Christmas Traditions

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Christmas is a time for traditions. Here are many Christmas traditions to get your Holidays off to a great start.

Christmas is probably the most widely celebrated festivals in the world. Although it is primarily a Christian festival, almost every person on the globe is aware of its concept. Following are the most common Christmas traditions, including variants in different cultures:
Santa Claus

Santa Claus
Christmas Traditions

The notion of Santa Claus is of prime importance during Christmas.

The Santa Claus that we know today is a result of many modifications of various folklore. It all started with Saint Nicholas, who used to give gifts to the poor.

Santa Claus also takes its inspiration from the Germanic Pagan God Odin.  Sinterklaas is a Dutch version of Santa Claus who is also known as Father Christmas.

Today, we mostly see parents dressed up as Santa, giving gifts to their children. Commercialization has also lead to Santa Clauses popping up in malls and marketplaces.

Traditional Christmas Cuisine

Traditional Christmas
Traditional Christmas Cuisine

A Christmas feast with family and friends is another important custom celebrated the world over. Christmas dishes vary from country to country.

For instance, a typical Christmas dinner in UK,USA and Canada would include among other things, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and yams while desserts would include puddings, pies, plum/fruit cakes along with apple cider and eggnog as drinks.

In Finland, Christmas ham with mustard is very popular, French Christmas cuisine would include Foie Gras, smoked salmon, oysters, Kouglof, and the Christollen is another popular German Christmas dessert.

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