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Christmas Ornaments From Around the World & Accompanying Traditions

The holiday season is celebrated all around the world and indeed with Christmas ornaments from around the world. Many countries and cultures have different and unique CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS. One of the ways in which we can share with friends and family around the globe is to properly greet them for the holidays.

A Handful of Countries & Christmas Ornaments From Around the World

In China they decorate with delicate paper lanterns hanging from trees. In Germany children search for a special ornament that Santa has hidden on the tree. Australians decorate for Christmas with Eucalyptus leaves and seashells adorning their tree. Russians celebrate Father Frost with decorations of snowflakes. Ukrainian's follow a tradition of trimming their tree with spiders and spider webs. In Norway young ladies traditionally wear wreaths adorned with candles on their heads. The Irish decorate with a candle in the window of their home. Common to almost all Christmas ornaments from around the world is the nativity scene and is especially predominate in European Christmas traditions. In Greece many homes decorate a ship with Christmas lights. A Yule log decorated with candles and greenery is used as a decorative focal point of homes in France. Regardless of where in the world you celebrate Christmas, there is an abundant array of Christmas ornaments from around the world and a variety of decorating techniques used for the holidays.

Who brings the gifts to children during the Christmas holiday? Check out the similarities and differences between some countries below.

Santa Claus
Red Velvet Santa
Australia
Finland
Ireland
Father Christmas Father Christmas with reindeer
Africa
Argentina
Chile
England
Great Britain
New Zealand
Portugal
Christ Child Baby Jesus in a craddle made of hay
Austria
Ecuador
France
Hotei-osho (Buddhist Monk) Buddhist monk in red sitting on mat
Hotei-osho (Buddhist Monk)
Hotei-osho (Buddhist Monk) Saint Nicholas with presents
Belgium
France
St. Nicholas Saint Nicholas wearing white clothes with a red cape blessing children
Belgium
Czech Republic
Greece
Holland
Hungary
Netherlands
Turkey Ukraine
Papai Noel Papi Noel with a green bag and presents
Brazil
Dun Che Lao Ren (Christmas Old Man) An old bearded man with white hair wearing a white outfit holding a wrapped gift and a red Christmas sock
China
Elf (Nisse) Elf - Nisse - wearing a red hat, green shirt, blue pants and red shoes
Denmark
Norway
Christkind (Angel) Angel - Christkind - wearing yellow clothes
Germany
Switzerland
Three Wise Men Three wise men looking at the Christmas star
Spain Syria Venezuela
Old Lady or Witch Buona Befana - Old Lady or Witch
Italy (Befana) Russia (Babushka)
Gnome Gnome with a long white beard wearing a red hat
Scandinavia (Julenisse) Sweden (Tomte)
Julebukk (Goat-like Buck) White goat-like Buck - Julebukk - with a bag full of presents on his back
Norway
Written by Dianne Weller
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