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Dec 04 2012
5 years ago
1:42 PM MST

Hip2Save This Holiday: Christmas Around the World Tradition

Dec 04, 2012 @ 1:42 PM MST
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Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post submitted by reader, Kristi:

As a family we have a, “Christmas Around the World,” tradition. I have spent time learning about other cultures and their unique holiday traditions. Every year, we celebrate the way people from those other cultures celebrate. We eat a traditional dinner, read books, do activities, sing songs, and anything that is unique to that culture.

My personal favorite is when we celebrate Santa Lucia Day and have a Swedish Christmas celebration. Santa Lucia Day is the day people in Sweden celebrate the longer days ahead. We usually start with a traditional Swedish dinner. Our daughter then dresses as Santa Lucia and we all have homemade Lucia buns, which is common in Swedish homes. 🙂 Then we read a Swedish Christmas book called “Annika’s Secret Wish.” This is followed by making our own Yule Goats. After that we all gather around the TV and watch, “the Clown of the Jungle,” which is a very strange Donald Duck cartoon that everyone in Sweden watches on Christmas day.

Although not all of these activities are traditionally done on Santa Lucia day, we have fun spending an evening celebrating Christmas and learning about another culture. Some other countries that have fun traditions that are different than American traditions are Mexico, Germany, and Italy. And the best part is that many of them have traditions on days other than Christmas, so it is easy to pick a date to set these traditions for. The pictures above are of my daughter dressed as Santa Lucia, some of the Yule Goats we made, and of our shoes filled with candy the night after we celebrated German Christmas.

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