Category Archives: Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Christmas in Ireland: Saints, Scholars and Leprechauns

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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 […]

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Christmas in Greece: Where Symbolism, Tradition and Even Superstition Converge

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Is it an exotic land filled with exotic Mediterranean people or an earthy domain filled with down-to-earth fishermen? Is it a country whose people believe in goblin-like spirits hopping through the countryside or who kneel regularly in an Orthodox church? The answer is “yes,” for the land of Greece is rife with wonderful contradictions and […]

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