Christmas Around the World

Christmas in Norway: An Intriguing Trifecta of Angels, Trolls and Gnomes

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In the early days, Christmas in Norway was hardly more than a festival that marked the transition from winter to spring. But there was good reason to celebrate: the northern portion of the country, called “the land of the midnight sun,” had been shrouded  in complete darkness. So when the mugs of juleol (beer) clinked …

Christmas in the Netherlands: Where the Beloved Figure of Sinterklaas Looms Large

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Mention the Dutch and you probably think of windmills, tulips and the classic “clog” shoes that once were a fashion phenomena in the United States. But during Christmas in the Netherlands, a man named Sinterklaas takes center stage. Wearing the clothes of a bishop and riding a horse throughout a parade, this “king” among men …

Christmas in Mexico: Colorful as a Poinsettia, Zesty as Mole Poblano

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If you’ve ever been a kid and you’ve been to a birthday party, chances are that you’ve also taken a swing at a piñata.  But during Christmas in Mexico, you don’t have to be a kid, and it doesn’t have to be a kid’s birthday to watch with anticipation as candy comes tumbling out of …

Christmas in Italy: One of the Holiest of Places

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If Ornamentshop.com’s tour of Christmas traditions around the world had a “must-see” port of call, then it almost certainly would be Italy.  Wonderful Christmas in Italy! After all, this is the home of the Vatican – the very pulse, if not the heart and soul, of the Roman Catholic Church. Thousands of Italians and people …

Christmas in Ireland: Saints, Scholars and Leprechauns

People around the world love to celebrate their “inner Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day, but the people of the Republic of Ireland do not celebrate every holiday with the fervor of a heel-kicking leprechaun. One surprise of Ornamentshop.com’s global tour of Christmas traditions around the world is Christmas in Ireland.  The Irish have a quiet …