Christmas Around the World

Northern California Christmas Traditions from Lisa Fulmer

Family Christmas Traditions, United States

The very ‘crafty’ Lisa Fulmer of Northern California shared some of her family traditions with us: One of the traditions my family has – that I never realized was different from anyone else until I got married and spent xmas with my in-laws – is to open gifts one at a time, rotating in turn,

Sew your own Christmas Presents with Handmade Christmas Gifts

Family Christmas Traditions, United States

Here is an interesting idea submitted by a reader about bringing a personal touch into every Christmas present you give. While I’m not a great sewer myself, I used to get hand-sewn gifts from my mother under the tree every year. There is something special about having a present with a custom tag that reads,

A Christmas Tree Ornament Every Year

Family Christmas Traditions, United States

My Christmas family tradition started with my father when I was three years old and I continue following his tradition.  Every Christmas my father would either make or purchase a tree ornament and write my name and the year on it.  He would then hang it on the tree.  My parents divorced when I was

Santa Around the World!

Christmas Around the World, Santa Claus

Santa Around the World! Santa is indeed a very popular figure around the world. To Christians in the African Republic of Ghana, Father Christmas comes from the jungle. In Hawaii he comes by boat. On the Nerang River in Australia he rides water skis, wears a white beard and red bathing trunks. In Brazil Grandpapa

Christmas in NZ

Australia, Christmas Around the World, New zealand

Christmas in NZ meg It’s Summer time in New Zealand around the Christmas season, a common activity is going to the beach or having a swim on Christmas! It’s quite funny singing Christmas carols about snow and snowmen! However there are alot of Christmas cards around with Santa sitting on the beach under a beach

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Balloons as ornaments!

Australia, Christmas Around the World, New zealand

Balloons as ornaments! Becky I spent 3 years in New Zealand about 15 years ago and I’ll never forget my first experience of a Kiwi Christmas tree. My family is from the USA and when it came time to start decorating the tree we had all our traditional Christmas ornaments that we had packed up

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Christmas in New Zealand

Australia, Christmas Around the World, New zealand

Christmas in New Zealand Staff Christmas comes in summertime in New Zealand, just as it does in Australia. Families often celebrate by having a picnic at the beach. The shops are decorated with scenes familiar to countries like England – Father Christmas with his red cloak and white beard, snow scenes; all this means Christmas

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Christmas Dinner

Australia, Christmas Around the World, New zealand

Christmas Dinner marilyn For our family in New Zealand Christmas Dinner is rast Lamb with mint sauce, Roast kumera, new potatoes (freshly picked from Grandmas garden and other fresh veges.)Dessert always includes Pavalova covered with whipped cream and strawberries. Christmas afternoon is spent out on the lawn under the big trees watching the children play

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A Kiwi Christmas

Australia, Christmas Around the World, New zealand

A Kiwi Christmas Mole In New Zealand Christmas is in summer so we usually have a barbecue or a picnic on Christmas day. My family ave a tree with prezzies under it and we have a big lunch usually consisting of chicken and turkey and potatoes and salad and such and for dessert we usually

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Christmas traditons in New Zealand

Australia, Christmas Around the World, New zealand

Christmas traditons in New Zealand Taniwha The New Zealand Christmas tree is called Pohutokawa and it’s flowers are a brillinat scarlet all during the Christmas season. Because Christmas occurs in summer here, New Zealanders do not have a tradition of snow and ice, but Santa still visits dresed in his red and white robes. Each

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