads. Each night a different Yule lad fills the shoe with sweets or gifts ready to enjoy in the morning, unless you have been naughty of course!

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