Christmas Around the World

The Most Amazing Christmas Trees From Around The World

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One of my favorite things about Christmas is that, no matter where you are in the world, you’ll find people celebrating in their own special way. Of course, Christmas traditions extend far beyond the walls of any single home. In many cities, entire communities work together to celebrate the holiday, unified in the name of …

Christmas in Sweden: A Celebration of the Smorgasbord

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No matter where you live and no matter what your family history, you’d be hard-pressed to deny: the communal celebration of food and good cheer brings families together as much as any other Christmas tradition. As Ornamentshop.com continues its global tour of Christmas traditions, it would be bad table manners, to say the least, to …

Christmas in Poland: History, Family, Food and Generosity

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Give the French credit for bringing the word “gourmet” into the mainstream. And never forget that the Italians have made pasta and marinara sauce as common on American menus as Mexicans have made tacos and burritos. But don’t let the people in these countries lull you into thinking that they—and they alone—corner the market on …

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 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 …