Christmas Around the World

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 …

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

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 …

Christmas in Germany Reverberates Around the World

If America truly is the melting pot of the world, then the pot reaches a boil around Christmastime, for this is the time of year that Christmas traditions from around the world converge, overlap and become so unified that it is sometimes difficult to tell where they truly began. As Ornamentshop.com continues its journey around …

Christmas in France: Elaborate Nativity Scenes

No worldwide tour of the traditions of Christmas would be complete without a stop in France. And just as if you were strolling down Avenue de Champs Elysses, it’s best to make this a long, leisurely stroll because you won’t want to miss a thing. Like you, Ornamentshop.com equates France with many worldwide, famous attractions, …

Christmas in Ethiopia: Symbolism Amid Fun, Games and Food

Ornamentshop.com’s global tour of the traditions of Christmas has revealed one basic truism: there are many similarities in Christmas customs, from food to decorations. That is, until the tour disembarks in Ethiopia. This African country, home to King Balthazar – one of the three kings – is nothing if not original in how it celebrates …