There is a magical something about this time of year; no matter which traditions you hold dear this holiday, they are all a Wee World Wonder in their own unique ways. Here are some cool Christmases from around the world:
~Greeting cards are sent to friends and family as a way of reaching out and getting in touch during a time of year that is about togetherness.
~The province of Nova Scotia is known worldwide for its fir and pine Christmas trees. Many people decorate these handsome trees in their homes.
~Many Canadians participate in a cookie exchange. Pick your favourite kind, bake them and trade them with a group of friends to get a variety.
~The nativity scene was made popular in Italy in 1223 by St. Francis Assisi. Many Italian families have this representation of the Christmas story in their homes.
~On Christmas Eve nobody eats until the big feast which takes place after Midnight Mass.
~An old custom has the children go out caroling dressed as Sheppards.
~India's celebrations of Christmas are significantly smaller than those of the rest of the world due to many diverse beliefs there.
~Instead of decorating a Christmas tree, it's more common to decorate a banana or mango tree.
~The "Christmas Baba" delivers gifts to children by horse-and-cart.
~Down under, Christmas takes place during kids' summer vacation.
~When Santa arrives in Australia, they say he lets his reindeer have a rest; while he employs the help of kangaroos.
~Christmas Bush is a native Australian plant. Their creamy white flowers turn flaming-red just in time for Christmas, making them a popular decoration.