Christmas is celebrated around the world in lots of different ways. Traditions include: Gift-giving, Special meals, Christmas trees and lights
Christmas is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ birthday isn’t known exactly, but many countries have chosen the 25th of December. Although it is a Christian holiday, it is also now a celebration for many non-Christians around the globe.
In Britain, we usually… • Eat a dinner of turkey, roasted potatoes and parsnips. • Tell stories about Father Christmas – he rides a sleigh pulled by reindeers and delivers presents. • Watch TV on Christmas Day to watch the Queen’s speech.
• What do you eat for you Christmas dinner? • What do you do with your family? • Do you watch the Queen’s speech? • What sort of presents do you get?
In Germany, they usually… • Eat differently depending on where they live. Some of them eat frankfurters, while other eat fish. • Tell stories of Christkindl – a small, angel-like child that comes to visit other children with presents. • Make Christmas lists for Christkindl, then draw pictures on it and cover it with sugar.
In Japan… • Only 1% of the population is Christian. • Most houses and shops still decorate their buildings to celebrate Christmas. • Fried chicken is often eaten on Christmas Day. They also make a special cake with strawberries and whipped cream.
In Russia… • Christmas is celebrated January 7th. • Some people do not eat until the first star appears on Christmas Eve. After this, they eat a dish called sochivo. It is made with rice, honey and fruit.. • A man called Father Frost comes to bring presents to children.
In Norway… • They give presents to each other on Christmas Eve. • Gifts are brought by small gnomes called ‘Nisse’. • One of their most famous traditions is giving a huge Christmas tree to the UK. This is to say thank you for the UK’s help during World War II.
In India… • Christmas is also known as ‘bada din’ in India. This means ‘the big day’. • Father Christmas comes to visit the children in India, he is also known as Christmas Baba in Hindi. • He delivers his presents on a horse and cart.
• What sort of food do they eat in Germany at Christmas? • What do Japanese people have on top of their cakes? • What date is Christmas celebrated in Russia? • Who brings the gifts to children in Norway? • How does Christmas Baba deliver presents in India?