Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way... 

Here comes the Best time of the year, decorations and ornaments are filling corners, family and friends laughter filling homes, lovers got their time, kids' wishes on the air, Churches open their arms with waves of Blessings, and more. Its the Christmas Time!

Let's Explore How the different destinations on your wanderlust are celebrating Christmas Eve in their own different traditions and unique ways. 


  • Japan 


Christmas celebrations in Japan are way different than the other Christian countries. The fest is taking more romantic themes for couples, yet Japanese families tend to get the tradition of KFC fried chicken buckets, unlike the Americans and other countries' traditional turkey dinners.

In fact, Christmas in Japan is not a national holiday however Japanese citizens find it a nice time to celebrate even with the imported fest.



  • Sweden 


The Yule Goat, or the traditional Sweden symbol that was featured in 1966 as a giant goat straw representation statue in Gävle’s Castle Square for the Advent, surrounded by folks trying to burn it down. Since then it has been burnt 29 times. 

Many stories were built behind the goat burning, the most famous of them is the victory over evil to start the new year. 



  • Poland 


Having a basic celebration in warm houses, ornaments, gifts, and the traditional dinner comes in Poland and many European countries alike. Imagine if you are walking through the streets of Home alone Movie.
By the side of the sweet homes, people tend to go to the Christmas markets for a special banquet with traditional cuisine, especially the fish, crab, and seafood dishes. 



  • The United Kingdom


Here we came to the eye candy, where the Christmas ornaments fill every corner of the city. It's the United Kingdom's celebrations!

The decorated tree, children hanging socks at the foot of beds and chimineas, paper crowns, and Christmas crackers. All give you the best traditional Christmas celebration for your Christmas-new year vacation travel. 


  • Philipin 


Again with the giant representations and folk celebrations, here we reached the giant lantern of San Fernando – the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.” A Christmas celebration with a lantern of the paper de Japon paper origami - Japanese art - lantern, whereas 11 villages are competing to build and decorate the Best electric-illuminated Christmas Lantern. 



  • Greece


Once again back to basics, where Christmas used to be celebrated at Churches with the holy water sprinkling to get the evil spirits away through the chimney. As well, preserving the traditional dinner, and deserts along with gifts unwrapping sent by saint Basil. 

Pro tip: Keeping candles burning for the 12 days of Christmas is a way to protect the home from the kallikantzaroi.



  • Australia

Christmas in Australia is the annual family time gathering and celebrating home-made food, music, dance, gifts, and playing cricket.
In picnics and beach barbecues, Australian families tend to make their special calm type of Christmas.



  • Argentina 


Here we got the optimal Latin Christmas, with loud music, fireworks, decorated lanterns, ornaments, friends and family gatherings, for late dinners on Christmas Eve night and overnight parties.


Spain, Brazil, and Portugal families all got similar Christmas Eve celebrations with food & beverage, pork, ham, rice, nuts, and fruits,  music, fireworks, gifts unwrapping, the midnight mass Missa Do Galo (Rooster Mass) in the warmest and most colorful celebrations for the fest.
As for Christmas in Mexico, the season starts earlier in December with Las Posadas (a religious march that re-enacts the journey of Mary and Joseph).

Bounce: Brazilians have their salary doubled in December.



  • France


Christmas in France bears lots of shopping within the ornamented streets and shops. Deserts are filling tables, wine being sprinkled, and teases everywhere. It's said that the Yule log often gets burnt on Christmas Eve night.  



  • India 


Christmas in India could not be compared to the other Festivals of India, respectively it's a minor fest celebrated by Christians while attending the mass, hanging ornaments, lanterns, with food, beverage, and fruit for the whole Christmas night.



  • South Africa


Following the calm Christmas celebrations traditions with the ornamented tree, family gathering for dinner, and music, the different regions of South Africa celebrate Christmas. 



  • Kenya 


Christmas in Kenya is celebrated where people also have their Christmas Eve prayers in churches for a blessing until midnight then having the dinner with the special dishes of goat, sheep, rice, and chapati flatbread called "nyama choma." 


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