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Star lover
December 15th, 2017, 07:58 AM
Today.....Part 2 of:

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Saint Nicholas’ Day, Germany: Not to be confused with Weihnachtsmann (Father Christmas), Nikolaus travels by donkey in the middle of the night on December 6 (Nikolaus Tag) and leaves little treats like coins, chocolate, oranges and toys in the shoes of good children all over Germany, and particularly in the Bavarian region. St. Nicholas also visits children in schools or at home and in exchange for sweets or a small present each child must recite a poem, sing a song or draw a picture. In short, he’s a great guy.

But it isn’t always fun and games. St. Nick often brings along Knecht Ruprecht (Farmhand Rupert). A devil-like character dressed in dark clothes covered with bells and a dirty beard, Knecht Ruprecht carries a stick or a small whip in hand to punish any children who misbehave.

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Norway: Perhaps one of the most unorthodox Christmas Eve traditions can be found in Norway, where people hide their brooms. It’s a tradition that dates back centuries to when people believed that witches and evil spirits came out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride on. To this day, many people still hide their brooms in the safest place in the house to stop them from being stolen.

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Venezuela: Love Christmas, but think it could be improved by a spot of roller-blading? If the answer is yes, visit Caracas, Venezuela this year. Every Christmas Eve, the city’s residents head to church in the early morning – so far, so normal – but, for reasons known only to them, they do so on roller skates.

This unique tradition is so popular that roads across the city are closed to cars so that people can skate to church in safety, before heading home for the less-than-traditional Christmas dinner of ‘tamales’ (a wrap made out of cornmeal dough and stuffed with meat, then steamed).

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Day of the Little Candles, Colombia: Little Candles’ Day (Día de las Velitas) marks the start of the Christmas season across Colombia. In honor of the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception, people place candles and paper lanterns in their windows, balconies and front yards.

The tradition of candles has grown, and now entire towns and cities across the country are lit up with elaborate displays. Some of the best are found in Quimbaya, where neighborhoods compete to see who can create the most impressive arrangement.

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Cavalcade of Lights, Toronto: In wintry, wonderful Toronto the annual Cavalcade of Lights marks the official start to the holiday season. The first Cavalcade took place in 1967 to show off Toronto’s newly constructed City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.

The Square and Christmas tree are illuminated by more than 300,000 energy-efficient LED lights that shine from dusk until 11 pm until the New Year. On top of that, you’ll get to witness spectacular fireworks shows and engage in some outdoor ice skating.

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Hope you've enjoyed these....if I can, I'll see if I can find more, if not......onto more trivia!

NanaMaggie
December 15th, 2017, 08:58 AM
Yes Ma'am, really enjoyed these... skating to church, that would be fun!

KPH
December 15th, 2017, 09:34 AM
These are so neat, Anita!

Anitamae56
December 15th, 2017, 09:51 AM
Yes, enjoy these very much!

Swedish leo
December 15th, 2017, 10:07 AM
Sweden chipping in

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/sweden/articles/9-swedish-christmas-traditions-you-didnt-know-about/

Star lover
December 15th, 2017, 10:16 AM
Thank you Annika....what wonderful traditions you have......love the food!

grammaterry
December 15th, 2017, 11:40 AM
I feel like you've given me the gift of Christmas stories. I tried to forward these to my DD"s but you all know my computer skills. It just didn't work. Guess I'll have to use that antiquated thing called conversation. lol

GuitarGramma
December 15th, 2017, 04:10 PM
Thank you to both Star Lover and Annika. These are lovely.

Having read Nancy Zieman's autobiography, I thought I'd share one of her family traditions. Every Christmas Eve, after church service, they'd go home to prepare their traditional Christmas Eve meal: Oyster Stew. I think that might just harken back to Nancy's Scandinavian roots! RIP, Nancy.

cv quilter
December 16th, 2017, 01:01 PM
Annika, I thank you for that link. How interesting to see your traditions.