Christmas Around the World

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 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 …